Garden Of The Gods Sunset – Garden Of The Gods – Colorado Springs, CO

Garden Of The Gods Sunset

As a 20+ year resident of Colorado Springs it becomes easy to take your surroundings and local attractions for granted. With that in mind, I had become accustomed to putting away my camera every time we returned home from our travels to go back into “work” mode. Recently, I have spent more time trying to rediscover the natural beauty that surrounds me daily and capture it through the eye of my lens.

Garden Of The Gods is a 480 acre city park that received its name in 1859 while 2 surveyors were scouting the area for a new town site that is Old Colorado City today. The area was purchased by Charles Elliot Perkins with the intent to be a summer home that was never realized and Perkins decided it needed to be a public park for all to enjoy. It was officially donated to the city of Colorado Springs by Perkins’ next of kin in 1909. It has been named one of the most visually inspiring places in the United States and is a main attraction for locals and tourists alike in Colorado Springs.

 

Hoo Doo’s At Sunset – Garden of The Gods – Colorado Springs, CO

Hoo Doo Sunset

This location is an off trail location in the center of Garden Of The Gods. With so many interesting sandstone rock formations all around the park, it’s easy to find a subject to stand in for one of our gorgeous Colorado sunsets.

Garden Of The Gods is a 480 acre city park that received its name in 1859 while 2 surveyors were scouting the area for a new town site that is Old Colorado City today. The area was purchased by Charles Elliot Perkins with the intent to be a summer home that was never realized and Perkins decided it needed to be a public park for all to enjoy. It was officially donated to the city of Colorado Springs by Perkins’ next of kin in 1909. It has been named one of the most visually inspiring places in the United States and is a main attraction for locals and tourists alike in Colorado Springs.

 

Guiding Light – Point Cabrillo Lighthouse In Fog – Mendocino California

Guiding Light

The Point Cabrillo lighthouse was first lit in 1909 in response to the treacherous sea passage that lumber shippers experienced in trying to fuel the building boom in San Francisco in the late 1800’s on. The light is visible from 13-15 miles and originally was powered by a Kerosene lamp which was replaced with an electric bulb in 1935. It is significant as it’s only one of 3 British built lenses in current operation in the US.

The story behind this photograph is that I was trespassing after hours to get this lit shot when the caretakers arrived. After a brief discussion/reprimand for being there after hours (and a donation to the lighthouse fund), not only was I permitted to keep working on my exposure but the caretaker offered to turn on all the lights inside the lighthouse to get the shot of the lighthouse fully illuminated in the fog and also provided suggestions for different angles to consider.

The Castle Window – Castello de Vide – Portugal

The Castle Window

In the hillsides of eastern Portugal (just west of Spain) lies a small walled city that time has left behind: Castello De Vide. While it is unknown exactly when this area was settled, there is written history dating back to the 1200’s. This sleepy town still largely operates as it has for centuries with community markets and festivals celebrating Portugal’s glorious history. Portugal is dotted with these stronghold cities that are leftovers of their vast wealth and empire dating back to when they ruled the seas and all the trade and wealth that went along with that distinction.

Napa Barn

Napa Barn

During fall, the grape leaves carpeting the vast vineyards of the Napa Valley change into a myriad of colors making fall in wine country a spectacular sight. I love the utilitarian nature of this barn, the faded paint, the rusted roof. It provides so much character to an otherwise non-descript country scene. It makes the imagination wonder if there is something more enchanting hiding inside other than probably just a few farm implements.

 

The Red Canoes – Lake Louise – Canada

The Red Canoes

In the Alberta Territory of Canada lies one of the most visually inspiring stretches of mountains in the world. Banff National Park features the jagged and majestic Canadian Rockies and is littered with lakes that are fed from glacial snow melt. These lakes are filled directly by glacial snow and the minerals in the water give it this surreal color that changes opacity depending on the light and how it’s showing on it. One of the most famous of these lakes is Lake Louise because of the historic Fairmont Hotel that resides at its’ side and that is the subject of this image. What I love about this image is the mountain setting and the contrast of the Red Canoe’s vs. the teal blue waters of the mountain lake. It just makes you want to get in and paddle.