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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Announcing the Opening of My Storefronts

Today I opened my Red Bubble Store and Zazzle Store.  Currently there are only two images available in my Red Bubble Store, and several images available in my Zazzle Store, and I will be adding more very soon.  There are many products available for these two images, and these options will be available for the coming images as well.  There are prints available of these images that are framed, posters, unframed, wall art, canvas, and metallic prints.  The sizes currently are 8×10 and 12×16 with more sizes coming soon.  Also available are iPhone and Samsung cases, iPad cases, totes, pillows, mugs, and greeting cards, mousepads, key chains, and speakers available.  More products will be coming soon.  Visit the Prints and Accessories page for more information and to visit my store front.

The first image is of Zion Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah.  It is one of the most popular hikes in Zion.  It was carved from solid rock by the very unassuming Virgin River and its tributaries.  The image was taken at the confluence of the Virgin River and Orderville Canyon.

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The second image is The Great White Throne in winter.  This mountain is one of the most photographed in Zion.  Most photos you’ll see of it is in the summer or spring.  However, it’s unusual to see it covered in snow and clouds.
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Paria Ghost Town

Last week I went to the Paria ghost town with a couple of friends (you know who you are). We found a building still standing for the most part, at least has four walls and part of a roof.

Paria was settled between 1848 and 1867, when it was flooded out and abandoned. The town was on the shores of the Paria River, but no longer exists because the river widened and washed everything into the Colorado River.

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High on the hillside are the remains a couple of buildings, one pictured below only has a couple of partial walls remaining.

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Here is the full house.

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My Place Called Home

I’ve recently joined a challenge to post a photo a day. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do anyway, but just needs a bit of a push. Today’s topic is Home.

Well, I have an amazing home! It’s a bit public, and is visited by 2.7 million people each year. It’s Zion National Park, in Southwest Utah.

Here’s a view of my home and workplace.

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Let it Snow!! Let it Snow!!!

Yesterday, we had a snow storm move in.  The forecast called for 2 – 4 inches of snow.  Well, let’s just say the weatherman has NO idea what he’s talking about!!  This is what it looked like yesterday when I went to work:

CRW_1622I love the way that the black and white looks with the snow here.

At 5:00pm yesterday, the snow was measured at 11 1/2″ of snow.  It finally stopped snowing around 8:00pm last night, with another 5-7″ accumulation.

This is this what it looked like this morning when I went up for breakfast:

CRW_1632These are our historic cabins here at Zion Lodge with Mountain of the Sun in the background.  Oh yes, we even have an invasion of snowmen, only one so far has shown up, but I suspect there will be more arriving later today.

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And here is the historic Zion Lodge, in all its splendor and beauty with snow.

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What’s really crazy, is that this is the most snow this area has seen for many years.  Washington County basically came to a standstill because of this storm.  The city of St. George, Utah, has only one snow plow, and it’s at the airport, which is also closed because it couldn’t keep up.  All the other towns and cities here have also closed down because they don’t  have any plows either, with all church services being cancelled due to snow, which is also a first.

The Arizona Strip, with Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge is closed until further notice because three semis collided and jackknifed over night.  All the cars are being escorted out one by one out of the gorge by the Arizona Highway Patrol because of the accidents there. Snow is beautiful if you don’t have to drive in it.  Stay off the roads if you don’t have to drive today.

Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge: Black & White

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

 

First of all, a BIG Thank You! for the Honorable Mention for the last contest UP with the balloons.

 

I love Black and White, it has so much to offer for emotional connections.  I love the simplicity of the medium.  Here is one of my most favorite black & white photos I’ve taken.

_RW_2537This is the Temple of Sinawava, in Zion National Park, during the winter.

I took a series of black & white photographs on this same day.  Here is another favorite from this series, which I call “The Crossing”.

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I love the mystery of this image.  It draws me in to the frame, asking, “What’s on the other side?” or “Where are we going?”  or “What’s in the future?”  So many philosophical thought processes can be associated with this image.  This was taken in The Court of the Patriarchs in Zion National Park.

Here is the Great White Throne.

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This is the Mountain of the Sun with the Twins.

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This is a tree I found in the Arizona Desert, near Mount Trumble.

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You can have a lot of fun with black & white.  Have you ever looked for shapes in nature where you normally wouldn’t see them?  Check out these two images.  What do you see?

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I also love the contrast in black & white images, such as this rock in the stream bed.  The rocks are saturated with salt from the Salt Cedar, or Tamarisk tree, which is an invasive species in Southern Utah.

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Finally, I love the simple details in old machinery that can be achieved with black & white.  I found this movie camera outside a Hollywood Museum in Jerome, Arizona.

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Hope you enjoyed the images!