I swear spring is coming. One of these weeks, the high country of Colorado will thaw out and all those beautiful alpine lakes will be free of snow and ice. It’s just not going to be this week. Regardless of the typical spring weather we’ve been experiencing on the Front Range, its great to get out of the office, and into the field to shoot scenes like this. Some of my best winter like scenes are actually photographed during the springtime. Springtime in Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park tend to be snowy and wet. Perfect conditions to photograph more intimate scenes of nature that may not photograph so well under harsher sunlit conditions.
The past few days have seen a typical unsettled weather pattern moving affecting the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Storms moving through the Colorado from the Pacific have been dropping a few inches of heavy wet snow every few days. Heavy wet spring snow coats the conifers lining the slopes of Rocky Mountain National Park, and fog drifts in and off the peaks periodically. The weather causes diffused lighting conditions. I spent the last week photographing the Moraine Park area as these storms would pass through Rocky and came away with many unique images. I love how the lighting conditions render the scene with a cooler blue hue and the pine trees in Moraine are weighed heavily with fresh spring snow. It was a good week for photography and I would certainly welcome another week of unsettled weather. I promise, before you know it I’ll be posting images of pristine Alpine lakes reflecting majestic peaks, its just not going to be today.