Macro on a Superscale

With macro photography, the general idea is to make something small look big. Sometimes, though, Mother Nature likes to throw us a curve ball.

Ponderosa Pine trees are massive, ranging from 40-60 feet tall. However, height is relative. Here in Zion National Park, the walls tower over 2000 feet over the valley floor, and some places are even higher.

To give you an idea, take a look at this photograph from the West Rim Trail, one of my absolute favorite trails in Zion. The wall is so high, you can’t even see the top.



Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Mountains

“I want to see mountains again, Gandalf! Mountains!” – Bilbo Baggins
I’m participating in the online adventure travel and outdoor photography magazine Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Mountains!

I love the mountains! There’s just something special about mountains, either looking up at them, or down from them. They are majestic, timeless and breathtaking. Sometimes it helps to get away from it all in the mountains just to contemplate existence and life in general.

Here is a tribute to John Muir and his favorite place: Yosemite Valley, specifically Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.



Of course, a bit closer to home (but not quite) is the famous Horseshoe Bend. This is looking off the mountain at the Colorado River, just south of Glen Canyon Dam.


Here is a very famous vista of Zion National Park, the Watchman Mountain.


The only way to really appreciate the size and majesty of mountains is to get up close and personal. Here is a view of a mountain from the West Rim Trail in Zion. The ponderosa pine tree is about 60-80 feet tall. The cliff face is about 2000-3000 feet straight up. This gives a nice scale to Zion.


Here are a couple of mountains from the West Rim Trail:



This is the view from Deer Trap Mountain, one of the less popular trails in Zion. This is looking at Lady Mountain and into Heaps Canyon where the Emerald Pools are located.


Here are the Eagle Crags, just outside of Zion, one of my favorite cliffs.


Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest- Scary!!!

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Scary!


Let’s say you were hiking through the desert and you heard a noise beside you, something between a rattle and a noise maker from a new year’s party.  You look down, and your worst fear is realized.  You are face to face to a Diamond Back Rattlesnake!


What’s that you say?  What do you do?  DON’T PANIC! They are more afraid of you than you are of them.  If they feel threatened, they will strike.  Don’t run, but get out of there as quickly as possible.


These guys also instill panic to divers and other such sea faring folk:


Yes, this is the Lion Fish!  One of the worst fish to tangle with.  It carries a sting worse than an electric eel and is poisonous!  Just like another sea creature that flows with the current: The dreaded jellyfish.


Yes, this guy can do lots of damage so avoid them as well.


Sometimes, fear can be instilled with something less insidious as what’s been shown up to now.  Have you ever seen an insect that is large, scaly, has large antennae and scary looking?  I’m sure you have, but have you ever seen one of these?

_MG_0201This little guy was on the back of a chair at work.  No one had ever seen anything like it and to date, it’s yet to be identified.  Here’s the side view.

_MG_0204It is a nasty looking bug.  Anyone know what it is?  If you do, please let me know, I’m very interested.

A friend of mine had an iguana and I was lucky enough to capture it on film.

shelly17I love the lighting here, makes it look like something out of a horror flick.

Sometimes I get vertigo standing on the edge of a cliff, thankfully not very often, usually when I have zoomed in to what ever is below.  However, I have a friend that loves to sit on the edge of the cliff.

_RW_1743It’s beautiful here, in my beloved Zion National Park.  This was taken from Cable Mountain, which is about 2,200 feet above the valley floor.  This is what my friend was looking at.



If you look closely, you’ll see the famous Zion Park Shuttle stopped at the Weeping Rock Shuttle Stop.

Around 1900 to 1930, lumber from Ponderosa Pine was lowered on a cable to the valley floor below for building material, since cottonwood is not very good for building.  This was before the tunnel in Zion was completed in 1930, and it was a 100 mile trek on horse and buggy around through Arizona to get from East Zion to West Zion.