OPINION: A big photographic birthday card for Rocky Mountain National Park

Here’s a little visual love note from one who frequently appreciates your presence.

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Moonrise at Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rocky mountain national park; rmnp; wilderness; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Moonrise at Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Rocky Mountain National Park, you are so totally Colorado. Hanging lakes, frosty peaks, more elk than you can count. You’ve got it all. Thanks for 102 years of protecting wild spaces and wildlife from us humans.

Here’s a little visual love note from one who frequently appreciates your presence.

Rocky Mountain National Park. Jan. 15, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) nature; rocky mountain national park; snowshoe; hike; winter; weather; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
A family walks on Bear Lake. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Rocky Mountain National Park. Jan. 15, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) nature; rocky mountain national park; snowshoe; hike; winter; weather; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Fluffy, snowy trees. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
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A tourist on the tundra. (Kevin J. Beaty)
USGS research assistant Daniel Bowker treks up the "Wall of Denial" to check water monitors as he does each week at Loch Vale. (Kevin J. Beaty)
USGS research assistant Daniel Bowker treks up the “Wall of Denial” to check water monitors as he does each week at Loch Vale. (Kevin J. Beaty)
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Reflecting at Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty)
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Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty)
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Rain falls in Odessa Lake. (Kevin J. Beaty)
A boulder field at Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rocky mountain national park; rmnp; wilderness; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
A boulder field at Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
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Odessa Lake. (Kevin J. Beaty)
Odessa Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rocky mountain national park; rmnp; wilderness; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Odessa Lake. (Kevin J. Beaty)
Elk at Elk Meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rocky mountain national park; rmnp; wilderness; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Elk at Elk Meadows. (Kevin J. Beaty)
The night sky at Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rocky mountain national park; rmnp; wilderness; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
The night sky at Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty)
Odessa Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rocky mountain national park; rmnp; wilderness; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Odessa Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty)
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Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty)
Autumn colors at Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) fall; autumn; rocky mountain national park; rmnp; wilderness; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Autumn colors at Rocky Mountain National Park. (Kevin J. Beaty)
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The tundra at sunset. (Kevin J. Beaty)
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Author: Kevin Beaty

Kevin Beaty is a media producer with experience in a variety of settings spanning Hollywood film sets to international backpack journalism expeditions. He is on a never-ending quest to meld artful imagery, functional design and intimate storytelling. His biggest struggle in any given moment is whether to shoot stills or video. Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @kevinjbeaty.