The Chapel on the Rock.
The Chapel on the Rock at the St. Malo Center, Meeker Park, Colorado
After our weeks of nasty weather it was beautiful today. I had a wonderful day of shooting. I managed to get up into the mountains early enough to still have the sun behind me and pretty clear sky ..
Old highway 7 runs from Lyons to Estes Park .. much of it along the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park.
I can still remember the first time I rounded the corner on this old high road and came upon this scene .. I have had a horrid time capturing it in the many years since .. Mt. Meeker is often hidden by clouds .. the Chapel sits on a rock above a very marshy area .. this vantage point is from the highway .. which has no shoulder so you are always risking being run over ..
The following is from:
The founder of Camp St. Malo, Monsignor Joseph Bosetti, had for years entertained an idea that one day he would build a chapel on this site. In 1916 he and two friends observed a falling meteor during the night and in his search for the remnants the next morning, he came across a large rock. The beauty of the land inspired the priest and he remembered Jesus’ words to Peter: “Upon this rock, I will build my Church.” (Matt 16:18).
Vowing one day to build a chapel here, Msgr. Bosetti prayed for nearly 20 years to acquire the funds. During time, he found himself in a constant battle with the Colorado Highway department which had plans to dynamite the enormous piece of granite to both widen and straighten the curve in the road.
Eventually, Msgr. Bosetti won the battle and years later, when the chapel became a reality, it was reported that a group of engineers who laid out the road came to the dedication and thanked him for his perseverance.
The chapel was designed by noted Denver architect Jacques Benedict. The contractors were the Coulihan Brothers and Charlie Miller of the nearby town of Allenspark, who had native stone hauled in by mule carts from the surrounding area to use as building material.
The land on which Camp St. Malo is built was given to the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Malo who purchased the 160 acres from the William McPhee estate in 1935.
The Malos donated the funds for the building of the chapel and paid for its maintenance for decades. The chapel was dedicated by Archbishop Urban Vehr in 1936 to the honor of Saint Catherine of Siena and in the memory of Mrs. Malo’s mother, Catherine Smith Mullen.
In 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the chapel during his trip to Denver for the World Youth Day and bestowed his personal blessing on the chapel.
Over the years, thousand of visitors have stopped at the chapel to enjoy its simplicity and beauty as it is framed against majestic Mt. Meeker. In 1999, Boulder County designated the chapel as a historic site. The Chapel on the Rock is truly a Colorado landmark.
The following is from one of my earlier images:
In order to be considered a real hip mountain in Colorado you have to be a 14er - more than 14,000 feet ... (4,267 meters) .. poor Mt. Meeker .. sits next to Longs Peak .. the central 14er North of Denver .. and Mt. Meeker is just under the mark at 13,911 feet ... 4240 meters ... I wonder if it has developed a complex.
still a stunning mountain in my opinion .. and a truly wonderful place.
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lucasgalodoido (23649) 2007-01-19 22:04
Bonita imagem! As rochas da capela combinam muito com a montanha no fundo, parece até que ela ta camuflada! Boas cores e nitidez da imagem também!
Parabéns e Abraço!
ls7902 (7348) 2007-01-19 22:21
A different subject from you this time. I think I have some pictures of this chapel too - taken in the mid 80s but I have to check my old photo album. The facade has somewhat of a smear look as if it's a painting - maybe a result of high saturation & low contrast? I'm having problem adjusting to my new LCD monitor. I have to move my head up & down to get the correct angle. Latiff
Csilla (1782) 2007-01-19 22:30
This is a beautiful place with a lovely chapel.
Your photo is sharp, the colors are very good and the note is very interesting.
Thanks for sharing!
cdmonson (5244) 2007-01-19 22:35
Excellent shot John. That mountain in the background is stunning, as is the Chapel here. I see that you shot it at about 90 degrees from the sun--perfect for the polarizer. The effect definitely shows in the darker blue of the sky. Wonderful job.
Gustaw (21670) 2007-01-20 4:25
Hi, my friend!
It is very interesting view. Beautiful mountains and chapel with rocks. Good composition and good idea. I like yoyr colours and light. Well done.
snunney (106393) 2007-01-20 4:38
This is a very nice composition indeed. The church is well positioned in the frame and seems to echo the mountain peaks behind. Beautiful tones and excellent definition. Well done.
Didi (60590) 2007-01-20 7:24
I like very much this kind of old architecture as I hate modern style of churches.
Very attractive mountains background with an interesting curve on the massif.
Donald (136) 2007-01-20 8:05
Hi John, what a great Chapel, well worth the wait as it is a beautiful building and what a back drop! I love it.
So now not only trying not to get drowned you dice with death on the highways too!, the things we do to get a photo!! lol.
Perfect Capture, Skill.
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-01-20 10:51
Beautiful composition with nice colours and sharpness! Great perspective!
MIG13 (0) 2007-01-20 14:00
Hi, John! It's real nice that the chapel "looks like the mountains", in colours, shape and strengh! Well done, my friend! TFS! Greetings from Rio! Miguel.
vbl (1421) 2007-01-20 14:08
nice place and nice image. I like very much compo, great contrast
parbo (11092) 2007-01-20 14:31
Finally you had snow and the chapel is also from rock too. Its layout is excellent as your shoot. I like huge and snowy mountain at background with trees in snow. Chapel’s design and colors are completely in harmony with its surround. Congratulations.
sothy81 (9630) 2007-01-20 23:54
Hi John, I must say that this is an excellent photo. The inclusion of the chapel here contrasting to the huge mountain made this photo to be rich in its photographic quality. Very sharp and beautiful colors too. Nicely done. Sothy
evanrizo (456) 2007-01-21 2:24
Wooooh John a really excellent image.
