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To the west of the Rocky Mountain National Park lies the curiously named Never Summer Mountains, which Liz and I stopped to admire and photograph while on a drive along the Trail Ridge Road down to Grand Lake at the southern end of the park.
But I was in for an unexpected treat.
A fruitless pre-dawn search for the Leonid meteor shower resulted in this rather surreal time lapse of orange light pollution lit clouds instead.
Read more, and watch the video, by clicking on the image.
A brief interlude from the beauties of the Rocky Mountain National Park here at goHOWiE.com today.
We're back home on the North Wales coast on a cold, damp night trying to see some stars in amongst all the light pollution from the coastal strip.
It's a good job I'd learnt a trick or two recently concerning photographing under these adverse lighting conditions, because what you see on this image is nothing like what the view was like to the naked eye.
Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Milky Way #2 photo page to find out more.
Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park isn't just about mountains, as Liz and I discovered during a hike up the little used Wild Basin Trail.
Following the path of North Saint Vrain Creek and passing though mixed forests of scented pine and aspens, the hike was an absolute deight.
Here are three images showing some of the fantastic fall colours that we enjoyed on that day in late September 2015.
While Liz and I were driving along the Fall River Road, during our holiday in in the Rocky Mountain National Park, we came across a load of vehicles parked on the verge of the road.
We soon found out why, and had to stop also.
Lovely fall colours were the order of the day when Liz and I hiked the Bierstadt Lake Trail during our two week explore of the Rocky Mountain National Park this September.
It's a grey, wet, windy day outside as I write this, and looking at these photos again takes me back there. Nice!
A vertiable cornucopia of images showing the glorious fall colours Liz and I enjoyed during a single hike in the Rocky Mountain National Park during our two week stay there in late September 2015.
Click on the individual images to read more and see larger versions.
Just a short diversion from the autumnal beauties of Colorado to show the autumnal beauty of Snowdonia in this short time lapse video of typical Welsh weather in the mountains.
Being close to the sea makes a world of difference to the weather patterns.
Read more, and watch the video, by clicking on the image.
One of the main reasons Liz and I chose to visit Colorado late last September was to see the famed fall colours, as aspen and cottonwood trees go through their rapid transition from summer greenery to winter barreness (is that a word?).
Well, we weren't disappointed, with fall colours everywhere we looked.
These few examples (more to come) were photographed around the shores of Bear Lake in the Rocky Mountain National Park.
This is Lake Irene, on the west side of the Rocky Mountain National Park, which Liz and I visited briefly in passing on our way to Grand Lake at the south end of the park.
To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Lake Irene, Rocky Mountains #1 photo page.
Although almost all of the photos I produce are in colour, there's still a place for monochrome, especially when you want to add drama to a scene.
In these two images of Sprague Lake and Brainard Lake in the Rocky Mountains I took advantage of a monochrome conversion to push the contrast far beyond what could be achieved in colour.
This alternative processing route creates a very different feel to the final image than you get with a 'normal' colour process.
Today's images form the Rocky Mountain National Park show Bierstadt Lake, decked out in the lovely colours of Autumn.
The hike Liz and I made to Bierstatd and back was one of the highlights of our two week stay, and looking at the views perhaps you can see why!
There are only a couple of paved roads in the Rocky Mountain National Park, but what's lacking in quantity is certainly made up for in quality.
I like driving on dramatic roads when I'm away on holiday, but nothing prepared Liz and me for the jaw dropping scenery we saw from the Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the United States.
Here are just three examples of what I'm talking about, and there's more to come.
During Liz's and my stay in Estes Park by the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, I made a point of getting up well before dawn on a few occasions to watch the sunrise at Sprague Lake.
I encountered a variety of weather and lake conditions, with this sunrise being one of the most dramatic.
To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountains #2 photo page.
This Saturday just gone, the 7th November, was the evening of the Llandudno fireworks display.
Liz and I always make an effort to go, and this year we arrived extra early to get a grandstand view from above the pier.
I've compiled a gallery of images from the evening, which you can view by clicking on the thumbnail, or you can view a slide show of my favourite shots at this link.
The Rocky Mountains at night take on a whole different ambiance from the daytime experience.
The well known locations, such as Bear Lake and Sprague Lake pictured here, are all but deserted so one can sit, watch and listen in perfect peace.
Except for the occasional click of a shutter that is.
One thing I wasn't expecting to find at 9,500 feet in the Rocky Mountains was a lake covered in lily pads.
But it seems that our whole trip to this beautiful part of the United States was once suprise after another, so why should the lovely Nymph Lake be any different.
To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Nymph Lake, Rocky Mountains #1 photo page.
Here's a short interlude from my series of images from the Rocky Mountains.
I shot these two night time time lapse videos showing the movement of the milky way last Monday, the only clear night we've had for ages.
The first video was cut short due to a technical ommission on my part, but I've included it here as a salutory lesson to remind me not to be so silly next time.
The second video didn't suffer from any technical lapses, but was shot under challenging lighting conditions given that the main subject matter was stars.
