I’ve hit a wall at work and I’ve still got a handful of meetings to go over the next month. It hasn’t given me the time to really my head right because I’m just constantly going from one thing to another.
I’ll be out in Banff National Park in exactly two weeks though – a meeting on the 20th and then a weekend in the mountains to clear my head. I need it!
Castle Mountain – Banff National Park
The Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado about an hour south of Denver but a world away when it comes to the red rock formations scattered throughout the area. There are a number of relatively easy hikes (all one to three miles round trip) that I was able to knock out in half-a-day or so since they are also relatively close to one another. I’m sure there are more challenging hikes but the park is set up to really be family friendly and this would make a nice stop for someone visiting Denver and looking to get a quick day trip done (of course Estes Park – the home of Rocky Mountain National Park – is also only about 90 minutes away and I’d favor that over Garden of the Gods if I had to choose just one).
Photo of the Day – The Window of the Gods
Pikes Peak in the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountain Range is visible through a rock window on the Siamese Twin trail in Garden of the Gods. A quick, well-marked trail takes you to this spot with duel rock formations with views onto the Continental Divide in the distance. Positioning yourself perfectly allows you to clearly see Pikes Peak in the distance. This was a terrific fall day in Colorado – one could really get used to living out amongst all this beauty. Each time I visit I’m really jealous of those lucky enough to live in the Denver area.
I spent a calm summer morning on standing on the banks of the picturesque Lake Louise in Banff National Park. The canoes that are rented to lake visitors made for an interesting and colorful foreground. I had to wait a few minutes for a couple ‘summer lovers’ to move of the dock as they huddled in a hoodie but once they cleared the area I took a couple pictures looking up at the Fairview Mountain Range across the lake.
Photo of the Day – Canoes on Lake Louise
I have a meeting in Calgary at the end of March and hope to make a weekend trip up to Banff again. The Lake Louise area is likely to be closed (closed for the winter) but many of the other sights should still be open.
The Trevi Fountain in the heart of Rome, Italy is typically overwhelmed with other like minded tourists who want to get close and throw a coin in (legend has it that doing so will guarantee your return). It doesn’t matter if it is day or night – the tour groups and locals alike gather. In an effort to beat the crowd I arrived at sunrise and took pictures for about an hour. While it was less crowded there was still a handful of people lingering – some still drunk from the night before – but definitely much less rowdy than the day or night crowds. After stopping here I headed over to the Piazza Navona drank a cup of coffee and had a pastry before heading back to the hotel. On the way back less than an ninety minutes later I passed the fountain again and the crowds had gathered to the point that it would have been hard for me to get close enough to get this view.
Photo of the Day – The Trevi Fountain in Detail
I wanted to get more detail of the fountain but unfortunately when I got out here on this morning I realized I left my 28 – 270 mm ‘all purpose’ lens in my other backpack thus I only had my wide-angle lens (10 – 28 mm) with me since that is what was on my camera. Since the crowds were sparse I was able to get close enough that even the wide angle was fairly close. A little processing here to bring out the detail in the statues. All and all pretty satisfied with how it came out.
The view from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley of the colorful clay and mudstone Badlands in Death Valley National Park. Millions of years (nine million by the estimates that I saw) ago the area that is now Death Valley was a giant lake – these Badlands formations were once on the bottom of this lake. There was also a volcanic eruption around five million years ago that covered this rock – the hardened lava is what formed to make the dark rock in this photo.
Photo of the Day – Badlands of Death Valley
Unfortunately, the clouds in the East blocked the suns rays from providing nice contrasts on the rocks and the mountain range in the distance. However, the sky was still colorful in the pre-dawn ‘blue hour’.
The mall in Milan, Italy – named the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. This is unlike the malls scattered around America today that are essentially an eyesore (for the most part) to architecture – built more for function than for style. This was clearly built for style.
Photo of the Day – Milan Mall
One of the most amazing places I’ve ever been to in my life is the Grand Canyon. It is also one of the most frustrating because it is so hard to get a picture of it that tells the full story of just how amazing it is. I tried in a few pictures that I’ve posted here before – Sunset over the Grand Canyon, sunrise at Yaki Point or the view from Mather Point – but find myself constantly wanting to just expand the image left or right since in my mind I can remember the whole expanse so vividly. In some pictures while there – like the one below – I zoomed in a little bit to catch the dynamic contrast of the canyon walls as it stretched off into the distance. So many different layers, stretching for miles.
Photo of the Day – Dynamic Contrast in the Canyon
Four client meetings this week followed up by two next week. This is certainly my busiest two week stretch of the year. Alot of travel involved as well so let’s hope that the airplane Gods are kind.