Image of the Month: April 2014

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

Spring in the Rockies is unpredictable to say the least. This image of the historic Stanley Hotel from mid-April, 2012 shows a snowy dusting over Lumpy Ridge and the Sundance Buttress in the background while aspen trees in the foreground glow green with new leaves. Examples of this clash of seasons can often be seen in the Colorado mountains during this time of year but in 2012 it was even more extreme. The leaves budded about two weeks earlier than normal, foretelling a very dry summer to come.

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