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Erik Stensland
Works at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Lives in Estes Park, Colorado
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It's another beautiful spring morning in Estes Park, Colorado. We had a stunning sunrise this morning and it looks like it is going to be a very nice day with temps in the 60s. Green grass is slowly beginning to appear in the lower meadows and birds can be heard in all the trees. It is so wonderful to see everything come to life. 2014 ⓒ Erik Stensland
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This morning I enjoyed watching the sun set behind the clouds at sunrise. It made for a great start to the day, reminding me of the incredible beauty of this world we inhabit. 
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That is very nice!
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Here's another photograph from yesterday morning, taken a little bit earlier. This is Hallett Peak bathed in the warm light of the rising son. Surprisingly, the temperature on this morning, according to the car thermometer and my frozen fingers, was 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Just two days earlier it was nearly 70 degrees!
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Springtime in the Rockies!!  Gotta love it out here!!
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Sunset on Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park.
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Great sunset
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I just returned last night from a nice 1,600 mile drive with my 9 year old son. We visited a lot of beautiful places including Buckskin Gulch which is probably the longest and deepest slot canyon in the world. Here's an abstract shot from the canyon. What you can't tell from this image is that you are looking at about a 50' section of wall here.
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The first flower of the year to bloom in Rocky Mountain National Park is typically the pasque flower. The name "pasque" actually means Easter and sure enough if you look hard you will find them blooming each year as we approach this holy time of year. This flower is undeterred by cold, snow and other harsh conditions that can often be found at this time of year. In fact, if you look closely you will see that this little flower has ice crystals all over its top half. 

I shot this photo just about an hour ago in Lumpy Ridge. 2014 ⓒ Erik Stensland
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Looks like it has fairy dust on it. Beautiful! :-)
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Good morning! We had a wonderful snowstorm yesterday which created the most incredible skiing conditions and then today we have blue skies over Rocky Mountain National Park. Wish you were here! 
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+Ben Fullerton, the skiing is fabulous. I was out yesterday for a couple of hours.  I so wish I didn't have a day full of meetings!!!
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This last week I took my 9 year old son to Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado. It was fascinating to see something of this well-developed civilization that lived in the surrounding cliffs nearly 700 years ago.
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+Bonnie Bronleewe That's what I was dreaming of as well. :D
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This is a fabulous place along the Oregon coast called "Thor's Well". There is a bit of a tunnel that leads from the ocean up to this opening. When the waves hit it just right, it splashes up into the air. On this night, I captured it as the sun set behind it.
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Wowsa
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Professional Landscape Photographer - Estes Park, CO
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Erik is a professional landscape photographer who lives in Estes Park Colorado at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. You can view thousands of his photos at: http://ImagesofRMNP or even better, visit his gallery in downtown Estes. 


Artist Statement

Photography is a way for me to communicate my deepest feelings about our natural world. To me, nature is more than a random collection of mineral elements and organic growth; it is a story which tells us who we are. Today people flock to the mountains, deserts and oceans to connect with a deep longing and desire that they feel in the presence of untamed nature, a yearning that is hard to put into words, an almost spiritual connection with these wild places. One of the connecting threads behind these feelings is the concept of beauty, yet for many artists beauty is passé. Pablo Picasso was once asked what he thought of beauty. He responded, “To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to.” Unlike Picasso, I believe that beauty holds a message and my photography is an attempt to explore the deep voice of beauty.

My work is characterized by vibrant natural colors which are typically found at sunrise or sunset. Having spent over a decade in post-communist Europe where much was very gray, I returned to the United States with a deep hunger for color and so I’ve made that a key element of my photography. I believe that it gives my images a vibrant and hopeful feel which can speak into our mundane and often pain filled lives.

My primary area of focus is Rocky Mountain National Park. I’ve spent over 7 years exploring its 415 sq. miles, building the most extensive collection of fine art images of the park. Beyond Rocky, I’m actively building collections in the Desert Southwest and the United Kingdom.

These days I am shooting with the Canon 5D Mark ii and four lenses; a 24-105 F4, a 70-200 F4 a 24 F1.4 and a Nikon 14-24 (with adapter). Previously I used a 4”x5” wooden view camera. I typically display my prints in a plaque format with a UV protective laminate over the print. This avoids the glare of glass and gives the images an almost three-dimensional feel.

At the moment I sell my work primarily through my own gallery in Estes Park as well as via my website. My work has been on display in many venues and in September of 2010 the new Four Seasons Hotel in Denver opened with 525 of my prints adorning the walls of the guest rooms and suites. I also have a book published by Skyline Press called “Images of Rocky Mountain National Park” which can be found at bookstores throughout Colorado.
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