It’s snowing in Zion National Park! First snow of the year, and first measurable precipitation since last summer.
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.
With all the gloomy news right now, we deserve a little beauty to take our minds off the doom and gloom. I just took this as I was walking home from work today. It was snowing this morning (on Friday the 13th, in the desert? Go figure..), and it’s been raining all day.
It started raining last night and it’s been raining most of the day. This is the first time it’s rained here in 154 days! This broke the previous record of 145 days with no rain, from about 40 years ago.
I went to Zion today to take care of some business, and it was raining like crazy! After I got everything done, i drove up to the Temple of Sinawava to check out the waterfalls. I saw waterfalls where I haven’t seen them for a very long time, and others that I’ve not seen before. At one point, the water was just pouring over the side of the cliffs. Enjoy!
Refrigerator Canyon (Angel’s Landing on right)
Above Weeping Rock
From Hidden Canyon I have not seen this waterfall at the Temple of Sinewava like this in a very long time.
Life is full of storm clouds, and gloom and doom. A friend of mine likes to say that stormy black clouds are “ominous and foreboding”. It’s very difficult sometimes to look for the good in all that gloom and foreboding, but no matter where you look there is always hope and beauty.
There may be pouring rain, but look for the water falls and rainbows. There may be dark skies and a stiff wind, but listen to the leaves in the trees rattle and swish. There may be black clouds, but the sun is there poking his head through to brighten even the darkest of days.
Here is my home on a stormy afternoon, rife with clouds and threats of flash floods. There is always beauty in Nature around us. Go out there and enjoy. If there are storm clouds on the horizon, anticipate the rain, relax and enjoy.
Wow! It’s been an amazing month! I’ve been posting a daily photo for the month of November. It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time now, but with work it’s been difficult. I’ll do my best to keep this up with my recent adventures hiking.
So, with no further ado, here is one of my favorite shots of the Watchman Mountain in Zion National Park. It’s a perfect storm of conditions that were present at the time.
This is what the park looked like this morning with all the rain clouds. (Although I took this one a couple of years ago). Just received word that Zion National Park (and other Utah parks) will reopen this weekend, funded of course by the State while our fearless(?) leaders work out their differences, which is hopefully soon.
This past weekend was absolutely crazy! The hardest part was saying goodbye to a friend who lost his life in a bad fall from a cliff. His memory will live on in us who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
Then on Saturday last, I was having dinner with some friends in Springdale, Utah at the Pizza Noodle. Just as we left the restaurant, it started to rain. I looked over at the cliffs of Zion, and it was raining so hard, I couldn’t see the cliffs (only a half mile away). I then got in my car to drive away, when I noticed several people gathered on the sidewalk looking to the east, and I’m thinking: “What are they looking at?” Then I saw it! I had to get some pictures of this, because I haven’t seen one in a LONG time! Well, you’re probably wondering what I’m referring to. Well, take a look!
Do you see it? No? Well, take a look at this one:
See it yet? Of course you do! Try this one?
Aren’t these amazing? It’s not very often you see a rainbow over the Watchman Mountain, in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rainbow over this mountain like this. I had to stop taking pictures because the rain started to really come down. I decided it was time to get for the canyon to see if I could find any waterfalls. Boy, did I ever! Not only was there waterfalls from the cliffs, but there were waterfalls across the road! I think they are called flash floods! Take a look:
I came around the corner and saw this coming towards me. Here’s a closeup:
I must confess, I also drove through the flash flood. There were tree limbs and debris of all sorts in the road and it was kind of scary to drive through! I only did it to get home! (I know, excuses sometimes justify stupidity.) But I had to see the waterfalls! Like this one off the Twin Brothers right above the flooded road:
I also had to see Employee Falls flowing! When it really comes down, watch out!
I hope you enjoy these images as much as i had fun taking them!
Remember, life is precious and every day is a gift, that’s why it’s called the Present!