Tyndall Creek by Eric Glaser

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In the high country of Colorado, the fall colors are usually splendid enough. But when you add an early–season snowfall to the mix, you have a landscape that – to the first–time visitor at least – just might cause sensory overload. That’s how I felt hiking on this late September morning, reveling in the glorious spectrum of colors in the pure mountain air. Tyndall Creek is a lovely glacial stream that begins at the base of Tyndall Glacier high up in Rocky Mountain National Park. Winding its way down along the trail from Emerald Lake past Dream Lake, it eventually joins Glacier Creek and runs into the Big Thompson River near Moraine Park.

Stopping on a bridge right over the creek, I composed this scene looking downstream. The mountains you see in the distance include some of the park’s highest, including (from left to right) Storm Peak, the twin summits of Mount Lady Washington, and Longs Peak (partially obscured by clouds), which rises to 14,259 feet above sea level. As with all my images, it was an honor and blessing to have witnessed this scene at that moment. My only regret is that I could not include in the photograph the unforgettable sounds of that rushing creek coursing down from the heavens.

Tyndall Creek
Rocky Mountain National Park
United States

The photo was made using a Canon EOS-1V body, EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro lens, and Fuji Velvia 100 film.



  • mikrin
    mikrinover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture!!

  • Thank you for that. And sir, your macro work is exquisite!

    – Eric Glaser

  • David  Hughes
    David Hughesover 4 years ago

    Beautfil shot Eric, I have hike this area for sevral years but it only in june time. Lovely area i like coming to Colorado. Maybe we can hook up next year.

  • Thank you, David. It sure is hard to take a bad photo there!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaover 4 years ago

    That’s Colorado, snow and leaves at the same time. I really like your composition!

  • Thank you, Eivor. Your landscapes and wildlife photos are exquisite!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaover 4 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • Thank you, Carol.

    – Eric Glaser

  • Bill Coughlin
    Bill Coughlinover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture. Bill

  • Thanks, Bill!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    Wow!! This is spectacular!! Awesome composition!! Another fave!!

  • Thank you, sir!

    – Eric Glaser

  • tdn14277
    tdn14277over 4 years ago

    MAGIC !

  • Thanks, Tim. (But I think it’s called LUCK!)

    – Eric Glaser

  • Slideshooter
    Slideshooterover 4 years ago

    Hard to fault anything in this shot, it is so good on every level. Love Velvia.
    What camera was it taken with? Love to see it in the Film Photography group.

  • Brett, thanks so much for your kind words. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you that I exclusively shoot digital now, so burdensome had the costs of using film become. But of course, I’ll always love film. And I’ll always keep my Canon EOS1-V film body, which I used for this and thousands of photos over the course of some ten years. Velvia is lovely, isn’t it, but actually I love all of Fuji’s films, and have used them all. I will post this shot in the Film Photography group as you suggest, thanks so much.

    – Eric Glaser

  • DavidIori
    DavidIoriover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture

  • Thanks so much, David!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Tori Snow
    Tori Snowover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Tori!

    – Eric Glaser

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