I have never been to Rock Mountain National Park. Yeah… seriously.
With all of the locations I drive to regularly in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, for some reason, I have never been.
It’s especially odd, now that I think of it, because of how (relatively) close and how stunningly beautiful I hear it is.
So, I’ve been planning to spend a week there at the end of June.
I will piggyback off a job I have in Telluride over the fourth, and a stock assignment in Big Bend National Park.
Adding in a few extra stops like Canyon de Chelley in Arizona, this thing has really turned into quite the road-trip…
To top it all off, Canon is sending me a few lenses to evaluate, which I will review here on the blog… check back to see me put some exciting lenses to the test!
I am really looking forward to spending some quality time in phenomenally beautiful Rocky Mountain NP with Canon’s long awaited 500mm f/4L II and 24mm f/1.4L II.
The closest I’ve been to RMNP was a backpacking trip a few friends and I took in 2008 to Indian Peaks Wilderness.
IPW is within Arapahoe National Forest and borders the southern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park.
I’ve been to a lot of beautiful places, but Indian Peaks Wilderness was certainly one of the most stunning.
And then of course… like an old friend waiting for a long overdue visit… Big Bend. Except for 2012, I have been at least once every year for the last 10+ years.
It’s a magical place. With a character and an energy like no other place I’ve been, it has the ability to soothe ones soul. It’s a perfect mixture of southwest desert and rugged mountains.
Along with the lenses, I will be testing out some new filters, new techniques, and I hope it will be a rejuvenating experience. And I want to share it with all of you…
So please, feel free to ask questions, give tips, make comments, and check back over the next several weeks for updates. I will be sharing some of the secrets and tricks of the trade!
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