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Erik Stensland
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Sunrise this morning in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. 
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That is majesty if I ever saw it.
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I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise this morning overlooking Horseshoe Park, in Rocky Mountain National Park. 
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This morning the ponderosa trees were all covered in fresh snow creating a beautiful scene to photograph at sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park. #RMNP  
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Gorgeous! I like the snow on the trees, many details to look at!
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On a day much like today, I was out walking through the fields looking for a way to shoot the ice covered aspen and as I came around a bend I found two bull elk grazing. They were as surprised as I was, lifted their heads and watched this strange photographer as he setup his tripod and took their photo.

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Incredible! I normally find wildlife photos a bit boring compared to majestic landscapes, but not this one!
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What a delightful morning this was. A fresh snow had fallen covering the landscape while Dream Lake had still not frozen allowing Flattop Mountain to reflect in its still waters. It was another beautiful morning in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Antigua G, si yo hoy
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Last night I went to enjoy the stars over Glacier Gorge, Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a beautiful night out there with fresh snow on the peaks and trees. You may be wondering why the stars look so strange. It is because this is a 10 minute exposure allowing the earth's rotation to create a sense of movement in the stars. We typically don't notice that the ground beneath our feet is spinning so quickly.

Don't forget to join us tomorrow night for the celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th anniversary! https://www.facebook.com/events/708541385925806/
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+Kevin Reaves, so do I!!
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Breaking clouds over Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park last night just before sunset. 
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I flew over you yesterday, beautiful view and shapes of life.
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A gentle sunrise this morning at Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. 
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This morning the winds were howling and the snow was blowing up in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was planning to go out and ski the fresh powder but because of the winds I decided to instead wimp out and find something to photograph. This morning a full moon set behind the mountains just as the sun was lighting the clouds above. It was a really dramatic scene, especially with all of the blowing snow in the trees. Did any of you get out to see this morning's moonset/sunrise?
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Soo is a super MOON...nice,nice foto
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I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.  - Sarah Williams

This is Longs Peak over Glacier Gorge, Rocky Mountain National Park last week. We get the most amazing night skies, particularly in the winter. Please feel free to share this post.
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Thank you +AL Thomas, +ratnasari dewi and +anto tommasi! I'm glad that you enjoyed the image. :)
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Happy Birthday Rocky Mountain National Park!!! May this be the first of many centennial celebrations!
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Thank you +Erik Stensland I came up yesterday about 4:30 am and got some very nice sunrise shots which I will post sometime this week. I thank you because during the day the park was so busy for a Monday. I could not figure out why but the 100 anniversary celebration answers that question.
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This morning was one of those mornings when I stand in awe at the beauty of this place. After yesterday's snowstorm the skies cleared and the first rays of the morning lit the snow covered mountains revealing their majesty and awe inspiring wonder. Though it was a bit chilly out this morning (-2F), it was incredibly beautiful. I need to find a way to play hooky today and spend some more time in the park today.
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Amazing photograph. Nicely done +Erik Stensland ;)
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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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Bloomington, Minnesota - Tirana, Albania - Prishtina, Kosova - Baden, Austria - Pernik, Bulgaria
I've had my cars serviced here for a number of years now. They don't charge you for anything you don't absolutely need. They understand what it is like to work on a tight budget and treat their customers fairly. It is nice to have people I can trust working on my vehicle.
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I am almost reluctant to post a review here as this place is a wonderful little secret. Everyone who works here is so real, friendly and helpful, that is makes it a pleasure to visit. Dr. Pike is not only competent, but dedicated and compassionate. I hear stories of him driving for over an hour each way to come up here to help someone on a weekend or at Christmas. He truly cares for his patients and that is very visible in both his actions and demeanor. This is definitely the best dentist office I've ever been to!
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