Photographer commemorates National Park’s 100th anniversary with new book

Rocky Mountain National Park photographer Erik Stensland celebrates, Sept. 3, the official release of his latest book, “Wild Light: A Celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park,” with a special event at his Estes Park gallery.

Live music, food, and a re-creation of the night forest inside the Images of Rocky Mountain National Park Gallery, 203 Park Lane, will be featured at the event. which runs from 4-8 p.m.

The 224 page hardcover book is being released in conjunction with the start of the 100th Anniversary Celebrations for Rocky Mountain National Park.

Stensland is a landscape photographer who lives in Estes Park. He rises frequently before dawn to hike back to remote lakes or up high peaks to capture the unparalleled beauty of the park in warm morning light.

“My vision is to reveal the beauty of creation, capturing those moments and views that simply take one’s breath away. We have all felt our heart leap when we see a majestic view or watch a mountain sunrise,” Stensland said. “The beauty of nature awakens within us a deep, almost inexpressible longing. There is something about it that speaks to our souls and gives us a hint as to the very meaning of life. My aim is to awaken that longing within the viewer, in hope that they will pursue that journey into the very heart of life itself.”

The photographer has other, mini-galleries in Grand Lake, at the Trail Ridge Store in Rocky Mountain National Park and outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico where he shows his Desert Southwest work.

Stensland also posts photos almost daily on his Facebook page, and more than 1,500 of his photos can be seen on his websites: and

Call 970-586-4352 or e-mail with any questions.

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