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Erik Stensland
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Professional Landscape Photographer - Estes Park, CO
Professional Landscape Photographer - Estes Park, CO

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Last night I knew conditions would finally be right for a shot I've been wanting to get, so I hiked up to Mills Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park and was able to enjoy this spectacular scene. If you look closely, you can see some of the rocks and logs below the water's surface. The light on the peaks is from moonlight.
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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
A recent sunrise in Glacier Gorge, Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Good morning! Here's a  view of Lake Haiyaha and the final rays of the day light Longs Peak high above it.

Most summers I find my greatest challenges to be the constant cloudless skies which are not very conducive to photography, but this year has really been quite amazing with very dynamic weather. This is what we photographers dream of. It has also been a banner years for tundra wildflowers. It seems that Rocky is putting on its best show to celebrate its 100th year. I hope you all get a chance to visit and help us celebrate!

Wishing you all a great day!
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On Saturday morning I hiked up above tree line in Rocky Mountain National Park to get to this location. It took me a little longer to get there than I had anticipated, but I still arrived in time to get a few shots of the stars above a portion of Taylor Peak. The winds were howling at about 30+mph and at times the clouds flew overhead at great speed. On this shot the clouds lined up perfectly to help accentuate the mountain. There was also moonlight to help light the scene and show the details in the land. 
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This morning I had to wear a down jacket with a wind breaker over the top as well as winter gloves and still I was shivering from the cold winds blowing over the Continental Divide. The photo looks warm, but it certainly wasn't! This is summer in the mountains. Yet, it was worth braving the cold to enjoy such a beautiful sunrise. I hope you enjoy it too!
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As well as fun, celebration, joy and laughter all of our lives are also touched by difficulty, pain, challenge and loss. There is not one of us who can escape it. Some of us try to push it down and hide or ignore it, others wallow in it and refuse to notice the sun breaking through the clouds. Yet somehow we must learn to live in the tension recognizing and accepting both the good and the painful things that exist in our world and in our lives. For me, I find great consolation in beauty.

True beauty flourishes in places of pain whether it be a lone flower springing to life following a wildfire or the selfless act of another person caring for someone in need. Beauty seems to accept the reality of both dimensions. You can often feel the sadness when you look at something of great beauty and yet at the same time it gives a sense of comfort and even hope. Beauty seems to say, "I understand. I see your pain and feel it too, yet live in hope for all shall be well."
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We had a beautiful start to the day here in Rocky Mountain National Park this morning. At this time of year the alpine tundra is filled with wildflowers while the higher mountains still hold on to their snow. 
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It's a beautiful start to the day here in Rocky Mountain National Park! This was my view just after sunrise this morning, up at Bear Lake. Hope you can make it up here and escape the summer heat. 
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Happy Monday from Rocky Mountain National Park! It is another blue-bird sky morning here in the park. While the rest of you are baking in the heat, we're expecting a high of 61 degrees today up at Bear Lake. If you can't get away, then I hope this photo from this morning will at least help to briefly transport you here.
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It is a beautiful day up here in Rocky Mountain National Park. The birds are singing joyously in the warm spring air and the aspen leaves are fresh and green. I saw numerous elk, lots of mule deer and a number of turkeys. The park roads also seemed to be unusually quiet this morning. It is hard to imagine a better start to the day.
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