Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Superior, Arizona

February 22, 2017

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is one of my favorite photo hikes as spring arrives in the Senoran Desert.  It has over a 100 acres of gardens featuring plants from desert ecosystems around the world.

Come and take a stroll in the cactus garden.

A lovely pair of giant saguaro cactus rooted in the boulders.

an assortment of succulents, palms and cactus

The Outback Drovers yard

One of the many unusual views with golden barrel cactus

 

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Arches National Park

Moab, Utah

September 27, 2016

Arches National Park is one of the most popular national parks.  It has a rugged desert beauty.  One can discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland amazes me with its formations, refreshes me with its trails, and inspires me with its sunsets.

My first stop is always Park Avenue with it’s amazing canyon walls.

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One of the unnamed massive spires rising over Park Avenue.

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The impressive Court House Towers

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A view from the Court House Wash into Park Avenue as the evening light darkens with storm clouds.

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Waiting for the cottonwood trees to turn yellow below the Tower of Babel as the sun sinks in the west.

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One last image taken in Castle Valley of Parriott Mesa with a twisted old cottonwood tree.

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Geyser Pass

Manti-La-Sal National Forest

Moab, Utah

September 26, 2016

There is a very scenic back country off the LaSal Loop Rd in Moab, Utah.  Geyser Pass Rd winds up to Geyser Pass and then down the other side of the LaSal Mountains.  It passes through lovely groves of aspens from 8,000 to 10,000 ft elevation.  It is a joy in autumn.

The morning sun just peaking over the mountain.

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an autumn country road as the colors get brighter the higher we travel.

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Another side road leads up to Oowah Lake.  A quiet spot to relax and enjoy lunch.

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the schaefer trail

Moab, Utah

September 20, 2016

The Schaefer Trail is a wonderfully scenic ride from Moab that begins along the Colorado River to Postash Road.  It has a feeling of landing on Mars with the red rock cliffs.

This is a view from Thelma and Louise Point where the final jump scene of the movie was filmed over the Colorado River.

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The Colorado River turns in a sharp gooseneck in Canyonlands.

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The view from the top of the trail always takes my breath away.  Canyonlands National Park is a feast for the eyes with it’s incredible depth and texture layers.

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Aspen gold

Ouray, Colorado

September 18, 2016

The aspens are turning gold high in Ironton Park in the Uncompahgre National Forest.  I hiked up a hill to get this view of the Red Mountain #1 and #2.

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A view of Trico Peak taken with a telephoto lens.

_DSC0300_1_2_2016-09-18-Ironton-Park-Trico-Pk-ortnWe have enjoyed out time on the trails in Ouray and Silverton.  As usual the Alpine Loop is our favorite.

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Yankee Boy Basin

Ouray, Colorado

September 13, 2016

On a very cold and windy morning, we headed up Yankee Boy Basin.  The popularity of this trail continues to grow with jeeps, tour guides, hikers and atvs.  Rain from the night before made the cascades full.

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Near the twin falls, the view shows fresh snow near Stony Mountain and fall tones getting a good start.

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A nice hiking trail near Stony Mountain and if it wasn’t so windy, I might have gone further down the trail.

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The jeep posing at the height of the trail.  The San Juan Mountains always seem to have their own weather system.  If I keep posting jeep pics, he’ll keep driving me to these wonderful locations.  Good deal.

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