Zion… In the Moonlight

During the day, Zion Canyon is absolutely gorgeous!  However that changes during a full moon.  The moonlight makes the canyon glow and the walls take on an ethereal feel.

For the past couple of nights, I’ve been taking photos of Zion Canyon in the moon light testing some settings and playing around with manual mode.  I’ve had several great shots, but they are all of Lady Mountain and the Big Dipper using different settings.  This image is one of my favorites.  By the way, on the very right edge is the North Star.

Enjoy…

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Monsoon Storm in Zion

There was a monsoon storm pop up this evening in Zion National Park.  It was one of the most spectacular storms I’ve seen in quite a while.  The rain came down in buckets.  Lightning everywhere!  I watched lightning hit Mount Majestic three times in about five minutes!  I wish I could have gotten them on film!  One of the times lightning hit Mount Majestic and Castle Dome almost simultaneously!

Anyway, I decided it was necessary to get out the camera and start shooting.  Glad I did!  I caught these of Employee Falls, which is right outside my back door!

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Smoked

The Brianhead fire is the largest blaze in the United States. It has consumed more than 60,000 acres, and is now 60% contained.   The town of Brianhead is now reopened. However the fire is moving north into Bear Valley. It’s sad to see this mountain torched like this. 

The mountain was covered with dead trees from the dreaded bark beetle.   I know that fire cleanses and renews the ground for new growth, but it will take at least 70 years to get conifers back on this mountain. 

Looking east into Bear Valley. The peak on the right is Little Creek. On the left is Sandy Peak. 


Looking west. The peak on the right is Litte Creek. 

It’s sad to see this destruction and know what impacts it’s going to have. What really hurts is this is the time of year the mule deer have their young, so there are likely thousands of animals that have been killed in this fire. 

Fun at 50! (mm that is)

First, let me apologize for my absence.  Work seems to be getting in the way of my photography lately, and I need to get out more.

This past weekend I said enough is enough, and I’m going shooting!  I grabbed my camera and decided to use my 50mm prime lens (which I haven’t used for some time), hopped on the shuttle and went up to the Temple of Sinawava.  It was close to sunset, so light was fading fast and I needed to hurry. IMG_8905 copyEast Mesa

I went to look into the Virgin River to capture a rapid or two.

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Right after sunset, I captured the dramatic sense of how deep Zion Canyon really is.

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Heading back to the shuttle, I happen to see a bumble bee buzzing around, so I tried my hand at freestyle macro.  By the way, I’ve never seen a bumble bee look like this, anyone else?IMG_8956 copy

After arriving back at the Lodge, I took this of the Mountain of the Sun.  IMG_8973 copy

Enjoy,

Kelly

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Snow

The snow storm finally got here this evening, but earlier today, it was in the cliffs above the Lodge here at Zion National Park.  Looking south at the Mountain of the Sun (if you can see it behind the clouds).  Yes, that is a cottonwood tree on the right, probably the biggest one you’ll ever see.  Over 80 years old and at least 150 feet high.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

Foggy Morning

Yesterday on my way to breakfast, I happened to look at the Great White Throne and saw that it was shrouded in clouds.  I grabbed my cell phone (only camera on me) and took this image.  On further inspection, it looks like there is a rainbow in the clouds, with areas of distinct red, orange, green and blue, or do mine eyes fail me?

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