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Mountain king

Fierce Mountain, Erik Stensland
“Fierce Mountain.” Storm clouds gather over Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park. Copyright © 2015 Erik Stensland. Used with permission.

I’ve posted innumerable photos of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, some bathed in alpenglow, others glistening with snow, and most splashed with light and shadow. But common to all was color. Color is an intrinsic part of RMNP, as Estes Park photographer Erik Stensland is quick to point out. Color is being there. I think he delights as much in the intricate colors as in the landscape itself.

In this photograph, however, first posted to his Facebook page on June 24, he took a rare (for him) step into the realm of black and white and brought back one of my new favorite photos of Longs.

This is the malevolent, brooding, dangerous mountain that always lurks just behind the sunshine and wildflowers and romance. Climbers forget it at their peril. One must never — ever — underestimate this peak.

The photo appears in Stensland’s gallery, Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and on his Facebook page.

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