Experience Heaven on Earth – Garden of the Gods

Tom and I were able to get away in April, so we decided that we wanted to return to Colorado, southeastern Utah, and northeastern Arizona.  The first order of business once we landed in Denver was a quick escape to Colorado Springs.  Of course, a favorite place of mine when there is the Garden of the Gods.

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For those of you might be unfamiliar with it, think rock formations … red rocks, white rocks, rocks that take the shape of camels kissing, etc.  Also, Garden of the Gods is well known in Colorado for its rock climbing opportunities.

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On this particular visit, we arrived in the late afternoon.  I was armed with my landscape gear, since that was my purpose of being there.  We set off on one of the trails that weaves through the park and almost immediately we run into a rather large group of mule deer.

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I’m not sure who was more alarmed by whom …. the deer seeing us or us seeing the deer (probably the latter).  Yes, nothing like taken wildlife shots with a 24-70mm landscape lens! After making the best of the situation, I was able to get some landscape shots as well.  There’s something so special about the light, the rocks with their colors and textures, and the varied landscapes within “the garden”.

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The next morning we got up early to be able to get the sunrise, but we didn’t quite make it there on time.  Nonetheless, the scenery was beautiful.

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We were greeted by several birds who were calling nearby and then dodging in and out of view to check us out further.

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We then made our way back and set off on a walk again, but this time from the northern end of the park.  Again, we ran into a family of mule deer, but these were much more at ease with our presence.

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In addition we saw numerous bunny rabbits hopping around off of the trails … so cute.  No coyotes this year, like we had seen on numerous occasions the last time we visited.  But we did see many more birds, like the swallows, western scrub jays, and prairie falcons.

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On of the bird sightings that left me a bit surprised was the Canadian Goose, for they would come calling overhead quite loud and eventually land on the tiptop of some of the rock formations within the park.  For some reason, I found this unusual … probably because I usually see them on the ground or in the water, not flying, and landing high.

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Everywhere you ventured was another breath-taking shot.  If I lived in this area, I think I would wake up every morning and visit there to take in all of the beautiful landscape and occasional wildlife.  I find it so wonderful that this park belongs to the City of Colorado Springs on land that was donated to the city for preservation of its unique features, with the promise that it never implement a charge to the public.  I know that Tom & I sure appreciate that.

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