Our family went on vacation last week (sorry for the delayed responses to your comments while I was gone…) We rented a cabin in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver, Colorado. It was a really nice week, especially considering that the temperatures ranged from 40-80 degrees F – with low humidities – in the mountains while temperatures at home were in the high 90’s!
While I enjoy short trips to the mountains very much, I think I’d have a hard time living there year-round. For one thing, I’m too used to seeing big skies. In the prairies, you can watch thunderstorms from many miles away, and gauge whether or not they’re heading for you or not. In the mountains, storms sneak up and pounce over the nearest ridge before you have time to react. And, of course, there are the winters. I enjoy snow as much as the next person, but winter driving in flat land is enough adventure for me…
Regardless of my fondness for plains and prairies, I did find plenty to photograph in the mountains as well. Its easy to see why mountains and water dominate so many nature calenders and posters. Appreciation of prairie landscapes tends to be an acquired taste – one that grows as a person becomes more familiar with the intricacies of prarie life. In contrast, anyone can appreciate the dramatic landscapes of the mountains without even working at it! (…and where’s the fun in that?)
This wasn’t a photo trip, it was a family vacation, so I really didn’t spend much time taking photos. Most were snapped during brief breaks on family hikes, or while my family patiently (?) waited in the car while I jumped out to take yet another photo of the same mountain… However, I got a few, and thought you might enjoy seeing mountains throught the eyes of a prairie ecologist and photographer.