The 100th Anniversary celebrations of Rocky Mountain National Park began this year in September, with special events held each month until next September, and my husband and I felt that visiting the park again on our 40th wedding anniversary would be a fun thing to do! I want to thank everyone for all their well wishes on our anniversary and my husband's retirement on that post--you made our celebrations even happier with all your nice comments!
Autumn's full tree and shrub color begins early in the higher elevations of Colorado in September, but we hoped there would still be some color in early October......
....and, happily, we were not disappointed!
There were still many aspen trees on the lower part of the park in full leaf.
They made a beautiful necklace around the lowest perimeter of the park leading towards Longs Peak
The spectacular Rocky Mountain vistas are breathtaking, but autumn colors along the way made this visit to the park an extra special treat.
We were fortunate that there had also been a snowfall on the high mountain peaks the week before, that made them also look even more defined and beautiful!
Everywhere we drove there were autumn trees to light our way.
The first day we entered the park, we stopped at one of the large meadows towards the late afternoon, as we knew the elk rut season was still in progress, and we hoped to see some elk herds gathered there. The first meadow we stopped at was in the Moraine Park section. We saw a large elk heard in front of the Stanley Hotel the day before in Estes Park--click here to read that post and see a couple ghosts-- but seeing the elk in Rocky Mountain National Park is always a treat, as they are in a more natural environment.
Again, we were not disappointed!
The fencing in the backgrounds of some of the photos above is an effort by RMNP to conserve some of the trees and vegetation from the ever growing elk population. The entire report about this effort can be read here.
We were excited to see two young bulls practicing their dueling skills in the meadow. When they are mature adults they will be able to attract females by proving their superior physical strength as part of the mating ritual, by challenging other bucks and winning the duel. Some bulls will even fight to the death!
Also delightful for us on our first day in the park, was taking a few strolls along aspen trails. The wind rustling the quaking aspen tree leaves is such a beautiful sound! Would you like to hear it? Then please go to my blog's facebook page at this link, and you will! I posted a short video there. It was quite windy the first day we were in the park. I hope you will also look around at other things on my facebook wall as I always try to share uplifting and interesting things I find on facebook, as well as blog updates and personal things. I also have an Instagram page which you can access on this link. I am amazed by all the wonderful photos I am finding on Instagram, and connecting with people through photography.
I have more to show you about our autumn visit to Rocky Mountain National Park on future posts. It's a big National Park!
If you'd like to read a more detailed trip we took through the park last year--we traveled the entire Trail Ridge Road through the park, which is the highest continuous paved road in the United States--you can click these links: RMNP Part One, RMNP Part Two, RMNP Part Three.
I'm linking this post to the following blog events:
Thanks to all the blog hosts!