Macro in the Rockies

Posted: November 14, 2015 in Uncategorized
I think the elevation was about 8,000 feet and I was hiking on a trail in the Rocky Mountain National Park looking for macro subjects. This area had tons of giant rocks everywhere, with some the size of cars and covered in lichens and moss. Aspen trees were scattered between the rocks. It was in the fall and the Aspens were in full fall color, which is a bright Yellow. Some of the leaves were starting to fall on the large rocks providing me with subjects to shoot. I’m on the side ridge of a mountain and as I look out I could see another line of mountains across a valley and they are ablaze in bright yellow from the Aspens. I’ve got my tripod set up near the edge of the trail and shooting these two fallen leaves on this large rock and a lady hiking by interrupts me as I’m looking through the camera viewfinder and says “look out there, isn’t it amazing with all that color” and I turn my head from the camera and look at this beautiful scenery and say, “yes that’s nice” and go back to shooting my leaves on a rock. I’m sure as she walked away she thought I was nuts, shooting a couple leaves on a mossy rock when everyone else was snapping photos of the mountains in all her glory. Yes I’m an addicted macro geek and shot not one landscape on that day.

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  1. Rick Berger says:

    Hi Mike,
    I’m sure that your leaf shot is far more impressive than her landscape image! Sometimes less is more.

  2. John says:

    Mike, I guess this is on of those times when you can honestly say, “I couldn’t see the forest because of the leaves!”

  3. Sharen Harvey says:

    I was shooting some leaves in Madison Indiana a few weeks ago that were lying on the sidewalk. it was a rainy day. A gentlemen walked by me and said Do you mind me asking what you are taking a picture of?” I said, I’m taking a picture of the leaves on the sidewalk. I told him you never know what you can see by looking down or up high. Guess I am strange too.

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