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Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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Just a mile south of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is Red Rock Canyon Open Space. While its formations aren’t nearly as well known nor as extensive or impressive, the rocks do offer up some pleasant colors and intricate patterns. Here are two panels of stone that caught my attention on June 7th. As far as I know, the hole in the center of the second picture is natural.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 3, 2017 at 4:49 AM

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  1. The color and texture of the rock in that first photo is remarkably salmon-like, and the striations above and below the more solid chunk of rock in the middle are interesting, too.

    Do you think the smooth, circular indentation below and to the right of the more obvious hole might be the beginning of another? If it’s a natural phenomenon, it makes sense that another could appear. In any event, it certainly is a curiosity.


    August 3, 2017 at 7:13 AM

    • I, too, thought of the color as salmon-like. In a few other pictures I got closer to the striations and made them my subject.

      Like you, in the second photograph I noticed what seems to be another hole forming, and in a different image there’s a hole like the prominent one, though smaller. I still think they’re all natural, but what complicates the situation in that part of the country is the fact that sometimes the prehistoric peoples did make holes in the sandstone to act as supports for round beams of wood placed horizontally to serve as supports for roofs in cliff dwellings. We saw holes of that type a few days later in New Mexico.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  2. I like the movement in the first photo. And the holes are so intriguing. I can certainly see them happening either way.


    August 3, 2017 at 9:47 AM

  3. I’ll preface this by saying I am a long time subscriber to your posts, Steve. Receiving the e-mail every morning is one of the small joys of the way I start my day. Anyway, I just wanted to suggest that you post in the photography section of steemit.com. It’s a social media site that pays users in crypto for posting and voting on content. As you can see from this link https://steemit.com/trending/photography top posts receive hundreds of dollars per post and the quality of both your photos and the witty write-ups that go with them far surpass most of the content you can find on there. I have no personal incentive to having you sign up (other than liking to see this relatively new social media site/concept grow) but I know you could be making one hundred dollars per post in no time, as I’m sure the photography and wildlife junkies on there would appreciate your work as much as I and your many wordpress followers do (and you get paid just for having your post voted on).


    August 3, 2017 at 9:50 AM

  4. Semi-abstract forms with so little to give an indication of size. Well seen, Steve.


    August 4, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    • It’s true that the scale isn’t evident. The top photo covers several times as much area as the bottom one. Viva abstraction!

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2017 at 2:37 PM

  5. I am glad you got to enjoy Red Rocks in Colorado Springs, Steve!


    October 30, 2018 at 10:43 AM

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