Calendar Photo of the Month- April 2015

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Every year I put together a calendar of my favorite images of the year. I order a couple for me, and one for my friend Bill. This year, Bill asked for more information about each photo to give it some context. And thus was born a recurring series on this blog. Every month I’ll take the photo from that month’s calendar page and tell the story behind it.

For Father’s Day last year, the family went backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park. Nate was still only four years old, so we didn’t go far. We reserved the Old Forest Inn campsite, less than two miles from the road. We hiked in the first day, taking turns hiking slowly with Nate while the other person went to the site to drop off their pack. The next day the family hiked together to Fern fall, before we split up. I did a fast walk to Spruce Lake while Nate and Dorinna became “scientists.” They traveled at a snail’s pace, but found lots of interesting things to look at. Next to our campsite, the Big Thompson river roars through a small rapid. Conveniently, there is a nice solid bridge just below the falls. We walked down there after dinner and I got this shot with my tripod. After hiking out the next day, we finished Father’s Day weekend with a visit to a baseball game. You can’t ask for a better weekend than that!

Technical Details: Canon PowerShot G12, 0.3 sec at f/8.0, ISO 80.