Everyday Adventure // Garden of the Gods (Part 2)

Yesterday, I shared some of my favorite color photos from this past (gloriously green) weekend in Garden of the Gods.  I had trouble narrowing it down, so I decided to post round 2 today: my favorite black & white shots!

Our recent hike took us on the Palmer trail (we crossed the street from the main parking lot and turned left) which loops around and then connects to the Central Garden trails (aka the paved ones).  I don’t think I’ve ever hiked this way before and I enjoyed that you were hidden from the road and most of the pedestrian traffic.  Even though the main parking lot was packed, we only passed six hikers on Palmer trail, at the most.

The trail was an easy climb and it was really well taken care of – as long as you keep an eye out for leftovers from the horseback trail rides, you are good to go!  We even saw a few younger kids (maybe 6-8 years old) hiking with their parents.

Do you have trouble taking photographs of landmarks?  I feel like they are so well known that it’s hard to take a photo that stands out; they all start to look the same.  For me, seeking out the less-traveled paths helps a little because it puts you at a slightly different perspective.  You can still tell it’s the landmark that everyone and their brother have photographed, but hopefully you’ve captured a bit of uniqueness.

Of course, the great shots are great for a reason.

Do you have a famous landmark where you live?  How do you photograph it, or do you just avoid it?

  • Meghan JohnsonMay 22, 2012 - 9:27 pm

    These shots are great, Annabelle. As much as I love color, sometimes in black and white, forms and shapes stand out more due to the contrast. And I also have trouble with landscapes some times! I try to mix it up like you said: take an unconventional path, shoot close-up details, look for quirky things.ReplyCancel

  • Cabbie NotesMay 22, 2012 - 11:03 pm

    Love your last photo of Garden of the Gods. It’s been years since I’ve visited there, but your photo brings me back. Thanks for the memories. Cheers.ReplyCancel

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