SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 035

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

After two Sundays covering over 1,100 photos, we’ll get down to more reasonable numbers.

Regular readers know we — Melisa and me — used to live in Colorado, but it might be news to new readers. OK, OK . . . I have no new readers. But, let me ask you this, regular readers: did you know I snapped a lot of photos while living in Colorado?

You did? . . . well, then this might be boring . . .

The name in the car should give a strong hint as to the location, but if not, you can read THIS post to learn more . . . or keep reading below to get the gist of the original post.

Yup, that’s the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. I’d provide a link, but no matter what I pick will reference one of the most overrated movies I’ve ever had the pleasure of not finish watching.

That’s right . . . The Shining.

Didn’t like the actors or plot, and the only reason I can think it’s considered a classic is because a few catchphrases made their way into popular culture. Also, if you’re into film, it seems required that you have to kiss Kubrick’s ass.

By the way, I’m also not impressed with King, probably because he doesn’t write about stuff — or in a style — that I like. Apparently, many people rank him as a great author, but that ain’t me, Bob.

But, that’s not what this gallery is about. We weren’t here to feast our eyes on an old quasi-historic building . . . we were here to visit the Rocky Mountains National Park.

Not one of my most favorite parks, but one that was reasonably close to where we lived.

What’s wrong with the park?

Nothing. It’s a fine park as scenery goes, but, other than birds and small mammals, you don’t see anywhere near the fauna you cross paths with in Yellowstone . . .

By the way, for years, I identified those birds as ptarmigans . . . but they’re actually Dusky Grouses.

Don’t get me wrong, I like scenery. I might not be a great landscape photographer, but I can enjoy grandiose vistas and even manage a couple of passable photos . . .

Mind you, I can probably do a better job of processing the photos now than I did back then . . .

Hmm . . . I guess it depends on what one prefers.

One thing that’s difficult to get from the photos is the scale of what you’re looking at . . . until you look at the size of the trees.

I mentioned small mammals . . .

It kind of blends in, don’t it?

There are also flowers, and mountain flowers are interesting . . . because I’m not used to seeing them.

. . . and neither are my readers since these are not well-photographed . . .

So, to recap . . .

Small mammals.
Curious birds.

“Wait . . . what was that?”

You mean this?

“Yeah. That don’t look like a small mammal.”

There are Elk in the park. Sometimes, many Elks. And there’s Moose, and Cougars, and Bears . . . but you don’t often see them. At least not on this visit. There were other times where we saw many Elks, once when we saw a Moose, but we never saw a bear.

But we saw lots of small mammals . . .

I suppose one could live on small mammals alone, but, given the choice, I’d prefer to photograph larger mammals.

Anyway, here is the slideshow for the gallery. If you prefer, you can just visit the Gallery HERE.

Note: the transition is set to 2sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can still scroll through the photos or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of Rocky Mountains National Park — (95 photos)

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