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Holiday snaps

Its been almost two weeks since I got back now, and I've just started processing photos amongst the other jobs I have to do... I've been helping a friend finish the DIY in their house, helping another prepare to move/make trips to the tip/pack things up! And to top it off sorting my place in preparation for the impending sale and finding somewhere else to live. Its been a busy couple of weeks


All days start with a good breakfast (ironically towards the end of our trip). Quesadilla at a lovely cafe (Good Karma) in Manitou springs. This is the bottom of the Pike's Peak Cog Railway which will be in a later instalment.

Breakfast Quesadilla by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

I was privileged to stay in a lovely condo in Colorado Springs on the Broadmoor Hotel complex. Never heard of it? Neither had I but it is steeped in history, notably rejection of prohibition, its status for entertaining and its golf course. It lies a short distance from Cheyenne mountain and is probably one of the nicest places I've been in a while. So relaxing that in the week I was there, I only managed a few short excursions from the resort. I'll definitely be heading back there to spend more time looking around. There is a museum on site housing some of the classic Pike's Peak racing cars and an explorable open expanse that is the natural beauty of Colorado.

A view of the main building, dating back to the late 1800s originally from across the lake.

Broadmoor Hotel by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

And some of the lush vegetation surrounding Cheyenne mountain from one of the paths around the golf course.

P7300179 by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

More to come over the next few days
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Re: Holiday snaps

I'm sniffing an interesting set of posts here Alex, keep them coming!
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Re: Holiday snaps

Thank you! Its unfortunately a rather short set because I was too busy having a proper holiday than taking pictures that are worth sharing. I did manage to capture some fantastic shots for the family album which the people I stayed with are over the moon with.

Beagle - you may be a little more interested in what is going to come up on VZi in the months coming. Beetle is going to finally have a cash injection and subsequent progress towards turning a wheel for the first time in over 10 years.

A couple from Garden of the Gods rock formations between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs. Beautiful, hot and lush. Left to the people of Colorado Springs as a free entrance site. And you can understand why from being there. We didn't do the infamous "balance rock" just because that is the way things panned out, however a stroll around was just breathtaking.

The Siamese Twins (polarising filter doing its thing)

The Siamese Twins by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

And the Kissing Camels. Have a closer look on Flickr to see the detail, the camels being in the top portion.

Kissing Camels by Alex Bennett, on Flickr



On the theme of animals, Cheyenne Zoo. A great place where you can feed hungry giraffes and view many exotic (to me) animals. First time I've seen an armadillo; what great creatures, sadly no pictures.

Obligatory picture of Aleksander for my brother - too hot for a smoking jacket.

Meerkat by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

And a giraffe feeling sad that all the lettuce was gone

Giraffe by Alex Bennett, on Flickr
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Re: Holiday snaps

And a teaser of more to come. More than half way up Pike's Peak.

ED and ZERO coating are great, but when you really want lens flare you an get it with a 12-40mm

Pike's Peak Cog Railway by Alex Bennett, on Flickr
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An interesting taster of things to come!
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Re: Holiday snaps

The final few - I did mention it'd be a short set. There are a few more on Flickr

From Pike's Peak Cog Railway, built in the 1890s by a very, very rich man. At a cost of $1.5m back then and charged people $5 to come up, that is around $100 in today's money, so hugely expensive. It runs from Manitou Springs to the summit at 14,115 ft (4,302m) raising through grades of up to 1:25 - impossible for a standard railway and hence the cog system as seen below.

Track by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

According to the inbuilt level of the camera, this was taken horizontal!

Climb by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

The trains are fairly spartan, probably to keep weight to a minimum but also because not much is needed, its a simple Driver enclosure at both ends and a load of seats. On the exterior they are slightly nicer

Pike's by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

Pose and light by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

Driver's window by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

And finally the panorama from the top (better at full resolution on Flickr), it was a beautiful 14 degrees Celsius (T-shirt weather for me, though most were in coats and hats!) and a clear morning. This is around 0930, temperature at the base had reached 31ish by the time we'd descended an hour or so later. On a clear day, its said that you can see the sea, around 1100 miles away.

Pikes Peak by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

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Great panorama. We went on a cog railway at Kleine Schiedagg in Switzerland.

The horizontal shot is very effective.
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Thanks you Mrs T.

A cog railway is a strange experience, much more normal than I was expecting!
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