I went snowshoeing yesterday up at Rocky Mountain National Park. Even though it is spring, the snow is still heavy above 9,000 ft. I was planning on snowshoeing up to Andrews Glacier, but it was an additional 2.5 mile round trip and the ~7 miles I snowshoed was enough (I'm feeling it today ).

I was planning on camping out in the park so I could get up to the Loch by mid morning. That plan didn't turn out though, so I didn't arrive to the Loch until around 2:00. Because of this, the sun was directly to the front of these shots as I was looking towards the west. The bright sun and even brighter snow made for not great photography, but you gotta make due with what you have.

In this first photo, I am actually standing on top of a 30 foot high snow cornice, although you can't see it in the photo (darn light!).

Shot with a Nikon D600 and Series-E 28mm F2.8 lens.

Loche-Vale-1 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr

Here's a shot with the 50mm f1.8

Loche-Vale-2 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Loch-Vale-3 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Loch-Vale-4 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Loch-Vale-5 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Loch-Vale-6 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


Loch-Vale-7 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr

I'll be going back later in the spring to make the hike up to the glacier. I'll camp out up there so I can get to the glacier early in the morning.