Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Pater Noster Lakes

Our last day in Rocky Mountain National Park was beautiful! There were no threats of thunderstorms as we drove back up Trail Ridge Road to see more of the alpine beauty. We drove quickly to the top, which took about 10-15 minutes. We skipped the previous stops so that we could spend time looking at the new stuff.

As we broke treeline, we entered the tundra. When one lives in Texas, the most economical and quickest way to see the tundra is to drive/climb an alpine peak in Colorado! We began where we left off in the rain the other day, at Terra Tomah at the edge of Forest Canyon. Several glacial lakes and waterfalls ran along the sides and foot of the mountain. DH kept spotting more lakes through his binoculars and we saw how they were all connected with streams and waterfalls. This is common in the Alps where they are given the Latin name, Pater Noster Lakes, meaning "Our Father", because they resemble the beads on a rosary.

Terra Tomah, elevation 12, 718'.  Get out your binoculars to view the 4 stunning glacial lakes and waterfalls! Oh, you forgot to bring them?  No problem!  Close ups to follow...



Here is the uppermost lake we found in the alpine zone...



A little further down is this lake.  Don't you want to just jump right in?

 

Below that is a waterfall...


Down below is another lake.  Don't you just wonder if anyone is peeking from the woods at us?

 

And to the left is this one...oh so serene...



We saw lots of animals near us who were also enjoying the view...

Like elk...





Pikas....(well ds got all those pictures, I didn't get one of them yet.)

Marmots...



"For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills."  Psalm 50:10

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