SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 045

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today’s gallery covers some of the photos from my first visit to Colorado.

The year was 2004, and we — Melisa and I—headed West searching for a place we could move to. We also had Pops in tow.

The original post for these photos is HERE. In this post, I’m sharing the 31 photos from THIS Gallery.

Yes, not too many photos this week. I figure readers needed a break from some of the recent large galleries.

It was October of 2004, and we were on a grand loop drive . . . we went to Illinois to pick up Melisa’s dad, then drove to Colorado Springs, then to Bozeman, Montana, then back to Chicago, and home to Michigan.

This is the first photo I took in Colorado, coming into Colorado Springs on Highway 24. That, of course, is Pikes Peak (will eventually share some of those galleries as well), but this gallery is actually about the Garden of the Gods.

It was a tad fortuitous the sky was overcast to the Northwest and slightly overcast above us. It made for a nice light that complemented the red rocks very well. 

Many more visits would be made after we moved here, but these are still some of the best photos I have of the place, strictly because of the light and the contrast to the distant dark sky. Probably also because I was shooting the D100.

We’d been to Sedona (AZ) and seen red rocks before, but these red rocks were different. I mean, yes, they were still red rocks, but the structure and configuration are more impressive.

The interaction of the rocks with the vegetation was also something I’d not seen before.

The view from the visitor center also blew me away . . .

And, of course, there was a balanced rock, albeit this one had some cement shoring the base where it sat . . .

. . . and Pops wanted a photo taken with him holding it up. It’s not in the gallery, but here it is . . .

Anyway, interesting formations, not too many photos . . .

. . . and we’re done.

Here’s the slideshow for the gallery. If you prefer, you can just visit the gallery by clicking on the link I provided above.

Note: the transition is set to 2sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow.

If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can then scroll through the photos or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of Garden of the Gods – 2004 Gallery — (31 photos)

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