This is the Garden of the Gods, a national natural landmark in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Five years ago when we went to Colorado, we planned on visiting this place, but a wild forest fire that closed the roads leading here, prevented us on going. Then two years ago, while visiting Colorado once more, we planned on going again. But heavy rains and hail stopped us.
This year, no fire or rain or hail can prevent us from finally visiting this place. Not even rush hour traffic.
This place was purchased by Charles Elliot Perkins, a man who lived in Iowa. (Because I live in Iowa, of course I have to mention this.) But he donated this land to the City of Colorado Spring in 1909, so everybody can enjoy this wonderful site for free.
Some of the rock formations are massive. Some are not so massive.
And some are thin and delicate, with some rocks even dangerously wedged waiting to crash down.
Though the rocks are already wonderful to see, the light from the setting sun added magic to the show. Note the colors of these rocks change from red, to orange, to fiery yellow.
Of course, the sunset is in itself a spectacle to witness. Certainly this is a place to spend some moments of awe and silence. A befitting name to be called the garden of the gods.
It might have taken us several attempts to visit this place, but it was sure worth the wait to finally see this impressive landmark.
From the Garden of the Gods,
(*photos taken with an iPhone)