Chasing Light: Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park
An unedited iPhone panoramic from along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.

A long day chasing mountain scientists around Rocky Mountain National Park yielded a handful of decent images, but it’s hard to take a bad shot in one of Colorado’s public land crown jewels. The meet-up with the researchers, who are taking detailed measurements in the park’s alpine tundra, was part of a crowdfunded environmental journalism project supported by the Colorado Independent.

The Rocky Mountain Climate Ranger project is a father-son reporting trek to investigate how global warming is affecting the Rockies, and how the people who live, work and play in the high country are getting ready for the coming changes.

This week’s monitoring in Rocky Mountain National Park is part of global initiative to standardize some parameters for measuring change. We don’t know for sure yet how global warming will play out, but one thing is sure — If we don’t do a lot of detailed, ongoing and long-term measurements, we will NEVER know.

Starting this week, material from this special global warming reporting project will appear as a special series under a Rocky Mountain Climate Watch banner. As we travel around the mountains, we welcome your questions — what would you like to know about climate change in the Rocky Mountains?

If you’re on Twitter, follow @bberwyn, @ClimateRanger and the #climaterangers hashtag for daily updates from the project.



  1. Beautiful photos…As an aspiring photographer myself, I can appreciate your feelings of “it is difficult to NOT take a nice photo of our mountains”…

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