Where does Santa Claus go to relax?

Alberta Falls
Rocky Mountain National Park

I am not an experienced hiker but it seemed like 0.6 miles was not at all unreasonable to go have a look at Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Then again, things change when your path is covered with snow!

Everything looked dry and clear when we parked the car and started down the trail but as we proceeded upward, it became obvious that Spring was only partially in effect here.

RMNP_May 11 2016_0314Aspens and pines in the snow

The way was challenging since everything was on a slope and the snow was often slippery since others had hiked the same trail and the sun was out and warming things up.

When we finally got to the top, there was this older, white-haired gentleman sitting on a rock – contemplating the beauty of the falls.  He told me that this was his therapy to come out to places like this and soak in the peace and beauty of nature.  I asked if I could take his picture and he said to be sure to tell everyone that we saw Santa in the Rockies.

As we looked around, other hikers began to appear and I noticed that the quiet remained even when more people arrived.  Seems the majesty of this place awed everyone.

RMNP_May 11 2016_0325-001Awed by nature’s beauty




Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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