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This bucolic meadow near the summit of Owl Creek Pass (10,114 feet) in Colorado served as the location for the famous shootout in the 1969 film “True Grit” starring John Wayne, and helped set the scene for this memorable exchange leading up to it:

[Ned Pepper, Mexican Bob, and the Parmalee brothers meet Rooster Cogburn – The Duke – blocking the road.]

Rooster: Where’s the girl, Ned?
Ned: She was in wonderful health when last I saw her. I can’t answer for her now.
Rooster: You’ll answer for her now! Where is she?
La Boeuf: [from far off, in outlaw camp] Rooster, make a run for it! I’ve got Mattie! Chaney too!
Ned: Well, Rooster, will you give us the road? I have business elsewhere.
Rooster: Farrell, you and your brother stand clear. I’ve got no interest in you today. Stand clear and you won’t get hurt.
Harold: Cock-a-doodle-doo! [other outlaws laugh]
Ned: What’s your intention, Rooster? You think one on four is a dog-fall?
Rooster: I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned, or see you hanged at Fort Smith at Judge Parker’s convenience. Which’ll it be?
Ned: I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!
Rooster: Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!

Source: Wikiquote

Now, over forty years later, the horses and men are long gone. The “one-eyed fat man” is nowhere to be found, and the film has become a treasured part of cinematic history. If you come to this beautiful and (now) very quiet spot in the San Juan mountains, you might just think you hear voices. Cow Creek gurgles nearby, and the occasional visitor might stop and look around before heading up to the pass. But most of the time you’ll have this place to yourself. A short distance away, Chimney Rock, Courthouse Mountain, and the rugged spires of Cimarron Ridge stand sentinel above you. It all seems of another time, yet timeless. In the sweet mountain air you’ll know that something good happened here once – indeed, happens every day. You’ll know what it feels to be human. And you’ll know just how good it feels to be alive – here, in Colorado – on God’s green earth.

Ouray County
Uncompahgre National Forest
Southwest Colorado
United States

The photo was made using a Canon EOS 50D digital body, EF 24mm f/1.4L lens, at f/14 for 1/6 second at 100 ISO.


  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

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    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

    FEBRUARY 29th,

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    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the Artists Universe group !!!
    my best, francis.

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    Rene Halesalmost 3 years ago

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice POV in this capture

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    PhotosByGover 2 years ago

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    Marie Sharpabout 2 years ago

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    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Nicely caught here.

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  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...about 2 years ago

    such a really unusual mountain – what a strange shape. any background on that? love this. colors and mountain in the background is marvelous


  • Thanks for your lovely comment, Jane. Isn’t geology amazing? The only way I can come up with to explain this is that this is the way this rock has been eroding for the past many millions of years. And that the rock around what we now call Chimney Rock has been eroding faster than Chimney Rock itself. It’s a work in progress, no doubt. I think we can safely assume that this view will look somewhat different in 10, 20, and 30 million years from now just as it looked different millions of years ago. Back then, only the animals and birds were here to see it. I wonder what they saw? It’s fun to think about. Thanks again for your comment!

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  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 2 years ago

    January 17,2013 Congratulations on your Feature! Great capture!

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