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The Chapel on the Rock III by Eric Glaser


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This image of Saint Catherine of Sienna’s Chapel at Saint Malo in Colorado – otherwise known as the “Chapel on the Rock” – was captured on a crystalline-cold December morning. The sun had just risen, and the clouds moved swiftly in the high mountain air following an overnight snowfall. For this photo, I used a wide angle lens to better show its sublime setting just east of Rocky Mountain National Park. To the west, just behind the chapel, is Mount Meeker (13,911 feet). Over the years, thousands of visitors (including Pope John Paul II, in 1993) have come to enjoy its simplicity and beauty. On the far right of the photograph, a statue of Jesus Christ Via Veritas et Vita (“I am the way, the truth and the life”) overlooks it all.

To have contemplated such a magnificent scene on that morning, in its ethereal stillness and light, was like touching the very face of God. Not long after I made this photograph, the clouds you see lowered and thickened, transforming the rarified air into an icy fog. It reminded me once again how fleeting – and precious – moments like these really are.

This is one of three photographs I’ve made of this chapel. Please see “The Chapel on the Rock II” for a more complete description of the chapel and its history.

Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel
Saint Malo Retreat Center
United States

The photo was made using a Canon EOS-1V body, EF 35mm f/1.4L lens, and Fuji Velvia 100 film.


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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    absolutely stunning!

  • Many thanks, Charmiene!

    – Eric Glaser

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    This is so very beautiful, excellent work,

  • Thank you for the wonderful comment, Ann!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Bramley1
    Bramley1over 3 years ago

    Wonderful winter scene!!

  • Thank you Brian!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 3 years ago

    Please consider submitting this work (and all others related) to: Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses Group – 2/day. Thanks :)
    - yhun

  • Have just done so, thank you, Yhun!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 3 years ago

    Magnificent work,anna

  • Thank you so much, Anna!!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 3 years ago

    Features 6th of December 2010

    This view is to die for Eric! Beautifully composed!

  • Thank you for the feature, yhun. And yes, it was a moment I’ll never forget!

    – Eric Glaser

  • zumi
    zumiover 3 years ago

    beautiful comp. congrats on feature!

  • Thank you zumi!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Ellanita!

    – Eric Glaser

  • viennablue
    viennablueover 3 years ago

    beautiful composition, a stunning image

  • Thanks for the kind words, Jacqui.

    – Eric Glaser

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks, Audrey!

    – Eric Glaser

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