Monday, June 30, 2008

On the Road Again

We love traveling. And the United States is a perfect place to do this! I used to dream of traveling in Europe, but the more I explore our own country the more there is to see here!

A couple of weeks ago we started a journey to the West - crossing the Mississippi River, swollen from the recent flooding. What a fantastic site. You can't help but think about Mark Twain and his wonderful river tales. Do you remember the real name of this author?

From there we crossed Iowa and Nebraska as we needed to meet up with friends in the Denver area on a certain date. We were fortunate enough to have an after-hours butterfly shoot at a beautiful butterfly house and didn't want to miss it.
And now we're high in the Rocky Mountains at a beautiful mountain house, spending time in Rocky Mountain National Park. The wildlife is magnificent. One particular moment stands out from yesterday's adventures. We had stopped at the park entrance to take a photo of the park sign, and Daryl was heard to say: "That can't be real..." We turned to look, and a bull moose was standing in the trees near the road. Scrambling to answer the photographic call, we quickly, and quietly got out tripods and long lenses and found positions around the car to shoot from. Then our friend Sharon started a stage-whisper chant: "He's coming, he's coming, he's coming..." And she was right. He was coming right toward us, ambling (fortunately) across the highway and into the marshy area beyond the parking area we were standing in - in stunned disbelief.
As you can see...even professional photographers seize the moment, though the out-come is less than perfect. It's all part of the adventure.

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