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The Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods

Cathedral Valley, Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods is a public park located in Colorado Springs. The outstanding geologic features of the park are the ancient sedimentary beds of red and white sandstones, conglomerates and limestone that were deposited horizontally, but have now been tilted vertically and faulted by the immense mountain building forces caused by the uplift of the Pikes Peak massif. The name Colorado is said to come from the color of the sandstone.

With special thanks to Milan Simic for his encouragement in landscape photography.

HDR (I like it this way for the theme)

Please view original size.

Canon EOS 5D ,Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
80mm, f/18.0, 1/60 sec., ISO 400 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original
Long Bach Nguyen24-Oct-2013 04:53
fantastic composition
Shmuel Halevi13-Jun-2013 06:09
Fantastic viewscape. Almost surrealisic.
samikosemi30-May-2013 13:27
Wow , great shot !
Sami ! v
carlogalliani24-Mar-2013 17:58
Fantastic image !
godro11-Mar-2013 22:54
Beautiful image! Vote!
Karen Moen08-Feb-2013 13:54
Spectacular lighting really makes this shot a work of art. I saw this in the middle of the day and it certainly wasn't so spectacular. Voted.
joseantonio14-Dec-2012 20:59
No doubt this is the work of some God...V.
danad26-Jun-2012 07:48
We particularly love this one ! BV.
Jola Dziubinska23-May-2012 01:06
Fabulous! V.
Kim08-May-2012 20:39
Fantastic composition! V
Jeff Real16-Feb-2012 13:55
Pure magic! I expect to see the Hobbits hiking through the scene. The light is amazing! ~V~
Alexander Kazakov29-Nov-2011 17:47
Great shot! V
Marcos García05-Sep-2011 11:11
wonderful capture!V
Range View 03-Jun-2011 08:06
This is a stunning image Simon. I must be a magical place!
bluebirdstar09-Apr-2011 17:54
Wow! This is awesome! V
John Adler31-Mar-2011 03:19
This is a gorgeous image: such colour and depth! _V_
MarcViskens27-Dec-2010 18:03
beautiful picture
great colours Simon
Michel Duval02-Dec-2010 22:51
This one is also fantastic. V
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)14-Nov-2010 10:00
Love this scene:nice colors and compo.Voted!
Nestor01-Nov-2010 18:28
Stunning image Simon, light just lovely , this image runs chills up my spine and take be back to Bryce Canyon in the colors.
This is a wonderful capture , you did a great job photographing this beautiful scene.
I will have to visit this place on my next cross country trip.
Vote 10+
MarcWildPassion10-Aug-2010 12:17
Thats a fantastic place, light, colors ;
Even if stauration here is strong this is appealing
Stephanie05-Aug-2010 09:17
I believe that I have stood in this very spot to capture this image. Your photo blows mine away. Beautiful work Simon!!! BV
Yi Feng04-Aug-2010 02:20
Fantastic light and color!
Avi26-May-2010 07:28
Looks like an alien landscape. Specail.
princess22-May-2010 22:40
Fantastic shot. Beautiful place. BV
atso13-May-2010 06:08
amazing place!!!
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal26-Apr-2010 10:02
Absolutely outstanding. A great image and beautiful light. BV
Shirley Maranda22-Apr-2010 23:19
This is a phnominal photo!
Ashley Hockenberry02-Apr-2010 21:30
One of your best shots
Spectacular !
Jean Chiasson14-Mar-2010 21:50
This is a magnificent image Simon big vote
Lieve Snellings18-Feb-2010 01:48
this indeed MUST be a garden of the Gods...
soooooooooooooooo beautiful ! BV
Rick Bricker08-Dec-2009 01:29
Print,frame and hang!Magnificent work!
David Bannister30-Nov-2009 22:41
Very beautiful, almost surreal landscape portrayal. Well done! V
Marisa D.L.11-Nov-2009 09:42
All have already been said in other comments! What a special atmosphere...It's an extraordinary photo indeed!
Naomi Sheaffer10-Sep-2009 13:50
I'm not a big fan of HDR, but this is fantastic. V
Buba Jafarli29-Jun-2009 15:28
Unbelievable! Incredible colors and landscape! Big V.
Willy Alfaro17-Jun-2009 22:34
Stunning landscape and HDR! You got a fantastic image! V!
GeneWard17-Jun-2009 02:18
this is a beautiful image, I really like it
PauloCGama13-Jun-2009 18:40
This is magical and awesome, Simon. Just awesome!!
Bartosz Kotulski05-Jun-2009 12:22
wow. this is great Simon. absolute amazing composition,light and details. looks surreal but really really good
Rosemarie Kusserow11-May-2009 19:47
Incredible colors, indeed, wonderful composition, love it, Rosemarie :o) V
PauloCGama21-Apr-2009 19:58
So beautiful and powerful it seems to be from another world.
I am speechless, love it!! VvV
Ron LaCroix17-Apr-2009 13:17
I have never seen this place before. Thanks for showing it to me. It is gorgeous.
blizzard26-Mar-2009 03:51
ah my back yard
a marvelous place, holy to native Americans
and spiritual to every one that take time to look
beautiful camera work

