March 3, 2011

Misty Mountain Hop


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I love the mountains, love running and love photography. In Colorado, all three fit together nicely.

I went to Boulder in ’06, ’07 and ’09 with friends to run the  Bolder Boulder 10K. Each trip better than the last. Well, except for the torrential rain that marred the weekend in ’09. That’s the year I grabbed this shot. One morning I to the Flatirons at Chatauqua Park to try to get a few shots. Its one of those iconic “must get” shots when you visit an area. You know, with no time to really explore, you go for the low hanging fruit.

Chatauqua Park is laid out in such a way that its tough to NOT get a good shot, but when I got there, around 8:00 AM, the Flatirons were almost completely hidden by clouds. It looked to be a bust, but I hung in there. For three hours.

The skies never completely cleared, but I did manage to get a couple of decent shots. This was my favorites. While I would have loved to get great light dancing off the face of the mountains, I’m rather pleased with this.

On Another Note:
Starting next week I will be adding a weekly game to my posts and the title of this post is a bit of a teaser.

For those of you who are Classic Rock fans, you’ll recognize it as the title of a GREAT Led Zeppelin song. Starting next Monday, I’ll be throwing out some “Random Rock Lyrics” at the end of my posts. The title of the post will be a line from the lyrics, but not the song title.

Your job is to identify the song and artist in the comments section. Extra points for commenting with song / artist related trivia. No prizes, just my admiration and gratitude for participating.

Why? Well, the idea came from email exchanges with my good friend, Fran Coughlin. He often ends his missives with a random rock lyric challenge. I often find them challenging, always compelling. I asked him if I could steal the idea for my Blog. He said yes, but also insisted on creative control. So, Mr. Coughlin will be contributing lyrics. I will be presenting them to you.

Oh … another reason … I like the idea of a weekly theme. I love my friend Mike Olbinski’s Movie Title Wednesday posts. I wanted to steal that idea from him, but I grew up a Catholic. Just the thought of the though of stealing it made me feel guilty. This is the next best thing.

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  1. This is a great shot, Bob. I think I almost prefer the drama in this shot to what you may have been able to capture if the sun were shining.

  2. Hahahah, nice 🙂

    I love the theme. Been using song titles from soundtracks when I’m at a loss for a blog post name, but I love your idea.

    Hopefully people will abide by the HONOR SYSTEM and not Google the lyrics and be shmoes about it 🙂

    I will suck at the game anyways…awful at music.

    Also, the title of your post today is a rock song lyric, but at the same time, it looks like the Misty Mountains from Lord of the Rings! Love it Bob!

  3. Nice! It was a great surprise to see a photo of yours from CO. I have run and hiked these trails many times. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Thanks all … @ Justin, I did have the extreme pleasure of spending an hour running the trails at the park. Great place.

  4. This is a great Led Zeppelin tune! Oh wait, the contest hasn’t started yet. Great photo today Bob, I absolutely love the sense of scale here. Really looking forward to next week now, I have rock ‘n roll in my veins so this will be MUCH fun!

  5. Bob, given you epithet, there can only be one Led Zeppelin song title that would work. I look forward to your new posts!

  6. Awesome idea for a weekly theme, looking forward! Beautiful image today! Can’t imagine running 10k anywhere in the high-altitude state of Colorado – I get winded walking from the plane to get my bags at the airport 🙂

  7. Grew up in Colorado; many wonderful years in the Rockies. Thanks for creating and sharing your vision of an image from my home state. Love the serene, gentle light.

  8. Super tones and processing – great work.
    I also use song lyrics when i need some ‘out there title’ most of my asylum shots are titled from Pink Floyd song I was listening to when processing.

  9. Great shot, Bob! I’m looking forward to your new theme. I’m with Mike on this one though… I suck at music. Good with movies though.