Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is always a favorite destination of ours when we visit Colorado. There’s something beautiful about how the light plays on the red rock formations, especially when surrounded also by the green vegetation.
So, come with us as we explore the area … starting of course with an early morning sunrise. Rather than viewing the sunrise from the park itself, we choose a higher elevation, so that we can look down upon the magic as it happens. 🙂 Looking down at Gray Rock, South Gateway Rock, and North Gateway Rock, as the sun lights them up.
As the sun begins to rise, as you can see we’re in an overlook parking area, but there is a community of homes hehind us. How wonderful would it be to be able to peer over your fence and witness this sunrise every day!
The best way to see the park is VERY EARLY in the morning. You can almost have it to yourself … before the herds of tourists arrive and climb all over Balanced Rock here doing silly stuff like Tom is illustrating here. LOL. OK, it was difficult to get Tom to pose like this for me, not to mention to hold up that big old boulder, so don’t tell him that I put this shot in this post … 😉
The park was donated to the city of Colorado Springs with the condition that it always remain free of charge for all to enjoy. One of our favorite views in the park is this one, which frames perfectly the image of Pikes Peak in the distance … yes, the same 14,000+ feet mountain from my most recent post. Of course, it’s still a distance away. They call this formation the Siamese Twins, which is obviously how it got its name, and you can see that window I used for framing. Again, if you don’t get there early, you will never get an image without lots of people in it.
Midday is difficult to shoot the area, so we left but returned later in the day. This image is of the Garden area and it’s a favorite of mine. I just love the colors and the way that the light casts shadows on the landscape.
I always find paths and stairs to be so inviting … makes you wonder where it goes … what’s around the corner. Though the area is famous for the red rock formations, there are also several white rocks which intrigue the visitor as well and the light dances and shines nicely upon them. Probably my favorite image from this years visit is the one below. I mean, look at those clouds in the backdrop of the rising red rock formation. This perspective, believe it or not, was courtesy of several visitors who were in the area, so I got low to block them from my shot. Love the way it turned out. Being that it was summer, the wildflowers were out as well. Though we wanted to stay for full on sunset, an intense storm decided it would come join the party, so we left and went back into town. Good thing too, as it was a big one.
Next up: More from Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods
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