It has been brutally cold here in Colorado Springs, which has allowed for some nice winter photography (albeit a numb face). But last weekend, when some friends from Washington state came into town, we got a nice respite from the cold as we explored the famous Garden of the Gods.
Garden of the Gods: epic red rock formations
Garden of the Gods is nestled at the base of Pike’s Peak on the west side of Colorado Springs. There are hundreds of stunning rock formations to climb and explore. Here are some of the photos I took.
It was fantastic to have these two in town to visit. Left: David, right: Tyrel.
David, Tyrel, and Jeffrey perch victoriously on some of the rocks we found farther into the woods. It was gloriously warm: I don’t remember the last time I was so happy that it was 45 degrees outside.
More rock-perching shots. I think Jeffrey’s the king of the pride; he’s just missing his lion cub and baboon sidekick.
And that Tyrel has an inexhaustible supply of model poses.
Here’s a view of the city to the west.
This red rock formation looks like a buried stegosaurus.Once again, King Jeffrey, ladies and gentlemen, perched on the highest rock.
Here are more of the epic red rocks—many of them pitted with holes from erosion.
This was one of the first rock formations we climbed. I was about 20 feet below Tyrel when I took this photo.
Here’s the crew far above me.
I was tempted to try to climb up through the rock channel—it would have been a fun scramble. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that Jeffrey, once again, is on the highest rock. And again.
Once again, pioneer David looks longingly into the distance.Here’s the whole crew. I used some pebbles to balance my camera just right on a rock ledge, then ran back and forth using my 10-second automatic timer.
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