I thought today I’d present to you Pikes Peak. I grew up in Colorado Springs and this 14,000 ft. mountain peak stood tall over the city. Almost everyday you could see the mountain peak from where ever you were in the city. Most of the images that you see of the Pikes Peak are from the city or with the Garden of the Gods in front of the peak, but today I thought I would give you a view from across the open plains to the northeast. I guess I envision is a similar vision to what the early settlers would have seen across the open plains. The early spanish settlers called this mountain “El Capitan” before it was renamed by Zebulon Pike.
Pikes Peak is the easternmost fourteen thousand foot peak in the United States. It stands 14,110 ft. above sea level and 8000 ft. above the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It’s one of Colorado’s 54 Fourteeners (mountains above 14,000 ft.). I was hoping the clouds would clear away showing the top of the peak on the morning I took this shot, but never did materialize. I thought though that this image was still unique as the Alpen glow filling the clouds around the mountain giving the sky a dramatic look around the peak. The smaller mountain to the left of Pikes Peak is Cheyenne Mountain. Cheyenne Mountain is famous for NORAD (North American Aerospace Command) which continues to operate within the mountain.
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- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
- ISO: 100
- Focal Length: 80 mm
- Aperture: f/11
- Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec.
- Post Processing: Aperture – Apple® – sharpen, Nik Software Viveza 2