Click on the thumbnails to watch the videos and read more about what I did, both right and wrong.
During our holiday in and around Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, Liz and I met loads of very friendly locals, a good proportion of which told us we must make the hike to Alberta Falls.
Who were we to argue?
To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Alberta Falls, Rocky Mountains #1 photo page.
Of all the places Liz and I visited during our trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park, Mills Lake, pictured here, most closely resembled our home scenery of Snowdonia.
With grey skies and grey rocks we felt right at home!
One of the highlights of Liz's and my holiday in Estes Park, Colorado, was the driving.
There are some great roads to be enjoyed, and with the promise of a cinnamon roll at the end of it, the Devil's Gulch road didn't really live up to its name.
Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Devil's Gulch Road #1 photo page to read more.
As far as US history goes, Estes Park in Colorado seems to have more than its fair share, with well preserved old wooden buildings dating back around a hundred years or so.
The best known is the Stanley Hotel, pictured here nestled against the peaks of Lumpy Ridge.
To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Estes Park, Stanley Hotel #1 photo page.
The total lunar eclipse of September 27th 2015 was an event I was determined not to miss, so I was really pleased when I realised that Liz and I would be on holiday right next to the Rocky Mountain National Park on that night.
So we took full advantage of our privileged location, and you can read more about our evening at high altitude, and watch the video, by clicking on the image.
One of the nicest aspects of Liz's and my two week visit to the Rocky Mountain National Park was hiking to the various lakes scattered through the mountains.
Although we didn't see all of them, those we did visit were absolutely beautiful, such as Dream Lake pictured here, with Hallett Peak in the background.
To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Dream Lake, Rocky Mountains #1 photo page.
Perched on the aptly named Lumpy Ridge, this rock formation, known locally as the Twin Owls, really stood out in the light of the setting sun as Liz and I enjoyed the peace and quiet on the patio of our hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Rocky Mountains Twin Owls #1 photo page to read more.
During Liz's and my two week stay in Estes Park, by the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, we only saw a brief rain shower twice.
So I guess rainbows are quite rare in this part of the world, and create quite a stir when they occur.
To read more, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Rainbow, Rocky Mountains #1 photo page.
What a difference half an hour makes.
Taken on two adjacent mornings, but with half an hour's difference in time, these two images of sunrise on the peaks of the Rocky Mountains show just how quickly the colour temperature of sunlight changes at this latitude.
Plus, of course, it's a very dramatic scene.
This is the last of my panoramic images from Liz's and my holiday in the Rocky Mountains.
It's also the biggest at a full 360 degree coverage, and it's also the highest, shot from the top of Huffers Hill above the Alpine Visitor Centre.
Back to more 'normal' sized photos next time.
To read more, and see a larger version of this monster panorama, click on the image to visit my dedicated photo page.
During our stay in Estes Park, Colorado, Liz and I kept being told by the locals that the weather in the Rocky mountain National Park was unusually mild for the time of year.
And so it was, with only a light dusting of snow falling over one night while we were there.
So, of course, we made the most of it with an expedition to the highest point we could get to by car.
To read more, and see a larger version of this Rocky Mountain panorama, click on the photo.
One thing that really stood out for Liz and I during our fall trip to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado was the glorious colours of the aspens and cottonwood trees, decked out in their autumn finery.
We stopped to photograph these lovely examples while hiking the trail from Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake on a bright, crisp morning.
Where else would you want to be?
As usual, a click on the photo will take you to a dedicated photo page, where you can read more and see larger versions of this image.
It's now nearly a month since Liz and I returned from our adventures in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, and reviewing photos from the trip while outside in North Wales the weather is flat grey and damp gives me great pleasure and happy memories.
Our trip just seemed to be one stunning location after another, and Brainard Lake, pictured here in this panorama with the mountains in the background, was one such spot.
Click on the photo to read more and see larger versions of the image.
Having finished presenting Rocky Mountain time lapse videos here at goHOWiE.com, I'm now moving on to panoramas.
This beautiful scene is Bear Lake, high in the Rockies, with Hallett Peak reflecting in the still waters of the lake.
The images were shot in late September, just at the height of the fall colours, and you can see patches of glowing golden aspens interspersed amongst the pines.
An absolutely wonderful time and place to be.
Read more, and see larger versions of the image by clicking on the photo.
This is the last of my Rocky Mountain time lapses, and shows hikers and traffic at the Alpine Visitor Centre, high up at 12,000 feet on the Trail Ridge Road.
The climb up to this vantage point was quite a challenge, and you can read more about it and check out the video by clicking on the thumbnail.
Two Rocky Mountain time lapse videos to enjoy today here at goHOWiE.com, both shot from the same spot on the shores of Sprague Lake in the rocky Mountain National Park, but on different evenings.
Sprague Lake is such a beatiful spot liz and I just couldn't keep away, staying and watching long past sunset, when everyone else had gone home.
Click on the thumbnails to watch the videos and read more about them.
Yet another beautiful Rocky Mountain lake to enjoy.
