Sunrise in Arches

Moab, Utah

May 6, 2017

The light and colors are so beautiful in Arches National Park at sunrise.  I enjoyed a solitary photo shoot today.  The colors where fleeting but at the Courthouse Wash there is a 360 degree view of many sandstone monuments.

The colors started at the Tower of Babel with wispy clouds turning pink and purple.

As the light increased, I hiked up to Park Avenue.

Here is the Three Gossips monuments above a sand dune.

A panoramic look back to the Court House and Towers of Babel as the sky lightens.

Because the traffic was not too crazy, I headed up the Windows Section of the park.  Here is the North Window as the sky clouded up.

I will leave you at the South Window framed in spring flowers.  Arches is best in spring.

 

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Saturday on the water

Saguaro Lake

Tonto National Forest, Arizona

March 25, 2017

We spent a lovely morning touring Saguaro Lake on the scenic Desert Belle.  It was a perfect spring day to enjoy the water and the spring desert colors.

A view of the rocky shore of the lake adorned with yellow brittlebush.

A view of 4 Peaks with the saguaro cactus lining the shore.

Boating a big deal on the lakes of Arizona.  And a good time was had by all.

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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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