Winter Wonderland

It’s been snowing since last night. We have well over a foot of snow, and it’s still snowing. There’s a winter storm warning until 9:00am tomorrow. The road past the Lodge is closed and the East side of Zion NP is closed, as are the Kolob Terrace and Kolob Canyons.

I took these on my way to lunch today. Enjoy!

Winter Wonderland

It snowed here most of the night. I woke up to a magical winter wonderland. The first snowstorm of 2019.

Lady Mountain

The Watchman

Mountain of the Sun

Zion Lodge

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

Fun at 50! (mm that is)

First, let me apologize for my absence.  Work seems to be getting in the way of my photography lately, and I need to get out more.

This past weekend I said enough is enough, and I’m going shooting!  I grabbed my camera and decided to use my 50mm prime lens (which I haven’t used for some time), hopped on the shuttle and went up to the Temple of Sinawava.  It was close to sunset, so light was fading fast and I needed to hurry. IMG_8905 copyEast Mesa

I went to look into the Virgin River to capture a rapid or two.

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Right after sunset, I captured the dramatic sense of how deep Zion Canyon really is.

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Heading back to the shuttle, I happen to see a bumble bee buzzing around, so I tried my hand at freestyle macro.  By the way, I’ve never seen a bumble bee look like this, anyone else?IMG_8956 copy

After arriving back at the Lodge, I took this of the Mountain of the Sun.  IMG_8973 copy

Enjoy,

Kelly

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Snow

The snow storm finally got here this evening, but earlier today, it was in the cliffs above the Lodge here at Zion National Park.  Looking south at the Mountain of the Sun (if you can see it behind the clouds).  Yes, that is a cottonwood tree on the right, probably the biggest one you’ll ever see.  Over 80 years old and at least 150 feet high.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

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.

_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!