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: Cedar Breaks Weekend Sky

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.

I found Hammad’s photo challenge, so I decided to participate.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Green

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

 

There is an old saying: Water is Life!  No where is that more applicable than in the desert.  A person can go without water only 72 hours, maybe less in the desert.  Especially when it’s hot and dry.  However, here in this canyon where I live, there is a Riparian Woodland Climate, there are also hanging gardens, swamps, and of course, desert.

Here in the desert, you will find Prickly Pear Cactus, which is a very hardy plant that you can eat and is very high in water.  In a survival situation, you can cut these up and use the center for a water source.

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Of course, if you want to get a good source of water, the best thing to do is find a spring like this one.

_RW_2723This is The Grotto in Zion National Park.  It’s also an excellent source for water.  You would still need a water purification system, because all water sources in North America are considered contaminated with bacteria and viruses.

Another great source for water is water falls, as seen here.

CRW_0031This is the world famous Menu Falls, in Zion National Park.  It’s called Menu Falls because it was featured on the menu at Zion Lodge during the 1950’s.  It’s also a great place for weddings (there is a wooden platform here so you can look at the waterfall).  A friend of mine was married here a few years ago (you know who you are!).

Moving into Pine Creek Canyon, there are wonderful spots to just simply relax, of course getting there you have to climb over boulders and walk in the water, which in some places are absolutely breathtaking and relaxing.

_RW_1452I could sit here for hours just listening to the water fall and watch the pollywogs in the water, (the little black dots on the right).

Along the way, you will find ferns and other water loving plants.  Water just seeps out of the sandstone and creates wonderful micro climates.

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Of course, it’s amazing where you can find ponds and streams, this pond is located at 11,000 feet at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

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Eventually, though, water does come from the sky in form of rain and snow.  Since the theme for this contest is Green, I’ll stick to rain.  This is from the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park looking south, one of my all time favorite hikes.  I was always told you don’t see Zion until you see it from the top.

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Of course, I do like to go camping in places other than Zion.  This is at Oak Grove Campground just above Silver Reef, Utah.

_RW_1579You can see the oak leaves on the left surrounded by Ponderosa Pine trees.  This was a wonderful sight to wake up to.

 

Of course water comes in all shapes and sizes and colors.  This was at a water sculpture in the Aria in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Without water, there can be no life, and therefore, no green at all.  Hope you enjoyed this post and even learned a little about the importance of water.

Kelly