Simon take care of you self
I will miss you talented camera eye
Jeffee Gourley Art and Photography13-Mar-2009 18:45
I like the Garden of the Gods! Color tones nice.
Alain Boussac09-Mar-2009 11:29
Fabulous picture like from another world. Great visual impact. Bravo, Simon ! BV.
Chris Spracklen23-Feb-2009 19:07
Extraordinary image, Simon!
How I've missed this for so long?!
Incredible colours and rock formations!
Eduardo Torres17-Feb-2009 06:21
Very nice picture, beautiful composition , nice colors, nice light , voted
Yi Feng06-Jan-2009 03:00
Absolutely stunning! Love the light and color! V
GeneWard07-Dec-2008 00:00
excellent! GMV
edwina beaumont23-Nov-2008 09:43
the lighting is amazing, great composition
leelou15-Nov-2008 23:09
A wonderful capture ... Spectacular light !V
Aloha Diao Lavina11-Nov-2008 11:58
I love this otherworldly composition. The balance is perfect, and the framing is...just right. Superb.
Kerry Tingley08-Nov-2008 17:53
What a wonderful capture. the light is perfect and the balance of rocks and trees is outstanding. v
bill friedlander06-Nov-2008 16:31
Spectacular formations, rich light, and beautiful colors. V
Andrew06-Nov-2008 06:45
Great lighting & stunning colors. -v
Nikhil Bahl03-Nov-2008 17:48
Stunning image. v
Marcia Rules26-Oct-2008 14:48
William Tockes29-Sep-2008 16:22
Simon, all I can say is WOW. Well done, it looks like a special place and you caught it either early or late in the day. It's hard to beleive that it's that red. I will now have to put it on my list of places to visit. Bill
Manas Khan08-Sep-2008 19:27
Terrific landscape shot! GMV
Milan Vogrin02-Sep-2008 21:41
XiaoBernard9926-Aug-2008 06:34
Extra and magical .Perfect title.There is in France a little Colorado area in the south ,same color but not so big .The color sand used in painting also .Great sensation.
poetry66614-Aug-2008 00:10
Such a beautiful and wonderful scene to capture Simon. The colours and lighting are so perfect.V!!!!
Guest 05-Aug-2008 14:14
Superb! V
John Potter21-Jul-2008 00:50
Stunning, Simon. Simply awesome!
Jeff Waldorff16-Jul-2008 00:12
Wow, Simon! This is extraordinary! I like everything about it... Truly magnificent!
thomas12-Jul-2008 07:55
almost to good to be true! fantastic light, scenery and colors! a fest for my eyes, V
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet08-Jul-2008 01:22
An image from another world.
Wenche Aune01-Jul-2008 22:13
Outstanding work. V
J. Scott Coile01-Jul-2008 18:49
Breath-taking. A surreal beauty!
Sam Rua01-Jul-2008 04:56
Stunning comp and magnificent light in this one. Well done, Simon. V.
William Drew30-Jun-2008 02:09
Simon, this shot is brilliant. My favorite of yours. V!
Gilles Navet29-Jun-2008 23:43
Une imaga rare, comme un conte de fée............
Jay Levin28-Jun-2008 20:01
