Beauty Where I Live

| May 9, 2011
garden of the gods colorado springs

Near Sunset at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

I got to thinking the other day about how I constantly fantasize about travel and taking pictures of exotic places. I actually dream about it. Really. Truth be told though, I am guilty of taking the place I live for granted. I wake up in the morning and see a snow capped 14,000 plus foot mountain out of my window and the amazing place you see above is only 30 minutes south of my house. I certainly need to be more appreciative of the beauty that surrounds me right here in Colorado Springs.

After running an errand downtown late in the day last Saturday, Donna and I decided to take a stroll around the Garden of the Gods. It is free to visit and has many trails that satisfy hikers of all levels. The rock formations are gorgeous and the junipers throughout the park are pristine.

This photo above is made up of two exposures so the detail in light and shadow are revealed. I used a focal length of 58mm and set my aperture to f/16 to keep the scene nice and sharp. The shutter speed of the first exposure was 1/160th of a second and the second exposure was shot at 1/640th of a second using the auto bracketing feature on my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR. I plan to go back at different times of the year to see how the scene changes with the seasons. Beautiful!


Category: Colorado, Photography, Travel

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  1. Kristi Hines says:

    What a beautiful place. I got a little confused because I recently saw the Valley of the Gods in Utah and wondered how I missed this. 🙂

  2. That is a beautiful place. It’s been a few a years since I’ve seen it last but you captured it nicely Lee.

  3. Very nice photo. I love the color! I gotta visit there someday.

  4. AutumnLeaves says:

    I find that every state has beautiful spots if we just open our eyes and see. Garden of God indeed…a most gorgeous photo, Lee.

  5. Nancie says:

    Heaven here on Earth – beautiful!

  6. Pam Holnback says:

    We are lucky, aren’t we?

  7. Randy Saffle says:

    You are blessed to be able to travel AND live in such a beautiful place. Toss a lot of talent into the mix and you have a winning combo! Great photo, sir!

  8. Lee says:

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments. Glad you like the picture and hope you see some of you out west soon!