Today's time lapse video and still image shows dusk over Lily Lake, just to the south of Estes Park and right on the edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Although not in as a dramatic a setting as some of the other lakes we visited, Liz and I really enjoyed our times here - a truly lovely spot in God's creation.
As usual, click on the thumbnails to see the video and still photo and read more.
At over 10,000 feet above sea level, even the walk from the car park to the shore of Brainard Lake left Liz and me somewhat breathless, having arrived in Colorado from sea level just a couple of days previously.
Never mind though, as the view from this spot was stunning, with the Rocky Mountains reflecting in the still waters of the lake with sunlight playing over the peaks.
The weather didn't stay sunny for long however....
Click on the thumbnails to see the video and still photo and read more about our first trip to Brainard Lake.
As Liz and I quickly discovered during our two week stay close to the Rocky Mountain National Park, it's the early visitor that catches the car parking space.
But no parking problem for us on this particular morning, arriving at Bear Lake well before dawn to catch the beauty of the sunrise on Hallett Peak from the shores of the lake.
This time lapse video and still image shows that sunrise, with the added bonus of a mirror like surface on the water, giving an 'amost too good to be true' reflection to enjoy as well.
Click on the thumbnails to see the video and still photo and read more about our dawn at Bear Lake.
Sprague Lake, in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, must be one of the most photographed places on earth judging by the number of snappers who turn up there every morning to see the sunrise.
And I was no exception.
Having discovered this beautiful spot early on during Liz's and my stay in the area it became one of my 'go to' places for both early morning and evening photographic excursions.
On show today here at goHOWiE.com is a time lapse video and still image from one such very early start.
As usual, you can check out the video and still photo and read more about the taking of them by clicking on the images.
During our holiday in the Rocky Mountains Liz and I saw many beautiful views, and one of the most impressive was this view from Rainbow Curve on the Trail Ridge Road, overlooking Horseshoe Park, Sheep Lakes and the Alluvial Fan.
You can enjoy this view too, here at goHOWiE.com in the form of a time lapse video and still image, but it has to be experienced first hand for a true appreciation.
Check out the video and still photo and read more about the taking of them by clicking on the images.
And now for something completely different...
Having explored the beauties of Mallorca for the past few weeks here at goHOWiE.com, we're now shooting halfway around the world and up several thousand feet (or a few thousand metres) to take a look at the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado, U.S.A.
Over a two week period spent in the Rockies I took ~13,500 photos, most of which were in the form of time lapse stills, and here is the first of those time lapse videos, together with a still image from the shoot, filmed a couple of nights into Liz's and my holiday.
The video and still image show the milky way arching through the night sky, and you can check out the video and still photo by clicking on the images.
Here's the final photo that I'm presenting here at goHOWiE.com from Liz's and my recent trip to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.
My favourite memory from the island is driving on the crazy but wonderful roads that snake and twist through the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains.
So it's most fitting that I should end our photographic excursion with an image of the famous 'slipknot', found on the MA-2141 as it makes its tortuous way down to the seaside resort of sa Calobra.
As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Sierra de Tramuntana, Mallorca #7 photo page to read more.
Two more images from the seaside resort of Santanyi, Mallorca here today at goHOWiE.com, this time of a restored watch tower high on the cliffs above the village.
Santayi proved to be a fascinating place, with visual treats hidden away in the mosst unlikely places.
For instance, this tower was at the end of a residential street which Liz and I found purely by chance.
A visit to the seaside resort of Santanyi, on the south eastern corner of Mallorca, wouldn't be complete without a photographic expedition to the iconic sea arch.
But it was a lot harder to find than I imagined.
Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Santanyi Sea Arch, Mallorca #1 photo page to read more.
One of the more pleasant suprises Liz and I enjoyed during our ten day break on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca was a visit to the seaside resort of Santanyi.
I was expecting a crass, over developed tourist trap, but what we found was something else entirely.
A lovely end to a lovely day spent in the Snowdonia National Park, filmed from the end of Llyn Padarn by Llanberis.
As well as watching entranced as the light faded from the landscape, I had an additional treat in the form of a chat with local photographer Kris Williams who happened by as I was shooting.
Find out more by clicking on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llyn Padarn Timelapse #3 page to watch the videos and read more about Kris's work.
Here's two images from different seaside towns on Mallorca, both having something in common.
What they have in common is the amount of stuff I had to exclude from the compositions in order to bring coherent meaning to the final images.
Less definitely is more in these cases.
Wow! Just got back from an amazing two weeks in the Rocky Mountains, hence the pause in posting new images here at goHOWiE.com.
And this highlights a problem, in that I'm generating new materials, images, videos and such, much faster than I'm able to process the files, and very much faster than I'm able to place images, plus a little write up, on line.
In fact, I reckon I'm now about nine months behind overall, so those Rocky Mountain pictures may appear next summer sometime!
In the meantime, I'm busy finishing off my chosen images from our trip to Mallorca, and here are three from the seaside resort of Sant Elm, on the south western tip of the island.