Moving inward (Thursday Travels)

Finally, we’re going to walk the interior portion of the Paint Mines. (If you’re new here and want to catch up, you’ll find a list of previous Thursday Travels at the bottom of this post.  Or, if you don’t want to catch up, all you need to know is that we’re at the Calhan Paint Mines in El Paso County, Colorado.)

I do wish I had photos of someone other than myself (M took a few of me) or of M (who refuses to be on the blog in any recognizable fashion) to give you some perspective.  I suppose I could blur M’s face (or blur all of me), but I don’t like to do that (even though I’m not superstitious at all… nope, not a bit… which goes a long way towards explaining why I never delete photos of my loved ones).

The hoodoos and other rock formations are not exceptionally tall.  There were taller formations at Garden of the Gods.  Perhaps walking down into them made them seem less tall to me.  The formations are big (and much, much, taller than I am), but to me they didn’t seem like the type of skyscraping formations I’ve seen elsewhere.

The colors and textures are striking, and quite impressive.

Some of the shapes remind me of ocean waves frozen in time, or the ice dunes of Lake Erie when the waves are frozen in winter.

Another features that stands out in my memory is how quiet it was with just M and I clambering around the twists and turns of the trail in the mines.

Usually I start with the best photo, but in this case I wanted to lead you to the more colorful formations because that’s how I saw and experienced them.

Mother Nature’s palette.

I wonder if she dipped her brush into the Paint Mines to color some of her other creations.

I’ll have more next week.  In the meantime, thank you for visiting and meandering in the mines with me.  For those who want the usual walk around the pond, a collage of scenes from today:

It’s a gorgeous day, that’s for sure.  (The peony is not a repeat.  I’m keeping an eye on them, waiting for them to open.  It was the peonies, among other things, that helped me see things a little differently during last year’s Outdoor Challenge.)  I slipped in a look at the shed-building-in-progress, but mostly highlighted the beautiful blue sky.

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34 Comments on “Moving inward (Thursday Travels)”

  1. The mines really do look painted. Great photos, my friend. The pond looks lovely today, as well. Happy Thursday, Robin!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  2. The colors are impressive. Like a magic land or movie set

  3. Ellen says:

    really great place!!! don´t blur yourself!!!

  4. dadirri7 says:

    love the soft colours, the scale, the path, thank you for the morning walk 🙂

  5. I’ve been sharing the paint mines posts with my sweetie who agrees this is on our list of places to visit. I love studying these images and noting shapes here and there. Faces, a unicorn’s head…

  6. Joanne says:

    Fantastic photos Robin, and I did enjoy the way you built us up from the whiter shades through to the most colourful. Like Joss, I saw different things in the shapes of the rocks ~ faces, a skull, an elephant and a bear, and I’m sure there are more creatures, lurking around in there too. 🙂

  7. ailsapm says:

    Wow, lovely, Robin, it almost looks otherworldly!

  8. TBM says:

    I just love nature and your photos make me fall in love all over again.

  9. mobius faith says:

    Images 5 & 7 just blow me away. Image #9 makes me think that I’m walking around the gum line of mother natures mouth (teeth on the left and some broccoli on her tongue on the right) 🙂 Sorry, my imagination runs wild sometimes. Have a great day Robin.

  10. Gracie says:

    Wow, these are amazing. They almost look unreal. The colors on the last photo of the rock formations are really breath-taking. Thank you for sharing, Robin.

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    As soon as I saw the opening pic I yelled … Paint Mines! Simply fabulous!!!

  12. Gerry says:

    Those are striking photos. I didn’t know about the Paint Mines before. All I could think about was all of that under water, as it surely was for quite awhile, a long long time ago. It really is all a great mystery, isn’t it.

  13. Sallyann says:

    Someone certainly has a beautiful eye for colour with the paintbrush. 🙂

  14. Those colors are amazing! I vaguely remember seeing rocks similar to these when I was visiting Colorado. I loved how no matter where you were, you could see mountains! 😉

  15. Dana says:

    These are gorgeous! The colours are simply amazing.

  16. antarabesque says:

    Those are crazy beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


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