Lone tree above Mills Lake, Glacier Gorge, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Comments (15)

Kostas Grammenidis on March 17, 2007

Thanks for the advice - I'll try it with my next post

Klaus Kobold on March 20, 2007

Very good picture.It´s incredible, it grows on stone. It´s a bristle cone pine,isn´t it?

cheers Klaus

Dana Jensen on September 6, 2007

Nice shot.

Richard Ryer on September 7, 2007

Greetings Dana, Thanks for visiting Mills Lake and commenting. The granite just north of the lake is rich with lone trees growing out of small cracks. They look like Bonzai trees. This looks like a stormy fall day with a skiff of snow on the rock.



mustafator on January 4, 2008


Richard Ryer on January 4, 2008

Greetings Mustafa, Thanks for visiting this old tree and commenting. As you hike up to Mills Lake you cross over a large area of granite that was scraped over by the glacier thousands of years ago. There is very little soil here so the trees that do grow appear to spring out of the rock. This is just one of many neat old trees in this area.



Alexkarl on November 24, 2011

Good capture.LIKE!!!Greetings Alexandra & Karl-Heinz

Richard Ryer on November 28, 2011

Greetings A&K, Just below Mills Lake is an area where the glaciers came through and it is flat bare rock. Her and there you can find a tree that was able to take hold and grow. Cheers, Rich

Bobsky.>Save Panoram… on March 21, 2012

Hi Rich Nicely done ,a tree study form your gallery that I find pleasing, set against the rocks and dull sky.(Like4). Regards Bob

Richard Ryer on April 15, 2012

Greetings Bobsky, Thanks for the visit and the comment. Cheers, Rich

Richard Ryer on May 6, 2012

Greetings Dimitris, Thanks for the visit and the comment. Cheers, Rich

hermelin on May 9, 2014

Very GREAT picture, nice work, Rich!!! Best regards from Hungary! Lajos

Richard Ryer on May 9, 2014

Greetings Hermelin, Thanks for the visit and the comment. I am glad you like this location. It is a beautiful place to visit. This old tree is my friend. Lots of things to do. Take care and have a great weekend. Cheers, Rich

Bezigrajcanka on August 22, 2014

Thank you for visiting my gallery.

Another beautiful picture a bit comparable with my little plant on the rock - it tells how the fight for survival is hard in extreme conditions. L+F

Best regards Nada BN

Richard Ryer on August 22, 2014

Greetings Nada, Thanks for the visit and the comment. It seems in the summer you don't pay much attention to this tree. There is so much green all around your senses get a little deadened. In the winter time you are traveling over deep snow to get to this wind blown spot. It is at this time of the year that this tree stands out. It has been working for hundreds of years to eek out it's existence in what turns out to be a very harsh place most of the time. The tree is an inspiration to us all. Cheers, Rich

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Photo taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, Glacier Gorge, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA

Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 17, 2007
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    by Richard Ryer
    • Camera: Hewlett-Packard HP PhotoSmart C945 (V01.40)
    • Taken on 2003/01/21 02:03:39
    • Exposure: 0.003s
    • Focal Length: 12.53mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.190
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash