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UploadedJuly 29, 2012
TakenJuly 17, 2012
ModelCanon PowerShot SX30 IS
Exposure1/640 sec at f/4.5
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[Looking west from the I-70 overpass at exit 254]

I can’t remember when I first saw the Colorado Rocky Mountains or what my reaction was. I am sure the “Front Range” came into view fifty miles out, as I was crossing the high-plains desert, which characterizes much of Eastern Colorado.

The Front Range holds the promise of what is to come. However, it is not until you are about 25 miles west of Denver that the Colorado Rockies come fully into view.

As you drive west on I-70 out of Denver, you begin to ascend . . . and ascend. As you approach Exit 254, you climb to the crest of a hill and there, before you, are the mountains!

This photo cannot do justice to the visual feast that is before you. To capture something of the view, I pulled off the Interstate, parked, and walked to the overpass. The fast moving traffic below (which caused the overpass to vibrate), the absence of guardrails, and the brisk wind added to the enjoyment.

It was a John Denver moment!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

65 responses

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    just a word: AWESOME!!!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    Awesome view and photo Richard! Hope to see the Rockies one of these days.

  • brenda burk

    brenda burk gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    Well now I know where you are,awesome photo

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    FABULOUS!!!!! I'll be looking at that view 2 weeks from today!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    Brings back many memories for me....Thanks. Lovely photo.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (29 Jul 2012):


  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    I will never outgrow my enthusiasm for any mt view, esp that first anticipated glimpse. Great image, Dick.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    gorgeous mountains! Glad to see you back, dix!!! Not sure which makes me happy and excited to see.. :-)

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    Awesome view and capture, busy highway, too.. what a shot!! Great to see you back!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (29 Jul 2012):

    Thank you, Brenda, for the spotlight, and thank you everyone for the thoughtful comments.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    Wow, what a fantastic view! Breath taking for sure! Hope you are having a great time!!! Miss you around here!!

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    stunning !!!! wish I could see it in person

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (29 Jul 2012):

    WOW!! What an incredibly beautiful place and capture!! I do hope I get to see it one day. It sure is good to have you back!

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey said (30 Jul 2012):

    A beauty of a shot, really captured the mountains in all their glory. I first saw them driving west on old US 40 back in the mid 50's.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    And THAT'S why I live in the West! This is like the view I have every day, except we have 4 fewer lanes of traffic. A fantastic shot and view...welcome back to the world of JPG, where the new saying seems to be 'there's a theme for that'!!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    Wow!!! What a fantastic view! I have always wanted to see the West and REAL mountains, instead of these hills they call mountains in VA.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    So great to see you posting, what an awesome sight, so well captured, welcome back, Richard !

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    Love what U wrote..amazing shot!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    Colorado has some lovely views and this is gorgeous of the mountains and sky..I wonder if the people who are commuting back and forth to work on the busy highway take all of this for granted....It is nice to see you back to JPG.

  • Heather Rafferty

    Heather Rafferty said (30 Jul 2012):

    I lived right off that exit for many years and no I never got tired of that view! Nice capture!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    A W E S O M E ! ! !

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (30 Jul 2012):


  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    Now this is really a stunning photo of the Rockies, Richard! I love the way you took this photo head on!! One of your very best ever. What a gorgeous piece of art. This makes me want to jump in my car and head out!!! Very beautifully done my friend!!!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   said (30 Jul 2012):

    Very Nice POV.. Actually better than very nice -- it simply breath taking! Nice to see you on JPG again, like me you must be busy, busy, busy!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (30 Jul 2012):

    Wow zeee! I have nothing but Rocky Mountain high praise for the most perfect view of some super mountains.....fabulous, Richard!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (31 Jul 2012):


  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    Takes the breath away! What a beautiful clear day to capture that amazing view! You are such a daredevil.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    Dick, this is awesome! Love that mountain vista. Can't imagine how you could capture it safely.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    Remarkably beautiful panorama.

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    WOW, Great shot of the Mountains!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    This is beautiful, Richard! The mountains look so magical. I was relieved to hear you were on an overpass, and not hanging from some highway sign to get this shot.

  • Laura Fleming

    Laura Fleming said (31 Jul 2012):

    lovely! i wish i could see this everyday!

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    That is one heck of a panorama. Beautiful shot.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (31 Jul 2012):

    wow!! my friend this is great stuff!!! I love this shot. well captured....

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (31 Jul 2012):

    Thank you for the spotlight, Frank!

  • Lev Lerner

    Lev Lerner gave props (1 Aug 2012):

    Incredible place, color and composition! Amazing shot!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (1 Aug 2012):

    I have seen this view many times....Great shot!

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (1 Aug 2012):

    Great view! Good capture!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (1 Aug 2012):

    Wow! Takes my breath away. So good to have you back, Dick. Hope your daughter thrives in Rome. Wish she had moved there before we moved away from Italy. Would have loved to meet her in Rome.


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  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (1 Aug 2012):

    Impressive view! Excellent shot!

  • rashmi a

    rashmi a gave props (2 Aug 2012):

    W0w! It is so beautiful

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (2 Aug 2012):

    Very nice photograph. It has the feel of a painting. Good to see you back on JPG.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (3 Aug 2012):


  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (3 Aug 2012):

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Richard!!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (3 Aug 2012):

    You can really feel for the pioneers of days gone by when they walked toward these mountains, or rode. Looks like they go on forever. What a view Richard! So impressive. Love your narrative...brings it to life.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (3 Aug 2012):

    OMGosh, how I would love to be there right now!!! This is a fantastic photo, Richard : )

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (4 Aug 2012):

    Breathtaking views, beautiful perspective

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (4 Aug 2012):

    All 4 of my kids are in Colorado. And you're right about the ascent. My youngest son lives in Vail and we are doing a 2 week roadtrip up the hill and back for his wedding. Can't wait to start snapping. Great vantage point.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (7 Aug 2012):


  • Lynn Hathaway

    Lynn Hathaway gave props (9 Aug 2012):

    Fantastic capture!!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (9 Aug 2012):

    Fabulous shot... fantastic....

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (15 Aug 2012):

    Impresionante !!!!!

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (16 Aug 2012):

    Awesome shot Richard!

  • Aloha Montgomery

    Aloha Montgomery gave props (30 Aug 2012):

    I was relieved to hear you didn't shoot from the meridian ... until reading about the absence of guardrails.

  • Aloha Montgomery

    Aloha Montgomery gave props (30 Aug 2012):

    I was relieved that you weren't shooting from the meridian, until reading about the overpass with no guardrail. Such a daredevil! Great photo!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (1 Sep 2012):

    How beautiful this is, Richard!!

  • tania medina

    tania medina gave props (11 Sep 2012):


  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (15 Sep 2012):

    Recently came back from Colorado. This is awesome.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (10 Oct 2012):


  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

    Talisha (Tally) Sachlis   said (31 Oct 2012):

    What a view while your driving! Excellent framing & composition!

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (6 Jul 2013):

    sul on fantastilised pildid

  • Cindy Romero

    Cindy Romero gave props (27 Jul 2013):


  • Michael Asaro

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