After dinner tonight, I was restless — I needed to get out. I had been working on images in post processing, but I hadn’t really gone out and captured anything new in a little while. The skies were looking promising, so I grabbed by gear and hit the door. Just a couple of miles from the house is a horse ranch I discovered a few weeks ago. I mad a mental note to come back at sunset or sunrise. Today was the day!
I had an idea for this shot in mind. I wanted the cart and the windmill to be silhouettes against a vibrant sky. The clouds were perfectly placed — a little to the north and a little to the south had very uninteresting clouds, and very little color.
I really enjoyed taking this one, and afterwords, I wasn’t restless anymore! Enjoy!
A very good friend and I went for a hike up to Horsethief Falls this past February. The falls are on the west side of Pike’s Peak just off of Highway 67 between Divide and Cripple Creek, Colorado.
I had seen spring and summer photos of the falls, and heard that it will ice up during the winter. Given the lack of snow we had this year, I was hoping for some really nice ice formations. I was not prepared for what lay in store for us! The stream had frozen over, and expanded well beyond its normal bed. The vastness of the ice flow was quite impressive. There were points along the falls where you can hear the stream still flowing below the ice. It was a bit unsettling crossing it, but it was very thick and we made it to the far side without incident.
This may be one of the most impressive winter scenes I have seen. It was an amazing sight to see! Enjoy!
A classic view of Pike’s Peak as seen from the Siamese Twins Rock formation in Garden of the Gods Park.
This was taken this past October, before much snow was on the mountain. Was planning on getting another one this winter, but we haven’t had a very good snow season. So, I will leave this one with you for now, and maybe next year, we will get a nice wintry view. Enjoy!
Been pulled into a few other projects, but I wanted to quickly post something from a hike we took this past weekend.
This is from Castlewood Canyon Park, near Castle Rock, Colorado. A lone cactus was welcoming the warm spring day. Watch your step! Hope you enjoy — back soon with more.
Some rocks formations in Garden of the Gods are the most popular ones with visitors and tourists. The Balanced Rock (subject for a later date) would be one of them. The Siamese Twins formation is another. Unlike the Balanced Rock, however, you cannot just drive up to this one. It requires a short uphill hike to get to it. It is worth every step of the journey!
The twins rise, almost in perfect unison, above the surrounding land and at the correct angle, you can see Pike’s Peak through the window! This is a merged image of two separate photos. Even with a wide angle lens, unless you have an extreme wide angle, it is nearly impossible to get this point of view and still get both of the towering twins into the image. If you are visiting Garden of the Gods, take this hike and watch the sunrise and illuminate both Pikes Peak and the twins. One of the best views in the city! Enjoy!
Took this image a couple of years ago, and it is one of my wife’s favorites. This is from Rampart Range Road — a dirt road that connects Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, CO. As you approach the Woodland Park side, this field emerges, and along with it is one of the best views of Pike’s Peak I have found.
The clouds look more imposing than I recall them being. I loved the fence line and the contrast of the grass with the snow covered mountain. Enjoy!
Came across this snow covered giant while hiking up to Horsethief Falls. I would have loved to have seen it before it met this fate. Even in this state, it looked so grand and stately. I have been working on improving my composition and finding the right point of view. What separates one photo from the rest of the crowd, is often finding the proper spot to take the image from. I suppose that one could take snaps from all around a subject like this one, and then choose the best after the fact. While that likely improves the chances of getting the right perspective, I choose to avoid that tactic. I believe that thinking about the picture before you take it, even if it means missing one here and there, will make you a better photographer in the long run. History and experience, often from failing, is a great teacher. I hope you like the choice I made here.