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Sweet America, Pikes Peak Mounatin from Garden of the Gods Park, with Kissing Camels in the foreground, located in Colorado Springs, CO. | by Beverly & Pack
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Sweet America, Pikes Peak Mounatin from Garden of the Gods Park, with Kissing Camels in the foreground, located in Colorado Springs, CO.

I am releasing this picture for any use, whether personal or commerical. This is my hometown and I love this mountain, Pikes Peak. This beauty belongs to us all, and shall be my gift to you.

 

When I was able, I hiked this mountain every single weekend, year round. I'm somewhat thick headed, so I only took the tough route from the front - this view, rather than the easy hike up the backside of the mountain. Looking back, the toughest journeys (the snow storms) were my favorite treks. I guess it's symbolic of life's journeys too, the hardest and toughest of times that seem so neverending, do have the best beauty and lessons buried in them.

 

For the photographers interested, I applied the Fractalius Filter by Redfield to this image.

 

Pikes Peak Mountain is the place that inspired Kathy Bates to write

"America the Beautiful".

 

America, the Beautiful by Ray Charles

 

America the Beautiful

Words by Katharine Lee Bates,

Melody by Samuel Ward

  

O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

 

O beautiful for pilgrim feet

Whose stern impassioned stress

A thoroughfare of freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America!

God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,

Thy liberty in law!

 

O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife.

Who more than self their country loved

And mercy more than life!

America! America!

May God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness

And every gain divine!

 

O beautiful for patriot dream

That sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam

Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

 

O beautiful for halcyon skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the enameled plain!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

Till souls wax fair as earth and air

And music-hearted sea!

 

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,

Whose stem impassioned stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

Till paths be wrought through

wilds of thought

By pilgrim foot and knee!

 

O beautiful for glory-tale

Of liberating strife

When once and twice,

for man's avail

Men lavished precious life!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

Till selfish gain no longer stain

The banner of the free!

 

O beautiful for patriot dream

That sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam

Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

Till nobler men keep once again

Thy whiter jubilee!

 

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Taken on March 27, 2007