I don’t know about you, but for me it just seems really difficult to return home from traveling and to make that adjustment to home life. Having recently returned from a photo outing in Colorado, I have been trying to get back into life here in the “flat lands” of Kansas City. It seems it takes me awhile to adjust – how about you? Lots of daily stuff to take care of, catching up on things you missed or left undone. Maybe it’s just the fact that I’d rather still be traveling? Maybe it’s Post Trip Depression? (I’m going to have to do some research on that topic.) Who knows. Anyway, I have finally gotten to a point where I can now slow down and reflect a bit on my trip. Also, I can now begin to look at, and review, the many photos from the outing.
Generally I travel on my own, preferring the independence and freedom to come and go where and as I please. So my most recent trip was a bit different for me, as I joined a group of fellow photographers on a four-day Colorado Photography Safari. I was fortunate enough to be with a group of really great folks. Everyone got along well – none of the personality or conflicting agenda issues that can arise on group trips. I settled in and mostly tried to “go with the flow”, and I must say it was very enjoyable. My thanks to the great photographers that I traveled with. I’m looking forward to doing it again.
Our prime photo agenda on this trip was to visit and photograph Rocky Mountain National Park (website). This is a huge park. It covers a vast area in North Eastern Colorado. We arrived a few days after the first major snow fall of the season, but roads were clear and getting about was basically no problem. (Some of the higher passes were already closed for the season, however.) It was cold, and when the wind blew (which was often) I was really glad to have my multiple layers of warm outdoor clothing with me. Still, there were times when I retreated to the relative comfort and warmth of our vehicles to recover and warm up a bit.
The scenery in the area is breath-taking. (Made, at times, more so by the cold wind which I mentioned above!) The park reminds you of just how big our country is and how lucky we are to be able to enjoy all the beauty that nature has to offer. Mountains, valleys, elk, deer, birds, rivers, waterfalls. Yep – it’s good to get out of the city!