Zion… In the Moonlight

During the day, Zion Canyon is absolutely gorgeous!  However that changes during a full moon.  The moonlight makes the canyon glow and the walls take on an ethereal feel.

For the past couple of nights, I’ve been taking photos of Zion Canyon in the moon light testing some settings and playing around with manual mode.  I’ve had several great shots, but they are all of Lady Mountain and the Big Dipper using different settings.  This image is one of my favorites.  By the way, on the very right edge is the North Star.

Enjoy…

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Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge – Peaceful

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Peaceful!

There is nothing more peaceful than contemplating eternity.  It really makes us feel lowly and humble when looking at the Earth and what surrounds us, and what’s above us.orion

This is the Constellation Orion and Sirius, his faithful dog.

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Here is the North Star in Zion National Park.  This is one of my favorites.  It’s simply amazing that mariners have used this Star for millennia for navigation and modern outdoorsmen use it to orient themselves to keep from getting lost.

Also, here on Earth there are places that can take your breath away and contemplate your insignificance when you get troubled by the stress of life.  For example:

_RW_2332This is from Gooseberry Mesa looking west at Pine Valley Mountain, a distance of roughly 30 miles.   I can sit here for hours just contemplating life and getting away from it all.

Birds-Eye-ViewHere is another place you can think about how small we really are.  The world famous Grand Canyon.  This was taken from a helicopter flying over the Canyon.

Then who can forget the peacefulness of a hot air balloon in flight.

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These were taken at a balloon festival at Snowmass, Colorado.  Enjoy!

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I call this one “Reflections”.  One of my absolute favorites.

Last, but surely not least:

033_30aI would love to be up in this balloon.  It’s so quiet up there and talk about solitude and peaceful!