Last week, I hiked along the Middle Emerald Pools Trail. This trail has been closed since the trail head was washed out in a flood in 2010. It was reopened last September after years of repairs and stabilization work in the trailhead area. It was close to sunset when I captured this image of the Virgin River looking towards The Great White Throne. This is also part of the Weekend Sky challenge .
I do realize I’m a few days past the Great Conjunction. It’s the first chance I’ve had of examining my photos of this event, so here goes…
Here is what it looked like in Southern Utah from La Verkin Overlook. There were several people there that night enjoying the sight. It looks like I caught the moons of Jupiter, and if you look close, you might see the shape of Saturn with its rings.
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.
I’m restarting my Photos From the Archives series. It’s been a while since I’ve been out shooting because life keeps getting in the way. The average daily temperature is around 105F and in the high 70’s to low 80’s at night. I’m just wishing for fall and cooler weather.
76 years ago today, Allied forces invaded Nazi occupied France. It was known as Operation Overlord, and it was the largest invasion force ever assembled up to that time. The US forces landed at Utah Beach, Omaha Beach and Point du Hoc, which lies between the two beaches.
Last year, I was privileged to visit these beaches for the 75th anniversary. I also visited Longues-sur-Mer, which is above Juno Beach where British forces landed.
These brave men gave everything including their lives to liberate the world from fascism and tyranny.
Over 8,000 US soldiers were killed during the initial invasion, and several more thousand would join them during the coming months of fighting.
Several days before D-Day, the 101st and 82nd Airborne dropped behind enemy lines to secure bridges, roads and crossroads to keep German forces from getting to the beaches in Normandy for a counter offensive.
Looking around at what is happening in the country right now with the protests, riots and civil unrest, it is more important than ever to remember what we were fighting for a generation ago. We were fighting for freedom from oppression, fascism and tyranny not just in Europe but in Asia.
Today we face many issues that are tearing our country apart at the seams. I hope and pray that we as country can get through these difficult times with our country intact. If we can create a national and local dialogue to solve the problems we now face with civility and respect, we will get through this civil unrest to rebuild our cities and country to be stronger, more unified and better than ever. This is my wish as we celebrate D-Day, to remember what we fought for so we can keep freedom alive and strong from oppression and tyranny, for everyone.
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…
This is an image from the Photo From The Archives series. I took this in the early winter of 2004 when I was working at the Grand Canyon South Rim. If memory serves, this was taken at Yaki Point during a snow storm that was slamming the North Rim.