Thursday this week brought rain and mist to the Colorado Rockies in Rocky Mountain National Park. One of our local rangers, Jeff Christiansen 31, an experienced mountaineer went out on a routine patrol in a rather dangerous area he had not patrolled before and has been missing now for six days and nights. Over 140 searchers, five helicopters, trackers with dogs, etc., have been combing the rugged high altitude terrain with no success. The fear is that he fell and was injured or worse, but searching this high altitude mountain area is very difficult and it's possible to literally walk within 50 feet of someone and not see them. My wife and I decided to do our part to help, but the heavy, low lying clouds and mist on Thursday precluded any chance of looking so I decided instead to photograph an old Bristlecone Pine I've been eying for several years.
It's in a rather easy location to reach in good weather, but adjacent to percipitous cliffs and potentially dangerous with wet, slick footing. The mist and low dense clouds gave a flat, even lighting which rendered an erie and somewhat supernatural appearance with moss covered rocks as a backdrop making the whole scene rather resemble something from a page of Grimms Fairytails....
Link to full sized image for anyone interested:http://www.lin-evans.net/dpreview/inthemist.jpg