Rock Mountain National Park, Colorado (CO), USA

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rock Mountain National Park, Colorado (CO), USA

Map: Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is home to a variety of ecosystems. The wetlands areas includes some 150 lakes and 450 miles of streams. Above the wetlands, you’ll find fragile alpine tundra. The climate here is too harsh for most trees, but nestled close to the ground is a dense carpet of plants. Life persists even in this extreme environments. If you visit the park, be sure to drive the Trail Ridge Road. You’ll get a closer look at this alpine tundra – and some breathtaking views from the top of the world.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park check out the US National Park Website.

This location provided a stunning foreground for my photograph, and the distant cloud cover was perfectly lit by the setting sun. I created this single-exposure image with a soft GND filter. I used layers and masks in Photoshop to make targeted adjustments that helped bring out the details and textures in the image.

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