Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Friday, September 10, 2010

Pikes Peak Highway

For those who thought I climbed Pikes Peak, I cheated. There are actually three ways to get to the top, and hiking's the hardest; I've done it, but not this time. There's also a cog railroad, but I drove up the highway, which goes all the way to the top. Here's one of the views if you get out of the car by one of the lakes.
The lakes are artificial, here's the dam for this lake. The highway runs across the top of this dam.
And finally, here's a view down onto the highway from above treeline; again, this photo was taken from the side of the road. You can see the highway winding down from the right to the left, and then down into the trees.
This highway is about as scenic as it gets, so it's my post for Scenic Sunday.
Scenic Sunday

17 comments:

  1. Very interesting this post. The first one picture is marvelous.
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

    greetings

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  2. that first picture is beautiful. i don't think i could leave this spot once i arrived. hope all is well. happy weekend~

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  3. Very scenic. Driving up would be easiest - hiking would be difficult with a camera (unless it's small).

    Happy weekend Al, Evelyn

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  4. I only went up Pikes Peak once - driving as well. We couldn't stay very long, as I developed tunnel vision from the thin oxygen. But it was worth the trip - I love the view of the road from near the top ... windy and scary. But fun.

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  5. The water looks so clear and inviting but I'm sure Very Cold.
    Have you always been able to Drive to the top? I seem to remember taking a gondola up during the 1970s. That sure looks like my kind of road. All wonderful views.

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  6. Oh Al
    le tue foto sono sempre così ben fatte, colorate e magiche.
    Mi piace molto la foto n.1... la riva arancio, l'acqua azzurra e il verde delle montagne all'orizzonte... bellissimo questo accostamento di colori !
    Buona giornata.
    Myriam :)

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  7. In the old days, people would pick up those drift wood for fire wood.

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  8. Wonderful scene.Yes I agree with Ann even here i our place... Philippines people would race to be the first one to pick those drifted wood!

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  9. Very grand scenes :) The first photo is very beautiful.

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  10. Breathtaking views.
    I'm always slightly spooked by driving along the top of a dam - don't like to think about all that water being held back!

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  11. Stunning views and very scenic, Al. Thanks for all your visits to my blog. I 've popped over here and am I glad I did. Your photos are beautiful. Have a good weekend. Jo

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  12. Very informative, and very interesting. Nice photos.

    I love how clear the water is, and how the road snakes its way thru the landscape.

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  13. Buongiorno Al, the colors that you managed to capture with the first photos are amazing and the road winds through the mountains like a snake moving

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  14. Very interesting, we have talked about the cog railway but driving maybe the way to go!

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