Last month when my fiancé and I visited Colorado we took a scenic drive through Colorado Springs. As we were driving down the highway I repeatedly saw signs for the Garden of the Gods. I thought to myself "oh what kind of hokey theme park is the Garden of the Gods?". Little did I know Garden of the Gods was the spectacular red sandstone natural structures that tower over the dessert brush. As we approached the site my breathe caught in my throat at the wonder and majesty of it all, such beautiful natural formations like I have never seen before. Here is a bit of history I gleaned through our stroll though the gardens. In 1859 two surveyors ventured out from Denver City to begin a townsite, soon to be called Colorado City. As they explored nearby locations they stumbled upon a beautiful area of red sandstone formations. The first surveyor, M.S. Beach exclaimed that this would be a "capital place for a beer garden". Rufus Cable, the second surveyor who was a "young and poetic man", exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods" and it has retained that name ever since.
In 1879, General Palmer, who founded Colorado Springs, repeatedly urged his friend, Charles Elliott Perkins, the head of the Burlington Railroad, to establish a home in the Garden of the Gods. Perkins did purchase two-hundred and forty acres in the Garden of the Gods for a summer home in 1879, later adding more acreage but never building on it. Perkins preferred to leave his wonderland in its natural state for the enjoyment of the public. In 1907 Perkins died before making arrangements for the land to become a public park, even though it had already been open to the public for years. In 1909, Perkins' children, knowing their father's desire to keep the Garden of the Gods a public space, gave his four-hundred eighty acres to the City of Colorado Springs. Please enjoy with me the beauty that I encountered that day...
Garden of the Gods attracts all kinds of climbers
but there are warning signs everywhere that it is only professional climbers with the right gear that should tackle these towering rocks.
Can you spot the brave man above?
The rock structures have formed many shapes and some of them look like animals.
What animal do you spot climbing the rock below?
I find nature is a catalyst for ideas and inspiration for new shapes, proportions, and color combinations to use in my design practice.
I try to travel or get outside to view the created beauty that surrounds us. When I do sometimes it is impossible to take it all in and I am in awe of how blessed we are with such natural beauty in this country and beyond.