Hiking has really taken off in the past few years – and when you can see mystical sights like these, it’s no surprise! Scroll on for Eric Gross’s incredible nature photography – including one spectacle that looks truly out of this world.
Spending your day climbing up a big hill can be surprisingly relaxing – and fun!
Especially in a world where we’re so consistently wrapped up in the online.
Well, it has to be the incredible views you can take in.
Sometimes the natural phenomena you encounter have to be seen to be believed.
That you sometimes really need to capture them on camera to prove they’re real!
Colorado native Eric Gross really does take some of the most beautiful pics out there …
” Once I began hitting some truly wondrous natural landscapes across the country, including my first national parks, my entire mindset shifted from traveling for adventure to traveling for natural landscapes and photography,” Gross explained.
“As Covid-19 has shuttered some areas and effectively locked me out of some opportunities before winter ends, my plan now is to put my boots to the ground a lot more often, looking for the most interesting foregrounds, instead of focusing more on dramatic mountain peaks.”
It’s truly magical being able to experience sights while we’re all unable to travel to them.
His Instagram is full of truly incredible landscape photography – perfect for when you’re trapped indoors!
Gross has captured some shots that truly look as though they’re from a fantasy movie.
Last February, Gross was hiking near Dream Lake in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park when he spotted this mystical-looking frozen waves.
“I couldn’t explain what I was seeing, so while trying to imagine how ‘frozen waves’ could occur, I started shooting. And shooting, and shooting.”
“I tried to go for a sunset shoot the following week, but this location, being at 9,905 feet in elevation, battered me with over 40mph snow coming directly at me down the valley, even though it was not snowing at the trailhead at 9,400 feet.”
“On my fourth and fifth trips, I was able to actually use my camera.”
“It requires going to the site and walking around, possibly for hours, to find something interesting enough to take up half the image.”
Well, we’re sure glad Gross took the time to get these shots.
We can’t wait to see what he comes up with in our post-quarantine future!
And it’s all thanks to photographers like Gross. Thanks, guys!
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