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.
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 .
Pegasus Bridge was originally named the Caen Canal Bridge until 1944 when it was renamed Pegasus Bridge in honor of the Ox and Buck Light Infantry captured this bridge on 6 June 1944. These troops landed mere meters from their objective in Horsa Gliders. They were the first paratroopers who landed in Normandy on D-Day and captured this bridge within 10 minutes intact. This raid was made famous in the movie The Longest Day. This bridge was decommissioned in 1994 and replaced with an exact replica. The orginal now sits in the grounds of the Pegasus Bridge Museum in Ranville-Benouville, Normandy.
The troops also captured the bridge across the River Orne, with the objective of keeping these bridges in Allied hands intact, while destroying the bridge over the River Dives to keep German troops from getting reinforcements to Sword Beach, where British troops landed on D-Day, and to destroy the gun battery at Merville. These missions were accomplished with heavy casualties. There are 2,000 soldiers buried in the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery, not far from the Pegasus Bridge Museum. For more information, you can visit the Pegasus Bridge Museum website.
I do realize I’m a few days past the Great Conjunction. It’s the first chance I’ve had of examining my photos of this event, so here goes…
Here is what it looked like in Southern Utah from La Verkin Overlook. There were several people there that night enjoying the sight. It looks like I caught the moons of Jupiter, and if you look close, you might see the shape of Saturn with its rings.
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.
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.
It snowed in Zion for the first time this season. It’s the first measurable moisture we have had since late March. It was glorious to behold. I took this on my way to work.
Also, I just received an alert from WordPress that 10 years ago today I signed up for this blog and page. Wow! What a ride! Thanks for the support over the years, and here’s to many more years of this blog.
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.
Last Thursday night was the last super moon of 2020. It seemed like a good idea at the time to go out and get photos of it. In retrospect, next time I will go to higher elevations for reasons you will soon discover. I asked Siri when the moon would rise that night, and it said 21:03 (or 9:03pm). I thought that would be fantastic, so I grabbed my equipment about 8:45pm to set up everything to capture the moon. It wasn’t too much longer before it got dark. I checked my astronomy app for the position of the moon, and sure enough, it was just coming up over the horizon. I knew I had time to kill, so I decided to take a couple of star shots before the moon came up. According to my app, the bright star in the center is Antares.
After about a half hour, I realized that I was going to be there a while, because I’m looking at a 2,000 foot cliff waiting for the moon to come up over the horizon and peer into this deep canyon. Finally, I was rewarded for my wait. Three hours later, the moon started its rise over the cliffs about 12:30am, way past my bed time, but the wait was absolutely worth it!
The moon was illuminating the trees on the top of the cliffs just before it came up.
Slowly, but surely, the moon made it from behind the cliff, and it was an amazing sight to behold. Check it out!
I went to bed not long after, basking in the pleasure of seeing the last super moon of 2020 rise over the cliffs of Zion National Park. I found out later that the super moon peaked at 6:30 that morning. It was tiring but fun. Enjoy!