Manitou Springs, Colorado
      Manitou Springs, Colorado
      December 12, 2009

      We live in an adorable Victorian town just west of Colorado Springs. Manitou Springs sits at the base of Pikes Peak and is filled with cute cafes and art galleries. Every year I look forward to Christmas shopping at the local artist co-ops. This time I brought a camera… why didn’t I think to do that sooner?

      All these photos were taken with my Canon 5DMkII and a Canon 35mm 1.4L that I rented for the holidays.

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs, Colorado
      Unlike Colorado Springs, which was named fashionably to attract tourists, Manitou Springs actually has springs. The spring water is accessible through a series of drinkable fountains throughout the town.

      Manitou Springs, Colorado
      Here’s another spring fountain, which comes out of a statue into a frozen stalagmite.

      Manitou Springs, Colorado
      Dogs greet you at several of the shops and bars.

      Manitou Springs, Colorado
      Here’s the doorway to one of our favorite bars, the very dog-friendly Kinfolk.

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs, Colorado
      One of our favorite spots is Mona Lisa’s wine cellar. It’s a casual alternative to the more grand restaurant upstairs.

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

      Manitou Springs, Colorado

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      Great images, especially the later ones as the evening light faded.

      Love the photos of Manitou- I am planning to move to Colorado Springs or Manitou springs in the
      next year or two, and have been looking to ‘see’ what it all looks like. Thank you for showing me.

      Hillsdale, MI

      Wow! Great series! Thanks for sharing. Now I really have to get the 35L

      Oh, I’m so jealous of you and your shops, Charlotte! We have two Wal-Marts and two malls with chain-stores and that’s about it. 🙁

      That top photo is gorgeous, too.

      Isn’t the 35L a fabulous lens? I miss it sorely.

      That’s what the sky looks like! That color only lasts about 15-20 minutes, so I shoot quickly when it happens. I do boost the contrast and adjust the street light color balance for the photos in post production, but I don’t do much to edit the photos.

      Is the sky really that intense shade of blue or does that intensity come from how you process them? (Oh, and gorgeous photos, as always!)

      Is the sky really that intense shade of blue or does that intensity come from how you process them? (Oh, and gorgeous photos, as always!)

      wow that place is amazing! thanks for posting these!

      wonderfull pictures, really 🙂
      so what can you say about 35mm?

      wow that place is amazing! thanks for posting these!

      wonderfull pictures, really 🙂
      so what can you say about 35mm?

      I need to come and visit – nice!

      I so want to move here. Wow.

      I so want to move here. Wow.

      fantastic! These really capture the feeling of Manitou.

      That lens is on my hit list! Are you going to be able to give it back?

      Your town is beautiful! I’ve never been to Manitou Springs, but now I really want to visit someday. Gorgeous!

      Looks like my type of town! Love it!

      so beautiful!!! seems like an awesome place to live!

      Beautiful photos! I always seem to love the look of your “dusk/twilight” photos. :o)

      wow I am loving these so much!! they belong in a magazine!

      I was just feeling a little down last night because I still didn’t feel like it was Christmas. Those pictures totally did it, thank you. 🙂

      so beautiful!!! seems like an awesome place to live!

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      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.

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