Breathtaking image with fantastic lighting and perfect composition. Vote
mathilda williams28-Jun-2008 18:40
voted! simon this is just wonderful!
Debbie Blackburn Beierle28-Jun-2008 06:15
Beautiful! Excellent lighting. I love the color contrasts!
Michel CORBOZ27-Jun-2008 11:46
Amazing place ! V
Guest 26-Jun-2008 23:48
Tripping the light fantastic! V
Richard Calmes26-Jun-2008 12:33
A truly stunning image! V
QUERIDO26-Jun-2008 10:52
wonderful shot, big vote
Sofia Solomennikova26-Jun-2008 09:13
Fabulous view! V
Jean Chiasson26-Jun-2008 01:39
Wow fantastic scene and composition love the light vote
Matthew Mannell26-Jun-2008 00:35
Unreal, pure fantasy..I love it!
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik25-Jun-2008 16:11
Fantastic shot Simon!
Ken Chambers ARPS25-Jun-2008 16:09
Magnificent and dramatic, thank you for bringing your photographic emotions to share with us... v
Joanne Kamo25-Jun-2008 14:02
Outstanding image, unreal! V
Wesley Chandler25-Jun-2008 05:28
Outstanding photo! Great depth in color and a wonderful mood. V.
alfredo camba jr.25-Jun-2008 04:34
Wonderful capture! Very beautiful colors and details! Big vote!!
Liz Bickel25-Jun-2008 03:11
Breath taking beyond words!
Char25-Jun-2008 02:31
Hi Simon,
Definitely an amazingly wonderful scene as only you could capture it. Outstanding and out of this world. \/
Brinn MacDougall24-Jun-2008 21:31
Your title sums it up..fantastic scene and use of HDR..add this to my favs..v
McGarva24-Jun-2008 20:35
Simply stunning ... V
jan madsen24-Jun-2008 18:30
Outstanding work
Jaime González24-Jun-2008 18:22
Terrific, unreal, amazing, impressive and so beautiful! -V-
Apostolos Tikopoulos24-Jun-2008 17:53
Terrific capture and great colours. V.
Marco Valk24-Jun-2008 17:39
amazing image and landscape; vote
Shmuel Halevi24-Jun-2008 15:04
Beautiful scenery, excellent composition.
globalgadabout24-Jun-2008 14:35
dramatic and gorgeous landscape...the composition and rich colours are wonderful...V
Neal Nye24-Jun-2008 11:28
What a fantastically powerful image. It is clear why the gods have chosen it!
John Reynolds24-Jun-2008 10:19
Wow! Those colours and what a landscape! V.
Noel Saratan24-Jun-2008 08:27
Wondrous beauty, congratulation for the equally beautiful capture!
Jean D24-Jun-2008 02:48
Excellent, gorgeous scene and very well composed, Simon! ~V~
Chad Ramsey24-Jun-2008 02:36
Wow! Its from another world! Fantastic caputre~V
Manas Khan23-Jun-2008 23:17
Great landscape shot! Beautiful colors and light! V
Yves Marquis23-Jun-2008 23:10
simon this is wondeffull
an nguyen23-Jun-2008 22:43
A beautiful painting you made from your camera. V
john savage23-Jun-2008 22:41
Simon this is fantastic. Great job. V
Marcia Colelli23-Jun-2008 22:36
beautiful rich colors, nice composition V
Ronny Van Eeckhoutte23-Jun-2008 21:21
Just would be proud, if this was one of mine!

marie-jose wolff23-Jun-2008 20:22
supreb scenery, spectacular image! V
patou23-Jun-2008 20:10
Cest superbe ,couleurs , lumieres ( v )
endre novak23-Jun-2008 19:59
spectacular piece.
Nick Powell23-Jun-2008 19:54
An amazing capture, well done. V
LeeG23-Jun-2008 19:43
Stunning image! Awesome work, Simon. ~V~
Monique Trempe23-Jun-2008 17:29
Fantastic, great light, beautiful colours. V
Katie Chew23-Jun-2008 17:11
Beautiful work!!! V
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography23-Jun-2008 16:55
Absolutely wonderful, Vote :)
Ceya23-Jun-2008 16:12
Marvellous scenery, Simon! Beautifully captured and composed image! Incredible light. Big vote!
Walter O. Koenig23-Jun-2008 15:41
Very cool image. The colors are off the hook. Excellent treatments. "V"
Fong Lam23-Jun-2008 15:12
Without a doubt, this is the garden of the Gods !!
Awesome capture and treatment.
Evaristo Buendia-Carrera23-Jun-2008 14:47
What a great morning, Beautiful! V
Rodney H23-Jun-2008 14:24
It almost doesnt look real. excellent photo : ) v++
Baine Carruthers23-Jun-2008 12:58
Love it
Carol Breton23-Jun-2008 12:35
Simon, this image seems to capture the essence of the Gods in the Garden.
The magnificent colors, rock structures and light you have brought to us in this
one frame are superb. V
James Clarke23-Jun-2008 12:29
Love the HDR effect here, Simon. Wow it's like a scene from a different planet. +V
deborahcuming23-Jun-2008 12:14
Garden of the Gods is a beautiful place, but your portrayal of it takes it beyond to magnificient!! This is the most incredible and beautiful image I have ever seen of this magical place...V
yomaki23-Jun-2008 11:24
Exellent work!
Tina Todd23-Jun-2008 11:03
Shut up! Simon....Excellent! Absolutely love it!
CM Kwan23-Jun-2008 10:14
Excellent capture and very nice treatment, Simon! V
Giancarlo Guzzardi23-Jun-2008 08:20
i's fantastic indeed!... that light captured here!
olivier bruning23-Jun-2008 07:48
like a fairy tale! V
fred_il23-Jun-2008 07:14
parallaxes23-Jun-2008 07:01
Dreamland, splendid +V+
Bryan Murahashi23-Jun-2008 05:52
Beautiful colors and landscape capture. V
Tom Munson23-Jun-2008 05:15
Absolutely outstanding, Simon. A great image. v
Dawn C. Schu23-Jun-2008 05:04
Wow oh wow oh wow!! Beautiful...what a truly amazing shot. The colors! ~VOTE~
Sabine Stetson23-Jun-2008 05:00
goose bump picture...first i thought it was a
film set or, the real thing...utterly
stunning, awesome, totally breathtaking shot...thank you for
showing it to us!!!
January Grey23-Jun-2008 04:43
Too beautiful for words, Simon! WOW! V~
NealyBob23-Jun-2008 04:23
Very beautiful! Gorgeous light and color in this landscape~! V
laine8223-Jun-2008 04:18
Very Jurassic, Simon :>) love the colour saturation.
Peter Stahl23-Jun-2008 03:47
You got to luv it. Looks super in HDR. GMV.
Jim Coffman23-Jun-2008 03:28
Simon, this is awesome!! V V V
Sam_C23-Jun-2008 02:44
Simon, this is really, really stunning!! Truly magical image, one of my favorites out
of the many great ones you have. Big Big Vote!!!
Elaine (etfitz)23-Jun-2008 02:30
Gorgeous image! Fabulous light!
Guest 23-Jun-2008 02:27
Excellent Shot V
Milan Simic23-Jun-2008 02:17
Wooow man, this is so unreal... side lighting, good sharpness - fabolous landscape... huge vote!
carol j. phipps23-Jun-2008 02:14
Wow! Wow! Terrific! Vote
Hank Vander Velde23-Jun-2008 02:06
Fantastic shot Simon. Great light to bring out the beautiful colours. V.
Sandi Whitteker23-Jun-2008 01:54
Stunning shot Simon!! Fabulous light to bring out the rich colors of these formations, in this beautifully comosed shot!