The Big Thompson river flows through this vast and verdant valley in Rocky Mountain National Park. It's breathtakingly beautiful.
Until I visited Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) for the first time in 2009, I'd never seen anything so magnificent in terms of beauty and scale as this valley. Even more amazing was, at certain times of day, the valley teemed with dozens of Elk! I was awestruck.
This week, this area has been impacted by wildfire. The park just got a significant amount of snowfall in the last day or two, but that won't be enough to put out all the fires. I'm not sure what the area looks like yet. Since the valley is mostly grasses and is irrigated by the watershed / river's flow, I am hopeful it will recover fairly quickly.
Canon 5D Mark IV + 600 mm lens