The alpine tundra is a very fragile environment. Notice how little topsoil and vegetation exists before the underlying stone is exposed. Simply walking across it (as one would walk across a lawn), can innocently cause years of harm.
Last week in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado,, we observed many people trying to get "a vacation photo" with an elk on the tundra. Imagine the impact each footprint had as over 30 individuals meandered casually across this ecosystem.
As we take photos of wildlife, let us all remember to do so respectfully of the earth, the local environment, the animal's habitat and its’ comfort. Stressing an animal, damaging the environment, are never justifications to "get the perfect picture". (Long telephoto lenses are made for a reason!)
Have a great week.
The message of the sign stands alone. Incorporating the ground around the sign shows the impact of traffic. Notice the flowers and ground cover is gone, leaving a rocky surface.
The sign is purposely located on the left of the frame. Since we typically read left to right, the viewer initially sees the distant mountains. The sign stops that visual inspection of the landscape. The viewer then is directed down the post to the disturbed tundra.
The sign’s shadow directs the viewer back to the distant mountains. This time, the viewer is now concentrating on the alpine tundra (above the treeline) rather than simply the mountain range and its outline.
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1Ds Mark III, Canon 35mm f/1.4 IS L II USM
focal length 35 mm
ISO 50, 1/800 second, f/11
spot metering, hand-held
“Huffer’s Hill”, Alpine Visitor Center, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado