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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring in the Garden

The gateway to the Garden of the Gods framing Pikes Peak - I could photograph this a million times and there is always something about it that gets me. If it ever gets old, I'll throw away the camera and stay inside.
It was another unusually warm day for March and we headed over to one of the favorite playgrounds to get some trails in. It was an interesting contrast of lighting today - everything north had clouds for a backlight; everything south was clear blue! Kathleen is climbing the Palmer trail - notice that she was eager to bare those arms! It was so nice it was hard to imagine that it could dump snow next week.
Looking north across the valley - hard to believe now that the grassy area used to be a reservoir.
Steve, under some cloud cover, runs up Palmer trail with Cathedral Rock and the Sleeping Giant in the background. It was no surprise that the Garden was PACKED today. There were people, horses, and dogs all over the trails and roads. It was a great day to be out enjoying life!
High up on the Palmer trail, looking down on the North and South Gateway Rocks.
Kathleen is dwarfed by the Siamese Twins Arch.
Kathleen running on the Galloway-Homestead Trail, South Gateway to the right and Cathedral Spires directly in line with the trail. You really have to see these rocks to appreciate the layering and textures - it is a magnificent park and you often get distracted by the beauty of nature while running there.
Cathedral Rock and Cathedral Spires provide a perfect frame for Pikes Peak. The park will soon start to green as the Gamble oaks are getting buds (wow - pollen season already!) and will be adding some color and texture to the landscape.
Nearing the end of the run on the Valley Reservoir trail. The clouds almost give a three dimensional texture to the photographs as the layers of the landscape in the distance become more prominent. It was another great day on the trails with about 10 miles for the run. We are expecting one more day of really warm temps, so we should get a really nice run in on Sunday as well. Happy Trails!

Shoes- K Asics Trail Sensor
S - Asics Gel Trabuco

1 comment:

footfeathers said...

Next nice weekend I'm coming down to run with you two. It looks like too nice a time to pass up.
Tim

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