PFTA: Alpine Pond

There is a nice, moderate two mile trail, just north of the visitor center at Cedar Breaks National Monument that leads to an alpine pond. It’s a beautiful trail, with many interesting trees, flowers (especially in mid-summer), and of course the pond.

It is very peaceful there and one could meditate for hours in the beauty and solitude it provides. Just be aware that oxygen may be hard to acquire for some people, because Cedar Breaks is approximately 10,000 feet above sea level.

It is a special place to enjoy with friends and family.

This image is available for prints on my ArtPal store.

Enjoy,

Kelly

PFTA: Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument is a spectacular place to visit, but it is only accessable in the summer months. It sits on Cedar Mountain at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level. It’s about 30 miles east of Cedar City Utah, home of the world famous Utah Shakespeare Festival.

I have always enjoyed my visits to Cedar Breaks over the years. The views are amazing and the air is always fresh. In mid-summer there is a wild flower festival there, and it’s also designated a Dark Sky location. The views of the stars at night are out of this world. I have many photos of this amazing place and hope to share some more soon. This image is available for purchase at my ArtPal store.

Enjoy,

Kelly

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: Monument Valley Sunset

Back in my tour driving days, I used to wait at Goulding’s Trading Post, just north of Monument Valley, for my tour group to return from their guided tour of Monument Valley. I had many opportunities to enjoy the sunset there. On one such trip, I captured this image. I love how the light and shadows play on the peaks.

This image is available for purchase on my ArtPal site.

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.

Enjoy!

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

Enjoy!

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