The Vast Valley Blooms

Monument Valley, UT/AZ

May 5, 2015

We had a beautiful afternoon ride in Monument Valley.  The spring greens were so fresh and varied in tones.  The yucca blooms profusely here.  The cows that free range love the delicacy, so one has to photography them before they are eaten!

A view from the panoramic Artist’s Point of Merrimack Butte and other monuments.

_DSC4487_8_9_2015-05-04-Moument-Valley-artist-pt-lmSpearhead Mesa with tortured pine tree.  Life can be very difficult here.

_DSC4434_5_6_2015-05-04-Monument-Valley-Spearhead-Mesa-ortonRain God Mesa with yucca in bloom.

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Moab Magic

Moab, Utah

April 29,2015

Spring has come to Moab with a desert beauty that is a joy to behold.  After a night of rain, I headed into Arches National Park for sunrise.  The potholes were still filled with rainwater.  These life-giving potholes are a very important part of the ecosystem.

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An image of the famous Courthouse Towers in Arches NP on a lovely spring morning.

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Canyonlands National Park viewpoint looking into the vast layers of the canyons.

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Grandview Point always offers a panoramic view into Canyonlands.

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a new day dawns

Monument Valley Tribal Park

Utah/ Arizona border

 

April 6, 2015

After a much needed rest, we are back on the road again with many great travel plans for this spring, summer and fall.

Caught these early shots of the sunrise at Monument Valley.  The blue hour overlooking the West Mitten, East Mitten and Merrimack Butte.  It is a magical place with only the sound of the winds gusting over the vast valley.

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As the sun rises at the West and East Mittens…

_DSC2683_4_5_2015-04-06-Monument-Valley-sunrise-wrmThe golden suns rays reach the horizon and a new day dawns.

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Desert Snow

Apache Junction, Arizona

January 1, 2015

We woke up in the New Year to a beautiful desert snow storm.  The Superstition Mountains were frosted with the white magic.  The cholla cactus were also dusted with snow.  This is a view of the famous Flatiron peak in the Superstition Mountains.  A sight we will be enjoying from our new home in Apache Junction.

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First light revealed this magical desert landscape from the lost goldmine trail.

_DSC1085_6_7_2015_01_01-Superstitions-am-2-snowThe famous “Elvis Church” from Apacheland with the snow-covered Superstition Mountains in the background.  Hundreds of great western movies where filmed at Apacheland.  This church was also used in many movies.

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Finally a view of the magnificent Four Peaks in a snow storm.  This is a rare desert snow storm.  The snow coverage is all about elevation.  The lower desert in the foreground had not received any snow. Saving the best for last!

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Yellowstone River

August 19, 2014

Yellowstone National Park

We enjoyed the many views of the Yellowstone River.  This is before the river takes the jaw dropping  tumble over Upper and Lower Falls.

_DSC9183_4_5_2014-08-19-Yellowstone-RvrA view from near the famous fishing bridge on a perfect afternoon.

_DSC9213_4_5_2014-08-19-Yellowstone-Fishing-Brdg-crpThe long wooden fishing bridge over the Yellowstone River is always a popular fishing spot in the park.

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Clark Fork Canyon

August 13, 2914

Clark, WY

We followed the Morrison trail in the Shoshone National Forest into Clark Fork Canyon.  Here is a shot of the fast moving Clark Fork Branch of the Yellowstone River.  This is a very popular fishing area.  The road is quite rocky and bumpy.  The full 22 mile route would have been a very long day.

_DSC8944_5_6_2014-08-13-Clark-Fork-Canyon-Rvnear Bald Peak in Clark Fork Canyon

_DSC9007_8_9_2014-08-13-Clark-Fork-Canyon-RvrHave driven by Heart Mountain many times and this is the first time we stopped to take a shot in the early morning light.  This is cattle grazing land.  Wyoming has many diverse landscapes.  The other side of the mountain is the site of a WWII Japanese interment camp.  A sad chapter in American history.

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