But yesterday evening as I sat down in my easy chair I picked up John Fielder’s book Photographing the Landscape: The Art of Seeing. That immediately inspired me to go out and photograph the landscape today. And incidentally to hike.
I went back to Rocky Mountain National Park this morning. But for the first time I hiked to the summit of Deer Mountain.
The hike was easy. Just six miles out and back with only 1,083 feet elevation gain to the peak at 10,013 feet. The cool, crisp, sunny, windless weather couldn’t have been better.
The landscape was mostly open with vistas to the south of Longs Peak. I couldn’t stop staring and shooting:
To the northwest are Mount Chapin, Mount Chiquita, and Mount Ypsilon all in a row. A month ago I climbed to the top of Mount Chapin at 12,454 feet. The middle peak is Mount Chiquita at 13,069 feet, and Mount Ypsilon is 13,514. The snow-filled “Y” on Mount Ypsilon is a little hard to make out in this shot, but this feature prompted my cousin’s wife to give it that name 120 years ago, and the name stuck:
Today as I climbed Deer Mountain I thought that I might see deer. And I saw this one:
Near the summit the aspens are beginning to turn. A ranger told me this morning that she expects them to turn quickly this year, because of the early freeze last week. I’m so glad that I was able to get this view along the trail: