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.

Port De Nuit

This image captures the essence of the harbor of Honfleur at night. While strolling through the city center you smell the seaside air, hear the Boats gently rocking in the placid harbor, and peer through the night to admire the dimly lit architecture.

The small sheltered harbor of Honfleur is a timewarp into the past of France’s seafaring history. Very narrow yet tall buildings of the town square were built in a time when France charged property taxes based on the footprint of your home. So instead of building out, local residents built up.

From Wikipedia:

Honfleur is a commune in the Calvados department in northwestern France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie. Its inhabitants are called Honfleurais.
It is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, forming the école de Honfleur (Honfleur school) which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement. The Sainte-Catherine church, which has a bell tower separate from the principal building, is the largest church made out of wood in France.

South Island Sunset

WestCoastSunset copy

New Zealand is is a country of vast open spaces and is largely un-populated. The country’s  makeup is small towns strung together by twisting mountain roads and one lane bridges. The rugged west coast of the South Island is predominately undeveloped with a single 2 lane road clinging for life to the mountainside cliffs. This image is looking west from the volcanic shores of the south island. Extraordinary to be sure…but an everyday sight for the locals.

From Wikipedia: New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses ‒ that of the North and South Islands ‒ and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life; most notable are the large number of unique bird species. The country’s varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Tour Eiffel Illuminee

Eiffel Tower Illuminated

The Eiffel Tower needs no introduction. The sentinel of Paris, it’s visible from almost anywhere from miles around. At night, on the hour, the Eiffel Tower is illuminated by countless flashing strobes creating a mystique that only enhances the romance of Paris at night.

From Wikipedia:

The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris[10] and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-floor building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. Because of the addition of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 17 feet (5.2 m). Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.

The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel, [tuʁ ɛfɛl]) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris[10] and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-floor building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. Because of the addition of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 17 feet (5.2 m). Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Aspen Window

Aspens are regaled for their shimmering leaves in breezes of summer, vibrant golds and oranges in fall, and branch-less trunks (ideal to ski through) making them as much a symbol of Colorado as the Rockies themselves. As I  hike through the mountains in the fall, I’m often struck when looking into a grove of aspens: From the interesting designs on the tree trunks, to the depths of the uniformity of the trunks.

From Wikipedia: (Aspens) typically grow in large clonal colonies derived from a single seedling, and spreading by means of root suckers; new stems in the colony may appear at up to 30–40 metres from the previous trees. Each individual tree can live for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived, sending up new trunks as the older trunks die off above ground, spreading about a metre per year, sometimes eventually covering many hectares. They are able to survive forest fires because the roots are below the heat of the fire, and new sprouts can grow from the roots. One such colony of American aspen (P. tremuloides) in Utah, given the nickname of “Pando”, is estimated to be 80,000 years old, making it possibly the oldest living colony of aspens.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.