My brother and sister-in-law came for a visit this week. We showed them the local sites, starting with a morning drive to Allenspark. Along the way I got a nice shot of Longs Peak. . .
This close up of the aspen reflected in the pond reminds me of a Dennis Reinke painting. . .
After a yummy breakfast at Meadow Mountain Cafe, we headed to Rocky Mountain National Park for a drive up Old Fall River Road. We had driven less than a mile when we came across this bull elk out for a stroll -- just lolligagging on the side of the road. Lolligagging, I tell you. We stopped to take a photo. The bull kept walking until he reached our car. Then he stopped and posed for us. . .
After we took our snapshots, he moved on. No doubt looking for another photo op. . .
Next stop Chasm Falls. I never tire of photographing this lovely place. .
Rugged beauty surrounds the Old Fall River Road. . .
At the top of Trail Ridge we stopped for lunch, then drove on to Grand Lake. Along the way we spotted another bull elk. . .
Farther down the highway, a crowd of parked cars alerted us to the possibility of another animal sighting. Sure enough, a bull moose had hunkered down in a meadow, about 1/4 mile from the road. The size of his head told us he must be a very large bull. . .
We drove on to Grand Lake for ice cream, then returned to find the moose standing. Indeed, he was quite large. . .
This is the first bull moose I've seen since moving here last year. I'm glad I got to share the experience with my loved ones.
After seeing our family off this morning, Dennis participated in the Scottish Festival Paint Out competition. The artists had one hour to paint a portrait and frame it. I'm proud of my husband's work. . .
What makes this very special is that the painting went home with the model's family.
“May God bless you to live as long as you want to; and want to as long as you live!” -- Scottish Proverb