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.
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.
In the Fall of 2016, I went to Kolob Reservoir which is just outside of Zion National Park to look at the fall colors. The lake is surrounded by Quaking Aspen and pine trees. This was taken from the dam.
It is my wish that everyone can take a few minutes or more every day during this time of stress and uncertainty, and reflect on the blessings, the positive things and have hope for a quick return of some normalcy in life.
If we really think about it, do we want more of the same rat race we had before the shutdown? Or do we want to remember the things we’ve learned during this quarantine to become better people, better family and neighbors, and cherish that human contact we are all craving in this time of separation?
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.
If 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…
Going through my archives tonight, I asked myself-where was I in late March, and early April a decade ago? In doing so, it hit me like a ton of bricks that it has been 10 years since I was a tour guide for a company in Las Vegas, NV. This trip to Yosemite National Park was actually my very first solo tour with this company (it will remain nameless), and my first time visiting Yosemite National Park. It was a five day whirlwind tour of Grand Canyon South Rim, Monument Valley, Zion, Bryce, Death Valley, Yosemite and ending in San Francisco. It was still early spring, so the only way into Yosemite was the north entrance. It was a beautiful drive. During this tour of Yosemite, I was able to do some photography and took this image of Half Dome.
Back in 2005 when i was working at the Grand Canyon South Rim, I would walk to and from work when the weather was good. Sometimes I would run into some wildlife. While walking home one afternoon, I came across an Abert Squirrel. They are distantly related to the famed Kaibab Squirrel on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. At one time they were the same species; however, being separated by the Grand Canyon for thousands of years, they have evolved into unique species. This little guy was playful and didn’t mind posing for his cameo.
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.
Zion Lodge officially closed today until May 21 for COVID-19 concerns. The next eight weeks are going to prove interesting, not only here but pretty much everywhere.
For now, Zion remains open with many NPS services curtailed or closed; however, it’s advisable to practice social distancing and proper hygiene and self isolation for infection concerns. I see too many automobiles from out of state, such as Washington, and California, the two most common besides local plates, so it’s only a matter of time before the virus gets here. It would be nice if people would treat this crisis more seriously instead of going on extended spring break vacations.
That being said, I can understand people wanting to get into the Great Outdoors instead of being cooped up in their homes all day. If you’re going to do outdoor activities, please be responsible and do it in small groups under five and avoid crowded trails.
I may be stoking the desire to get to the national parks for awhile, but please do so if it’s in your own back yard if possible. There are many open spaces that can be enjoyed in quick trips instead of driving across states to visit us here. If your state or city advises you to stay home, please do so.
Let’s look at something beautiful and happy while cooped up indoors. Luckily we’re still in operation here in Zion, but many restrictions are now in place. Cars can now drive into the canyon, but the weather scared many away today. They just missed out on waterfalls and snow capped mountains. I took these after work today.