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For Purple Mountains: Colorado: A Journey of the Senses

Barbara Sparks

“My journey is one of the coalescence of land and light. I have walked hundreds of miles across this state, and still I grapple with its enormity. The sky is big. The mountains and plains of Colorado host magnificent clouds. Intrinsic beauty and diversity is everywhere. More alpine plants exist in Colorado than in any other state. Rivers originating in Colorado flow into eighteen different states. In 1893, the scene from the top of Pikes Peak so stunned Katherine Lee Bates that she was inspired to write ‘America the Beautiful.’ Today, Pikes Peak is often referred to as ‘America’s Mountain.’”—Barbara Sparks

The final book in a photographic trilogy, Barbara Sparks turns an eye on the landscape of Colorado, the state she’s called home for nearly fifty years. With an introduction by Governor John Hickenlooper and geologist Peter Dea, this book is an elegantly conceived photographic poem.


Barbara Sparks has collaborated on three books: Aspen: Blazon of the High Country with Ann Zwinger, Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains with Tom Wolf, and Spanish Peaks: Land and Legends with Conger Beasley Jr. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions, and it has been added to the permanent collections of the Harwood Museum, the Millicent Rogers Museum, the Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University, the Sangre de Cristo Art Center, and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.

Published By Rose Fredrick Fine Art Publishing

11 x 11 in. 104 pages 70 photographs