It is very clear, with very nice lightness, a great contrast,beautyful colors and frame.
Very interesting Chapel with the mountain aback from it.
thea0211 (1365) 2007-01-21 3:44
hi john ... beautiful image!
lovely chapel in such nice surroundings - thanks for shooting!
have a great sunday,
i'm glad you had better shooting conditions :)
markstaples (15670) 2007-01-21 6:51
This is a lovely sharp shot with great textures and colours. I like the off-centre composition. The blue sky is a plus.
VeeJayCee (2410) 2007-01-21 7:13
A beautiful stone built Chapel in a superb mountain setting John. The placement of the chapel is perfect and also allows a good view of 2 fine ridges running up to the peak of Mt Meeker set in an azure sky. Exposure, sharpness and colour are all excellent.
Angelillo (9374) 2007-01-21 16:00
You had really a magnificent light, the saturation is perfect for this image. I love the high mountain, the POV enhances this highness, and too the détails of the chapel. Is really a good thing to take up so early! Beautiful shot, John. Thanks,
gunbud (34066) 2007-01-21 16:54
Beautiful capture of this fine old chapel. The colors and details are stunning. The mountains sprinkled with snow make a very impressive background to this beauty.
stego (24132) 2007-01-21 21:12
Great light and pov. Wonderful!
I think it's perfect! Well, maybe that facade has a strange sharpness that I don't understand how it was produced.
TFS, Regards, José.
UnTrained (0) 2007-01-22 3:06
just seen this impressing one from you. I like those buildings made of stone with roofs structured in many levels. And that one in a snowy landscape of many colors, excellent. The mountain in the background is just a great addition to the chapel. Colors and DOF make it to a very good one. TFS
carper (96) 2007-01-22 7:07
fantastic photo John,
great winter atmosphere, good point of view and very good details, very nice photo job and very nice to look at it, good job.
leo61 (0) 2007-01-22 10:58
A very sharp shot of this nice chapel and your polarzer worked well.Nice bright colors and good contrast.I envy you for this good weather and some snow.
Greetings from rainy and very stormy Germany,
borka (264) 2007-01-22 20:59
Stunning photo (I came up with that without seeing the critique above!) The subjects, lightning, colors -
I love especially how the reds play out with the rest of the image.
One of my favorites now,
zeca (19762) 2007-01-22 22:48
Hey John! What a nice chapel! And the place couldn´t be better for it! I am wondering how nice could be inside.. Wonderful colours! The sky is great!
alainh (33205) 2007-01-23 12:27
What a note !!!! Excelent !!!
splendid place, splendid capture.
it remember to me a movie with Jack Nicholson: Shinning !! same atmosphere.
have a nice evening John
DarkoG (8) 2007-01-24 5:54
Nice photo. Very interesting church in front of great mountain. Nicely composed.
vbbreizh (2622) 2007-01-25 2:27
Thanks for this beautiful picture of this lovely chapel dedicated to St-Malo a Saint from Brittany :)
Great example of "well done architecture"...nice volumes, intelligent use of local materials... a perfect integration in this magnificent environment.
carod (364) 2007-01-25 21:17
C'est magnifique, belle netteté !!
pboehringer (770) 2007-01-26 13:16
Hi John, let me get back a little bit in your collection. I never wrote a critique for this one because it is just perfect and everyone already stated that. You got even two people to commit for a favorite one. Very nice placement of the church in your post and having the huge mountain in the bg. Great job!
asajernigan (21427) 2007-01-29 5:59
This is a great winter photo. The mountain behind the chapel forms the perfect backdrop for this beautiful scene. The color and lighting are great with nice sharpness and definition. The deep blue of the sky creates nice contrast to the snow covered mountain.
sebcz (2345) 2007-01-29 8:21
Wonderful place, splendid architecture, the background is so nice, but still it is the building which attracts the attention.
capthaddock (28790) 2007-01-29 12:16
Hi John - appealing combination of nature and architecture, it must have been a windy storm, most of the snow is blown off the roof and mountaintop, and lies in drifts below, I like the added contrast in the workshop version.
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2007-02-01 9:14
Again a very nice photo, love the light on this chapel. Seeing such a mountain backing it up is overwhelming. Glad you captured that, fine sharpness as usual and colours fine too. Top.
Well polarized sky, fine compo !
ptibelo (3380) 2007-02-03 12:07
Une bien belle construction dans un décor grandiose...j'aime les différentes couleurs des pierres ...
amitiés de Corse à toute la famille.
ak47apache (217) 2007-02-05 11:08
superb light and colors. i like how u framed the chapel and the backround is impresiv. very nice shot.
all the best, dany
danos (103056) 2007-03-06 9:05
nice the view of the Chapel on the Rock and the snowy Mt as background too.Good composition and good idea.Chapel’s design and colors are in harmony with its surround.I like the light and sharpness of your shot. Well done.
Benedict (7076) 2007-03-12 8:45
one very extraordinary work from you! the chapel placed on the center with the snow-capped mountains behind gives a striking appeal. the notes are very well detailed.
ps- howdya been?
danyy (0) 2008-03-16 15:25
un fantastique paysage ici. La chapelle est en elle même très attrayante et elle n'enlève rien à la beauté de la montagne qu'elle laisse bien dégagée.
Une photo très nette et des couleurs et lumières bien dosées.
kordinator (22485) 2016-11-13 8:48
Today just have a need to comment photos that are just to my taste, visually very beautiful works, among which is this your photo.
- Copyright: John McLaird (jmcl) (14535)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-19
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus E 300, 58mm circular polarizer
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Winter, Mountains [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-01-19 21:52
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