PFTA: Old Faithful Lodge

I had the unique opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park during the winter a few years ago. I won a trip for two for two nights at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. I booked the trip the previous summer for mid-January the following year. I timed the trip perfectly. The week before I got there, the high was -15F and the lows were sub-zero. When I was there, the high was 15F and the lows were about -15. The day after I left, it snowed several feet. It was an amazing trip, and I was able to walk around the Old Faithful Basin as long as I could feel my toes-then it was inside to warm up. The morning of my second day, I looked out the hotel window and watched the Old Faithful Geyser erupt, so I grabbed my camera and took this photo of the eruption. In the foreground is the Old Faithful Lodge and some snow cats.

This image is available on my ArtPal store for prints and other items.

Enjoy,

Kelly

PFTA: John Ford’s Point

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the border of Utah and Arizona. At the time, I was a tour guide and brought two wonderful couples from Germany here and was able to join them as translator. During the tour, we stopped at John Ford’s Point overlook. There was a Navajo gentleman who rode his horse out to John Ford’s Point and waved his hat for the tour groups that visited the Valley.

John Ford’s Point got its name from the movie director John Ford as a tribute to him for bringing Monument Valley to life on the Big Screen. Mr. Ford filmed several movies in Monument Valley, including John Wayne’s famous She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. The ending of The Code Talkers was also filmed on this point.

The history of this valley and area is vast and deep, and there is no way I could ever do it justice. I will just say that it is an amazing place that should be visited and hallowed as sacred ground.

Enjoy,

Kelly

PFTA: Great White Throne

First, I must profusely apologize for not posting for a while.  Life has been very busy lately and I’ve had an extremely poor internet connection for a while now.

Anyway, this image is of the Great White Throne in Zion National Park.  It’s probably one of the most photographed peaks in Zion Canyon.  I took this image a couple of years before the massive landslide that closed this area off completely.  This landslide dropped over 24,000 tons of rock debris in seconds that basically destroyed the East Rim Trail and Weeping Rock area.

This is likely one of the last images of the Great White Throne from this angle that anyone can take, at least for a decade.

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PFTA White Pocket

White pocket is on the Arizona Strip near Page and Lake Powell. I went here a couple of years ago and got lost, got found and almost stuck in the sand in the middle of nowhere. Otherwise it was a fun trip. The formations here are absolutely stunning. I will be posting other images from this area soon.

This image is available here.

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Virgin River

Last week, I hiked along the Middle Emerald Pools Trail. This trail has been closed since the trail head was washed out in a flood in 2010. It was reopened last September after years of repairs and stabilization work in the trailhead area. It was close to sunset when I captured this image of the Virgin River looking towards The Great White Throne. This is also part of the Weekend Sky challenge .

This image is available as a print on Art Pal: Virgin River

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PFTA: Valley of Fire, AKA Veridian III

Today, I decided to go back a couple of years to re-visit Valley of Fire State Park, in Nevada, or, as my friends call it, Veridian III.  It was here that the ending of Star Trek: Generations was filmed.  It’s an amazing place with a lot of history and gorgeous vistas.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

PFTA: Cedar Breaks Weekend Sky

Life has been quite busy lately with work and dealing with the covid restrictions.  I haven’t been able to get out and shoot lately, so I decided it was time to pull another photo from my archives.  This time, it’s from a trip a couple of years ago to Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southwest Utah.  Cedar Breaks sits at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level.  This photo was taken along the Alpine Pond loop trail.

I found Hammad’s photo challenge, so I decided to participate.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

PFTA: Wishing For Fall

I’m restarting my Photos From the Archives series.  It’s been a while since I’ve been out shooting because life keeps getting in the way.  The average daily temperature is around 105F and in the high 70’s to low 80’s at night.  I’m just wishing for fall and cooler weather.

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PFTA: Zabriskie Point

In my former life as a tour guide, I took a small group to Yosemite and San Francisco.  After leaving Las Vegas, the first stop we made was at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park.  It’s a nice two minute walk from the road up a small hill that has this beautiful vista.  It was a beautiful spring morning and I was enjoying my first visit to Death Valley.  I saw this view, and I was in awe at the beauty of the desert. 

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PFTA: Reflections

In the Fall of 2016, I went to Kolob Reservoir which is just outside of Zion National Park to look at the fall colors.  The lake is surrounded by Quaking Aspen and pine trees.  This was taken from the dam.

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It is my wish that everyone can take a few minutes or more every day during this time of stress and uncertainty, and reflect on the blessings, the positive things and have hope for a quick return of some normalcy in life.

If we really think about it, do we want more of the same rat race we had before the shutdown?  Or do we want to remember the things we’ve learned during this quarantine to become better people, better family and neighbors, and cherish that human contact we are all craving in this time of separation?

Enjoy