Thursday, June 21, 2012

Go West VIII - The Kissing Couple

The Kissing Couple, Colorado National Monument, Colorado
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

Being lowlanders from coastal South Carolina, Becky and I were easily awed by the vertical scale of Western landscapes. To my delight, they are perfect fits for the vertical photographic format, which I often favor when composing images.

This post shows the 300 foot high monolith called "The Kissing Couple", named for a slight separation in the stone, making it appear that two figures are entwined in a constant craggy kiss. The valley below is Monument Canyon, and in the distance, directly above the kissing rocks, you can see "Window Rock". In the far distance is Grand Valley, a lush fruit farming area where the Colorado River meanders through.

Eons of erosion have created a treasure trove of rock formations in this park. The hard, coarse sandstone cap rock weathers more slowly than the softer, finer layers below creating easily recognized shapes, like "Balanced Rock", "Dogs Tooth" and "Mushroom Rock".

I searched long and hard for Shaggy Yak Back Ridge,
but alas could not find it.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous. From where did you capture that picture?

  2. Your entries on the west are fascinating as well as the texts accompanying the photos, I like the chapels of St. Louis, it is clear that Colorado has a lot influece Spanish, but what I like about America is that there is something for all countries.

  3. Such an awe inspiring landscape. The spaces are so vast and dramatic. Shaggy Yak Back Ridge beckons for another road trip.

  4. romantic stones, this kiss idea is an inspiration! :)
    Awesome shot and magnificent landscape!

  5. breathtaking panorama my friend, absolutely powerful

  6. After seeing this fantastic photo, it's clear that we need another western motor trip.

  7. Una visión que produce vertigo.


  8. amazing natural features here! you've found the ideal pov and angle for this shot, doug! i am awed, too, by the incredible variety of shapes and forms and colours of the western landscape ...

  9. Another WOW from me!
    Aren't you lucky to live in a great country like America?!
    There are so many wonderful places in your country.
    Forget about yaks, did you see any pumas?

  10. Amazing natural formations.
    Thanks for helping me "travelling" through your country. :)

  11. It's great to see the fascinating geological formations. And the intriguing interpretation of the rocky embrace; although I think Timothy O'Leary's philosophy may have contributed to it's name!

  12. How nice! They remind me of Cappadocia.

  13. wow, magnificent
    i hope that once in my life i can get there...

  14. Amazing structure and perfectly composed photo.

  15. The vertical format certainly works perfectly here in this beautiful shot.

  16. Big rocks. The kissigs couple is a worderful landscape.
    The vertical format is making bigger and bigger the shoot.

  17. Very spectacular! Hope to see this amazing landscape one day... NIcely done!
    Have a nice day.

  18. they definitely are massive & impressive, a fine catch! :)


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