More beauty today

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.

A Bit of Beauty

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.

Enjoy!

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Zion Waterfalls

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!

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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.

Kelly

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Triumph

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.

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Cloudburst!!

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!

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Do you see it?  No?  Well, take a look at this one:

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See it yet?  Of course you do!  Try this one?

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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:

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I came around the corner and saw this coming towards me.  Here’s a closeup:

CRW_0908Not a pretty sight, especially if you have to go through it!  Technically, you’re not supposed to drive through a flash flood, but . . .

CRW_0912I 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:

CRW_0911All this water was coming down to the road.  Crazy, huh?!

I also had to see Employee Falls flowing!  When it really comes down, watch out!

CRW_0924This is right behind the area where I live.  It’s been a little over a year since I’ve seen a waterfall come down this canyon.  When it does, it’s quite impressive!  Here’s a closeup of the waterfall:

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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!

Kelly

Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Green

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

 

There is an old saying: Water is Life!  No where is that more applicable than in the desert.  A person can go without water only 72 hours, maybe less in the desert.  Especially when it’s hot and dry.  However, here in this canyon where I live, there is a Riparian Woodland Climate, there are also hanging gardens, swamps, and of course, desert.

Here in the desert, you will find Prickly Pear Cactus, which is a very hardy plant that you can eat and is very high in water.  In a survival situation, you can cut these up and use the center for a water source.

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Of course, if you want to get a good source of water, the best thing to do is find a spring like this one.

_RW_2723This is The Grotto in Zion National Park.  It’s also an excellent source for water.  You would still need a water purification system, because all water sources in North America are considered contaminated with bacteria and viruses.

Another great source for water is water falls, as seen here.

CRW_0031This is the world famous Menu Falls, in Zion National Park.  It’s called Menu Falls because it was featured on the menu at Zion Lodge during the 1950’s.  It’s also a great place for weddings (there is a wooden platform here so you can look at the waterfall).  A friend of mine was married here a few years ago (you know who you are!).

Moving into Pine Creek Canyon, there are wonderful spots to just simply relax, of course getting there you have to climb over boulders and walk in the water, which in some places are absolutely breathtaking and relaxing.

_RW_1452I could sit here for hours just listening to the water fall and watch the pollywogs in the water, (the little black dots on the right).

Along the way, you will find ferns and other water loving plants.  Water just seeps out of the sandstone and creates wonderful micro climates.

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Of course, it’s amazing where you can find ponds and streams, this pond is located at 11,000 feet at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

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Eventually, though, water does come from the sky in form of rain and snow.  Since the theme for this contest is Green, I’ll stick to rain.  This is from the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park looking south, one of my all time favorite hikes.  I was always told you don’t see Zion until you see it from the top.

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Of course, I do like to go camping in places other than Zion.  This is at Oak Grove Campground just above Silver Reef, Utah.

_RW_1579You can see the oak leaves on the left surrounded by Ponderosa Pine trees.  This was a wonderful sight to wake up to.

 

Of course water comes in all shapes and sizes and colors.  This was at a water sculpture in the Aria in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Without water, there can be no life, and therefore, no green at all.  Hope you enjoyed this post and even learned a little about the importance of water.

Kelly