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October 7th, 2014 - 05:31 PM
Garden view garden of the gods.
This is a pretty serene place in Colorado Springs. WE walked from glen Eyrie to this place. I had heard rumors of this place when I was back on the east coast but seeing is believing.
While I was there I saw many rock climbers scaling the face of some of the outcroppings. People tour the area heavily, but if you take the back trail like I did instead of the near trail you can sit pretty much alone, unbothered. Depending on the time of day you will see birds of prey: eagles, hawks, owls, buzzards and the like flying between the formations. It truly is a semi wild place.
Colorado is interesting; at least where we were was high enough that the skies take on a spectacular hue of blue. Clouds, when there is clouds they are generally the puffball type. Colorado is virtually a desert and gets very little rain as you can tell by the grass in the foreground that nearly looks like hay. To see cactus patches is not uncommon.
The best way to capture images in Colorado is on a tripod. The terrain is by no means level in most areas. Because of the altitude the sun seems brighter here than in places closer to sea level, therefore you want to shoot, in the daylight 1 stop darker than you normally would and on a really bright day possibly up to 2 stops darker. A UV lens is nearly mandatory there, but the results, if you heed these warnings can be absolutely amazing. If you are a lowlander the brightness of the sun until you get used to it may bother your eyes, a good pair of sunglasses is definitely a must. Also, make sure you have plenty of water on you, the air is extremely dry and you will get thirsty and stay thirsty until you get accustomed to the environment.
I look forward to the day that I once again fly into the denver airport again and drive down to Colorado Springs to visit The Garden of the Gods.
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