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!

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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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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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.

_RW_0932This is a juniper tree, these live for hundreds of years, no telling how old this one is.

 

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!