Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Now

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the Audience Choice Award for last week’s entry of John Ford‘s Point in Monument Valley!  It’s a great honor!!

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Now!

Yesterday while at work, I noticed some turkeys running around.  The males were strutting their stuff to gain dominance in the harem, while at the same time trying to gain interest of the females.  It’s actually quite entertaining!


After a while, they settled down to eat whatever they could scrounge out of the lawn.  Oh, by the way, that is a four-point buck mule deer munching away at the grass as well.  I call this one “Walking on the Wild Side.”


This is from earlier this afternoon while walking home from work, I caught a waterfall at Employee Falls


Tonight, when I went outside to go to dinner, I looked up and realized I NEED my camera with me! This was the view from my front door tonight!

CRW_0016zThis is Mountain of the Sun, which is behind the building where I live.

CRW_0013zThis is Lady Mountain, with Mount Zion in front (the little peak to the right).

I walked further down, and captured this:

CRW_0018zThis is Lady Mountain on the left, Castle Dome in the middle and Cathedral Mountain on the right.

I finally made it to dinner (barely), but when I saw this, there was no way I was passing this up!

CRW_0019zThis is Zion Lodge, in beautiful Zion National Park (my home).  This is where i live and work.  Jealous??!?







Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest – People in Nature


I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: People in Nature!

I normally don’t take photos of people in Nature, since I like to sell my photography at my website, (for privacy reasons, and model releases are not easy to get sometimes) but sometimes I find an awesome view, and people just make it that much better.  I could only find a couple of photos with people in them, like the one I posted last week, which by the way, THANKS for the Honorable Mention as well!

Here is my other entry into this field of People in Nature:

_RW_2761This is John Ford‘s Point in Monument Valley, Utah.  On this day, there happen to be a Navajo on horseback, which made it more spectacular.  This was the place that the ending of the movie Code Talkers was filmed.


Here are a couple of tourists I found at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.



Wow, isn’t that amazing?? This is what I call sitting on the edge!


IMG_0490Talk about enjoying the view!  And what a view it is!!!


Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest- Scary!!!

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Scary!


Let’s say you were hiking through the desert and you heard a noise beside you, something between a rattle and a noise maker from a new year’s party.  You look down, and your worst fear is realized.  You are face to face to a Diamond Back Rattlesnake!


What’s that you say?  What do you do?  DON’T PANIC! They are more afraid of you than you are of them.  If they feel threatened, they will strike.  Don’t run, but get out of there as quickly as possible.


These guys also instill panic to divers and other such sea faring folk:


Yes, this is the Lion Fish!  One of the worst fish to tangle with.  It carries a sting worse than an electric eel and is poisonous!  Just like another sea creature that flows with the current: The dreaded jellyfish.


Yes, this guy can do lots of damage so avoid them as well.


Sometimes, fear can be instilled with something less insidious as what’s been shown up to now.  Have you ever seen an insect that is large, scaly, has large antennae and scary looking?  I’m sure you have, but have you ever seen one of these?

_MG_0201This little guy was on the back of a chair at work.  No one had ever seen anything like it and to date, it’s yet to be identified.  Here’s the side view.

_MG_0204It is a nasty looking bug.  Anyone know what it is?  If you do, please let me know, I’m very interested.

A friend of mine had an iguana and I was lucky enough to capture it on film.

shelly17I love the lighting here, makes it look like something out of a horror flick.

Sometimes I get vertigo standing on the edge of a cliff, thankfully not very often, usually when I have zoomed in to what ever is below.  However, I have a friend that loves to sit on the edge of the cliff.

_RW_1743It’s beautiful here, in my beloved Zion National Park.  This was taken from Cable Mountain, which is about 2,200 feet above the valley floor.  This is what my friend was looking at.



If you look closely, you’ll see the famous Zion Park Shuttle stopped at the Weeping Rock Shuttle Stop.

Around 1900 to 1930, lumber from Ponderosa Pine was lowered on a cable to the valley floor below for building material, since cottonwood is not very good for building.  This was before the tunnel in Zion was completed in 1930, and it was a 100 mile trek on horse and buggy around through Arizona to get from East Zion to West Zion.







Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest – New Beginnings

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s Challenge is: New Beginnings!


After looking at sunrises which signify the beginning of a new day, such as here at Monument ValleyRW_0439

or this beautiful day in the Gulf of Mexico:



Then there was this day in Galveston, Texas, which was the ending of such an awesome vacation.



Then I realized that there’s more to New Beginnings than just a new day.  It means new life from old, such as this pine tree growing from an old stump.



Of course, it also means growing seeds for the coming harvest, like this pine tree growing new pine cones.



But then, I realized that these are all trivial, when it comes to us starting a new way of life.  I had some friends get married this past fall (you know who your are! Congratulations again!).  This is the best and greatest New Beginning, and having a child is the close second.

They are now expecting their first child, and I wish them the best!  I would like to show you the wedding rings after their beautiful wedding ceremony on the front lawn of Zion Lodge in Zion National Park.


Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from the Wandering Photographer!  May you have a prosperous year and may all your goals and resolutions come to fruition, and may you have peace in your life and with those around you.

As we reflect on the past year, let us remember the good times and learn from the bad times. Let’s also observe a moment for those who are no longer amongst us, remember them always and the times we shared; and learn from the mistakes we and others have made and errors of the past so we don’t repeat them in the future.  Spend time with family and friends, for a person who has family and friends is rich indeed, and time is our most precious resource.