Moon Over Mount Ida by Eric Glaser

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This autumn image of a full moon setting at sunrise was captured from Trail Ridge Road in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. The photo was made precisely at sunrise, when for a few fleeting moments the sun’s rays bathed the highest peaks an incomparable red.

Winding up and over the alpine tundra, Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States – it reaches a maximum elevation of 12,183 ft (3,713 m) – and provides wonderful views of the park and many miles beyond. It follows a path that the Ute and other Native American peoples used for thousands of years.

Mount Ida is located in the northwest part of the park overlooking the forbidding Never Summer Mountains. This remote summit can be reached from a hiking trail leading southeast from Milner Pass. Mostly above treeline, and running nearly right along the spine of the Continental Divide, you can feel like you’re on top of the world.

Mount Ida (elevation 12,880 ft / 3,926 m)
Rocky Mountain National Park
United States

The photo was made using a Canon EOS-1V body, EF 400mm f/5.6L lens, and Velvia 100 film.



  • CiaoBella
    CiaoBellaover 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful image and the colours so rich

  • Thank you so much!

    – Eric Glaser

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 4 years ago
    Nice work Eric!
  • Thanks so much!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Isa, it’s an honor to be included with so many wonderful images.

    – Eric Glaser

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 4 years ago

    A killer hike makes for killer photographs. Talk about being there at the right moment! This is absolutely beautiful!

  • Thanks so much, Tori!!

    – Eric Glaser

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    congratulations for your feature in the PostCard Style group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Thank you so much, Francis!

    – Eric Glaser

  • LavenderMoon
    LavenderMoonover 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Eric! This piece has been chosen as a feature in the ‘Shoot The Moon’ group for the week of 11-7-2010 through 11/17/2010. Thank you for adding it to our gallery!

  • Thanks so much, Robyn, it’s an honor to be included!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thanks, Larry!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Ascender Photography
    Ascender Photo...over 3 years ago

    Elegant capture, Eric.


  • Thanks so much for your comment, Alan, I’m glad you like my photo!

    – Eric Glaser

  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 2 years ago

    stunning capture!!! georgie

  • I’m happy you like the photo, Georgie, thanks for your comment!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshover 1 year ago

    Your EXPRESSIVE Image & Writing is DISPLAYED Here

  • Hi Kanages! Thanks for the feature, it is much appreciated!:)

    – Eric Glaser

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