|copyright 2001, Grabo'
This is my favorite place on earth — Chimney
Rock, also known as Camel Rock, which sits astride
the Colorado / Wyoming border south of Laramie.
The rock itself is about five feet into Colorado,
but the hill it sits on straddles both states.
The picture was taken from Wyoming, looking
south into Colorado. My grandparents homesteaded
the ranch here
in 1932 after having their 4500 acres foreclosed
by family members during the great depression.
Land in this general vicinity has been in my
mother’s family since 1880, when my great-great-grandparents
came from Prussia.
I waited 40 years for just the right sunset
for this photograph — sunsets like this
are rare, since the color is normally in the
west, and this is the view to the south. I was
fixing roofs at the ranch with my friend Robert,
and the sunset of the century occurred, allowing
me not much time to get my tripod set up. This
isn’t the first time I attempted this
shot, but it’s the first time I liked
I like simple compositions. This is among
the simplest photographs I have ever taken,
and probably the most striking — quite
possibly my favorite to date.
The way it glows, you can use this photograph
to heat up your bedroom. Why not take it home
1996 - Near Laramie, Wyoming