I work at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, which is located on the edge of the Austin Bluffs, a series of prominent bluffs on the eastern side of Colorado Springs. The bluffs behind campus offer wonderful views of Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and the western side of the city. I took this photo with a a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

File Under

Pulpit Rock is a prominent rock formation on the eastern side of Colorado Springs, near the Austin Bluffs and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Campus. You can hike to the top of the rock formation, and, if you zoom in on this photo, you'll see a couple people sitting at its peak. The 9,063-foot Mount Herman looms in the background, another great hike in the area. I took this photo with a a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

M22, or Messier 22, is a bright globular cluster in the constellation of Sagittarius that is readily visible in binoculars in the summer sky. The dense star cluster is one of the nearest of the roughly 150 globular clusters surrounding the Milky Way. M22 was the first globular cluster ever discovered, back in 1665. I took this photo with a TMB92L refractor telescope, an unmodified Canon T3i DSLR camera, and a Celestron CG-4 mount equipped with a tracking motor. 

This photo shows the Garden of the Gods from a less common viewpoint, from the west looking east towards the backside of the famous rock formations in Colorado Springs. I took this photo while hiking in Red Rock Canyon Open Space using a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a wonderful spot for hiking in the foothills of the Front Range Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs. The park offers terrific views of the famous Garden of the Gods rock formations, which you can see here in the upper-left. I took this photo with a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

File Under

While hiking in Red Rock Canyon in Colorado Springs, I noticed a few Canadian geese in the small lake on the eastern side of the park. This goose in particular was especially curious (or hoping for food) and swam near me and let me take multiple close-up photos of him. I took this photo with a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

File Under

I went for a hike with my wife and a few friends yesterday in Red Rock Canyon Open Space. We took the Mesa Trail to the Greenlee Trail, a leisurely 3-mile hike that ends with a small lake not far from the park's old rock quarry. The waters were still and tranquil, and a few Canadian geese were floating in the middle of the lake. I took this photo with a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

The Orion Nebula in the constellation of Orion, otherwise known as M42/M43. The Orion Nebula is the brightest nebula visible in the Northern Hemisphere. Even under moderately light polluted skies, the nebula is visible to the naked eye as a faint cloud below the three stars forming Orion's belt, at the tip of the constellation's "sword." In this image, you can also make out the so-called Running Man Nebula, named after its resemblance to a jogger mid-stride.

Pikes Peaks dominates Colorado Springs' city skyline and is visible from just about anywhere in the city. This photo depicts the snow capped 14,000 peak in early spring, as seen from Palmer Park, a wonderful area for hiking in the center of town. If you zoom in on the image, you can just make out the summit house, a building at the top of the peak where they serve homemade donuts and coffee to carloads of visitors who drive Pikes Peak highway to the summit, and to the occasional weary hiker who's climbed the mountain.

Pikes Peak as seen from Palmer Park, a series of bluffs at the heart of Colorado Springs that are great for hiking and mountain biking. I took this photo this morning while hiking Templeton Trail, a 4-mile loop that takes you around much of the park and offers wonderful views of Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and downtown Colorado Springs. I took this photo with a Canon 6D DSLR camera and a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.