PFTA White Pocket

White pocket is on the Arizona Strip near Page and Lake Powell. I went here a couple of years ago and got lost, got found and almost stuck in the sand in the middle of nowhere. Otherwise it was a fun trip. The formations here are absolutely stunning. I will be posting other images from this area soon.

This image is available here.

Enjoy!

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

Zion’s First Snow of the Season.

It snowed in Zion for the first time this season. It’s the first measurable moisture we have had since late March. It was glorious to behold. I took this on my way to work.

Also, I just received an alert from WordPress that 10 years ago today I signed up for this blog and page. Wow! What a ride! Thanks for the support over the years, and here’s to many more years of this blog.

Enjoy

PFTA: Watcher in the Brush

On a beautiful fall day in 2014, it seemed like a good idea (at the time) to go into the mountains to chase elk.  It was a beautiful day, and the weather was perfect for such an activity.  Up on the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park, it was easy to go off into the wilderness to go look for elk.  Something to remember, this is the fall, and during the fall is rutting season for the elk.   Coming into a clearing with beautiful vistas of lower Zion and the plateaus in Arizona off in the distance, I decided to stand on this boulder to look over the scrub oak and photograph this view.

IMG_2076_1.jpgIf you look closer, there is a watcher in the brush.  He was looking at me very intently and I was starting to get a bit nervous, because he’s only about 30 feet away and the only thing between us is the brush.  I spoke to him and told him I was only taking his photograph, and he settled down.  I got a little higher up on the boulder and realized he had a lady friend there on the ground and I was interrupting him.  Oops…

FOTD: A Step Back in Time

Now that everything is closing around us, and everyone is encouraged to stay indoors, I thought it would be a good idea to go through my archives and showcase images that I’ve never shown or haven’t shown in ages.

This is a wonderful image taken back in October 2007 of two old, dilapidated fishing cabins near the shore of Kolob Reservoir just outside of Zion National Park, Utah.  At one time I had edited this image to have a metallic embossed feel to it; however I still like the original image better.  This is also my submission to a photo challenge from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

Sunday Sunrise

Sunrise in Zion National Park this morning was absolutely gorgeous! It snowed overnight, and cleared out sometime early this morning.

Enjoy,

Kelly

Kolob Arch Adventure

Last weekend I went to Kolob Arch with some good friends in an overnight backpacking trip.  It was a grueling 18 mile hike from start to finish, but well worth it!  Not only was the view great, but the quality time with friends was amazing.

Anyway, the trip through Hop Valley was awesome!  The landscape is absolutely breathtaking!

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It starts out pretty cool, but the further one gets into Hop Valley, its like, WOW!

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Off in the distance, you can see the pine trees at the end of the valley, well, the trail climbs that hill and looks down on La Verkin Creek Valley. (Seen below.)

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Coming down that hill into La Verkin Creek is a killer, but at dusk?  Oh man!

Early next morning, we took a jaunt over to Kolob Arch and was able to enjoy it at sunrise before leaving on the Lee Pass Trail.

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After this view, it was a long grueling climb up to the Lee Pass Trailhead that ended in exhaustion and exhilaration, happy to have done this hike that I’ve always wanted to do, but who knows if it’ll happen again.  We’ll see.

Enjoy,

Kelly

Our (Somewhat) Secret Spot

My good friend and fellow blogger and photographer dawn2dawn went to the Arizona Strip, home of many amazing places, some known and some not so known.

We met (invaded their camp, actually) a wonderful family while out looking for some cool clay formations similar to the Painted Desert.  We invited them to come along (least we could do) and explore the area.

Here’s a taste of what we found.

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IMG_7266 copyClay cliffs with the Vermillion Cliffs in the background

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And, of course you can’t have a desert scene without the obligitory cow skull.

Of course, this was only at the end of the trip.  The beginning is yet to come…

Enjoy,

Kelly