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"To see what is before us instead of what we imagine to be there means being present and alive in the here and now, a state of alertness that most of us seldom experience or can sustain for very long. And since most of the duties expected of us require single-mindedness, it is often counterproductive to be aware of the details of our surroundings. But the rewards for being able to experience this state of alertness at will are great."

From the preface to FIELD OF VISION by Lisa Knopp

These are the first photos from my recent trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado, about 75 miles northwest of Denver. The scenery is much different from the sandstone and desert settings that I favor, and is much more of an Alpine setting. The biggest challenge in visiting and hiking in this park is the elevation, which ranges from approximately 8,500 to 12,000 feet - we did more huffing and puffing than hiking as a result.

Numerous streams and creeks run through the park, often visible only for a short distance before winding their way back into the woods. We spent several hours one day at a stretch of a a creek along Bear Lake Road, intrigued by the fast-flowing water and how it coursed over and around the rocks in the creek bed. These three images show you some small section - each no more than two square feet - of that area. It's fun to use the camera to transform the fast-flowing, noisy water into a frozen silken curtain that wraps around the rocks. For me, the challenge is to isolate these scenes and see them as different from the rushing and crashing of water against rock.

If you are interested in excellent landscape photography, take a look at NATURE'S AMERICA which captures images from around the US, or PLATEAU LIGHT which contains images from the Arizona-Utah redrock canyon country, or ARIZONA: THE BEAUTY OF IT ALL. All are reasonably priced for photography books of this type, and you'll find them endlessly enjoyable.

Also, there are many resources on the Web concerning various aspects of landscape and environmental issues, and more. Among the more interesting ones I can suggest are the Bureau of Land Management's Visual Resource Management program, the National Park Service, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

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There are several nature writers whose work I really enjoy reading, including Edward Abbey, Barry Lopez, Joseph Wood Krutch, and Henry David Thoreau and Everett Ruess. To see a list of their writings, please visit the Natural Escape Writer's page, and spend some time browsing through the titles.

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