This essay, by Brynne from Doherty High School, is one of the top five finalists for our scholarship. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section below this post!
The Best of Colorado Springs
From the eye of a budding photographer such as myself, the beauty that is Colorado Springs is like no other. Every morning, I look out of my bedroom window to view the majestic Pikes Peak, white-capped or periwinkle depending on the mood of the weather; on my way to school and work, the brightness of the sun highlights the brick red rocks of the Garden of the Gods that are in the distance. In the winter, the snow rarely shuts down the city, instead creating a landscape of fluffy white stuff that is the perfect backdrop for both the evergreens and the leafless trees in the foothills and the parks. Spring brings blossoms of almost every kind of flower imaginable, causing me to slow down and pull over to the side of the road to admire and inhale their sweetness. With the hot summer breezes come the longest days, perfect for hiking and searching for the coolest creeks and streams in which to dip my toes. Autumn finds me speechless, enthralled with the colors that give Colorado its name: golds and oranges, deep purples and browns, scarlet and fading greens, almost impossible to capture the truth of the tones on camera. It is hard to believe that all of this can be found in my city, my Colorado Springs, the place in which I was born and raised. I feel blessed to know that I can find any of this within a twenty minute drive from my home. And I definitely take advantage of my good fortune, never doubting that Colorado Springs is a wonderful place to live!