Winter Solstice - 2014

December 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I made a trip the evening of the Winter Solstice to Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake, Colorado, to catch some of the beauty of the winter season. Framed PeakFramed PeakPeak in the Never Summer Mountains framed by treezs

 

My first stop in the park, just past the Entrance Station on the Grand Lake side, was the Harbison Meadow, where there's a delightful XC ski or snowshoe trail. It takes one along the Colorado River and loops back to the parking lot, a great 3 mile or so loop.

 

Colorado River in WinterColorado River in WinterColorado River in Winter, in Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Green Mountain CabinGreen Mountain Cabin

 

The sunset was a grand one, I snapped a few shots before heading to the town of Grand Lake to catch the Holiday Light show before the stars came out in the Park.

Bowen Gulch SunsetBowen Gulch Sunset

 

The town's Christmas Lights are a sight to behold, shining on the white snow.

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Grand Lake Christmas Decorations -1Grand Lake Christmas Decorations -1Holiday Decorations in Grand Lake, Colorado

 

Grand Lake Christmas Decorations -2Grand Lake Christmas Decorations -2Holiday Decorations in Grand Lake, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Lake Christmas Decorations -4Grand Lake Christmas Decorations -4Holiday Decorations in Grand Lake, Colorado

 

Warmed up and ready to shoot some stars, I drove back to the Bowen-Baker Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. Clouds were rolling through by this point, but the peaks and stars didn't disappoint.

Never Summer GalaxyNever Summer GalaxyMilky Way over Bowen Gulch in the Never Sumner Mountains

Grand Lake GlowGrand Lake GlowGlow of Grand Lake in the Kawuneeche Valley, RMNP, with snow sprites flying in the winter air.

 

 

 

A Star to Guide UsA Star to Guide UsStars over Bowen Gulch in RMNP

 

Winter is a wonderful time to visit the Park, just be sure to dress warm and remember you're in the high country, the weather can change in a moment!

 

Rocky Mountain National Park Information

Grand Lake Colorado Chamber

 


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