Earlier this week, our fearless leader (who diligently follows every Colorado-themed social media page...because somebody has to do it) caught one of the myriad Facebook pages dedicated to Colorado nature photography pulling a fast one - COUGH Love Colorado COUGH. They had harvested a stock image of the Baatara Gorge waterfall/Cave of Three Bridges located in Tannourine, Lebanon and tried to pass it off as Timberline Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park to gather a bunch of likes and attention. Check the two photos below, and see for yourself which one is Colorado and which one isn't.
We get it ok? Social media is all about garnering attention. It feeds the inner narcissist in all of us. We're not even saying that there is anything inherently wrong with that. What grinds our gears the most however, is people going about that the wrong way. And Love Colorado isn't the only page we've caught doing that - we'd list them all here but there are literally too many to count and that would take away from the point. So we just wanted to dedicate this post to the people who truly appreciate this great state we live in, and give you all some authentic images to look at. Photo credits are as follows (but in no particular order): Josh Noreen, Bryan Verschoor, Andy Immerman, Allie Conklin, Somer Mock, Matt England, Brendan Bell, and myself. These are not stock internet images: we took these because we actually live here, go to these places, and see these things in real life. Feel free to give our Instagram a follow @coloradoculture for more images just like this, and enjoy!