Gallery Updates

On the advice from a fellow blogger, I organized my galleries to be subject specific.  There is a new gallery for Bryce Canyon National Park (I realize I need to post more photos of this beautiful place), Grand Canyon National Park, and of course, my beloved Zion National Park.  I also posted galleries for flowers and birds, with a gallery for Ancient Art, Arizona, and Other Animals in the works.

Enjoy the images! Remember, they are all available for purchase.  Contact me for details.

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Art Show

I have entered an art show at the Canyon Community Center, located at 126 Lion Blvd in Springdale, Utah. This show is running through October 3rd, so if you’re in the area please stop by.

It is also an art contest and there were many amazing entries. The arts are very appreciated and supported very well here, and there are many talented artists as well.

I have entered two pieces in this show and they are featured in my blog. (See Geranium Richardsonii and the image on my front page.)

These are my friends who graciously attended the show and took photos for me (although they missed the reception-sorry).

By the way, these images are for sale, and info is on the pillar inside the show. For those not able to attend, they are $650 plus shipping.

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Photo of the Week: Geranium Robertsonii (with a little help)

I recently was able to get up on the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park.  It was a balmy 73 degrees, breezy and overcast.  Absolutely gorgeous!!  In the lower elevations, it’s already mid summer with temperatures seeing past 100 degrees almost daily.  However up on the mountain, where it’s over 9,000 feet above sea level, it’s still Spring!!  I found this beautiful flower that I had never seen before, so I started taking photos of it.  While I was doing that, a bee decided to stop by and pollinate the flower I was photographing.  Talk about a one in a million flowers, right?  I only found out today that the flower is a Robertson’s Geranium (Geranium Robertsonii)  (with a little help from a bee.)  Enjoy!IMG_0684

Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Flowers

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

I love flowers!  When wandering through the desert and mountains, I often look to see if there are any flowers because they’re just so beautiful!  Sometimes, it’s all I’ll photograph if I’ve been through the area frequently.

Here is my favorite flower photograph!  I was taking pictures of these desert flowers when a bee landed on the flower!  Great shot, but I ran afterwards!  (Bees and I don’t get along too well.)

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A rose by any other name, is still a rose.

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Sometimes it’s simply amazing to see a flower grow among the harsh rocks where it’s hard to grow anything.

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This one I found wandering in the desert around Cedar Pocket, inside the Virgin River Gorge.

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Of course, living on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, there is an amazing variety of plants and flowers that grow here, from the amazing Prickly Pear Cactus and its gorgeous flowers that turn into a delightful fruit that is delicious and tart.

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In the higher plateaus, you will find alpine flowers mixed with desert flowers, such as this blue flower, I’m not sure if it’s a violet or not.

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Then there is the world famous Sego Lily, Utah’s State Flower.  It’s very simple, yet delightful.

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What’s even more amazing, is that here in the Mojave Desert, or is it the Colorado Plateau, or the Great Basin??  Well, guess what- it’s all three!  All these different geographic features meet right here in Zion National Park!  Cool, right?!  Anyway, right here in this area, we have the Narrows, and there you will find all kinds of aquatic plants.  My favorite is the Golden Columbine, which loves the hanging gardens, along with Monkey Flowers and Shooting Stars.  Here is the Columbine, with Shooting Stars in the background.

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Enjoy these flowers and please feel free to comment and visit the other contestants as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Ebay Store

Announcing the opening of the first of many items being listed on Ebay for auction.  Since it is early summer, I thought it best to start with a symbol of spring: bees pollinating flowers.  I enjoy this photograph.  I took this at the Grand Canyon when I was working there.  This is a print of a 5×7 framed and signed.  When I took this photograph, I wasn’t aware of the bee in the shot.  I tried to get more of this bee, but as I like bees but they don’t like me, I ran as soon as it came towards me.  Here is a link to the item in