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…

Zion at Night

On Monday, August 21, I went to Lee Valley on the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park to photograph the Milky Way.  Well, Mother Nature had other ideas, and it was overcast and looked like a storm was rolling in.  I figured I could get some lightening shots instead.  Well, that didn’t happen either.  What I was able to photograph was some really cool clouds against the distant cliffs of Zion National Park.

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I was also able to (barely) capture sunset on West Temple because it was so cloudy.

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I also decided to modify one to Black & White.  I think it’s pretty cool, what do you think?

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Here are the images of the night sky with clouds in the foreground.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

 

Kolob Colors Revisited

I promised more images from my Kolob Terrace trip.  Sorry it took so long getting these out there.  img_8348-copy

I love the juxtaposition of the light yellows and greens against the dark green.

img_8336-copyPerfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the sound of the ripples on the shore.

img_8419-copyBeautiful day for a flight (if you’re a Mallard duck).

Enjoy!

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