PFTA White Pocket

White pocket is on the Arizona Strip near Page and Lake Powell. I went here a couple of years ago and got lost, got found and almost stuck in the sand in the middle of nowhere. Otherwise it was a fun trip. The formations here are absolutely stunning. I will be posting other images from this area soon.

This image is available here.

Enjoy!

Virgin River

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 .

This image is available as a print on Art Pal: Virgin River

Enjoy!

Wandering Around New York City

After visiting the World Trade Center, we walked all over Lower Manhattan in New York City.  A couple of blocks from St. Paul’s Church is Trinity Church.  This is the one featured in a recent Hollywood blockbuster film.  Interestingly enough, the original was built in 1697 then destroyed in the Great Fire in 1776, the second church was built in 1790 and later damaged by a heavy snow storm in 1838 and later demolished to build the one standing today and dedicated in 1846.  It is still an active parish with regular services and community outreach.

A brief history of Trinity Church.

Trinity Church is currently undergoing some structural reconditioning.

Trinity is the burial place of Alexander Hamilton, his wife and her family, and many other people from the time of the Revolutionary War.

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A few blocks south of Trinity Church is the Bull of Wall Street, although it seems that it’s on Hollywood Boulevard and not Wall Street.  It’s also nearly always heavily occupied by tourists that want their photo with different parts of the bull. Go figure, right?

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Just around the corner from the Bull is the old Custom House which is now the Native American Cultural Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute.

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Across the street is Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty.  It was amazing and awesome to see Lady Liberty.  IMG_1899.jpg

Coming out of the subway in another part of the city, the first building I saw was this one, that looks like it has a helipad next to the penthouse suite.IMG_1810.jpg

Just down the street is the Empire State Building.

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Another subway ride away is Times Square.

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IMG_1838.jpgThe saxaphone player on the left was jamming out some hot jazz, so we stopped there for a while to listen.  It’s crazy how many people are in Times Square.  It reminded me of the crowds in Zion Narrows.

Looking for a place to enjoy lunch, we found Bryant Park.  It has a nice pavilion for concerts, several cafes and a great view of the City Library.

Somewhere along the way near Central Park I found one of the oldest operating Jewish Synagogue in the country.  IMG_1773

I had a great time in New York, but this was just a stop over point to Paris and Normandy.

Enjoy,

Kelly

Gunsmoke ….. Revisited…. (sort of)

I remember watching the TV show Gunsmoke while growing up.  It was on quite often, almost nightly it seemed (maybe it was the re-runs, who knows).  It was a memorable experience watching this show during my childhood.  I occasionally will watch an episode here and there.  I also enjoyed listening to the Gunsmoke radio shows as well.

Growing up in Southern Utah, I had no idea the set for this show is in Kanab, Utah (one of the sets anyway from what I’ve found online).  All these 40 odd years living here, and I found out just a few weeks ago that it’s still there!  Boy, did I want to go see the set, look around and reminisce about days gone by, and imagining what it would be like to live in the Old West.

I recently made a trip to Kanab to see the set.  I was saddened to see the condition of the set.  Most of the buildings have either collapsed or are on the verge of collapse.  It’s too bad that the set hasn’t been maintained.

I have a panorama of the site; unfortunately, it’s too big to post here.  However I took some images of the site, and chose to do them in black and white, I think it’s fitting to tribute the show.

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It seems that the only structure still standing in relatively one piece is the hangman’s noose.  Ironic, really.

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I feel it’s better to go back and watch the TV show, and remember the times it represented and the people who shaped this country and West into what it is today.  Even though the set is mostly gone, it’s good to know that these times are going to be looked back on as a turning point in history, and future generations will look back at us and see how we did.  Question is, how will we fare?  It’s up to us to choose the high road, stay on the right side of the law, and always remember to be friendly to strangers and those you know.

Kelly

Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Now

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the Audience Choice Award for last week’s entry of John Ford‘s Point in Monument Valley!  It’s a great honor!!

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

Yesterday while at work, I noticed some turkeys running around.  The males were strutting their stuff to gain dominance in the harem, while at the same time trying to gain interest of the females.  It’s actually quite entertaining!

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After a while, they settled down to eat whatever they could scrounge out of the lawn.  Oh, by the way, that is a four-point buck mule deer munching away at the grass as well.  I call this one “Walking on the Wild Side.”

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This is from earlier this afternoon while walking home from work, I caught a waterfall at Employee Falls

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Tonight, when I went outside to go to dinner, I looked up and realized I NEED my camera with me! This was the view from my front door tonight!

CRW_0016zThis is Mountain of the Sun, which is behind the building where I live.

CRW_0013zThis is Lady Mountain, with Mount Zion in front (the little peak to the right).

I walked further down, and captured this:

CRW_0018zThis is Lady Mountain on the left, Castle Dome in the middle and Cathedral Mountain on the right.

I finally made it to dinner (barely), but when I saw this, there was no way I was passing this up!

CRW_0019zThis is Zion Lodge, in beautiful Zion National Park (my home).  This is where i live and work.  Jealous??!?

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest – Exploring

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

I explore the desert of Southwest Utah quite frequently.  However, this time I decided to post an adventure I had that made me quite queasy (literally).  I went on a seven day, seven night Western Caribbean Cruise.  One of the destinations was Grand Cayman Island.  I had never been snorkeling before, so I decided what the heck.

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Notice the reef in the harbor? It means that large ships can’t dock here, just small personal water craft or ferries.  Did you know there is a shipwreck in the harbor?  Well, it wasn’t caused by the reef like you would think.  It was caused by a coal engine.  Apparently, the vibrations from the engine rattled the ship apart.  Of course the ship wasn’t designed for a coal engine, it was originally a wind powered ship.  When the ship made it to harbor, it was leaking so bad, the officials determined to just sink it where it was.

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This was the engine for the ship.  It’s a popular spot for fish to explore.

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Not just fish, but for snorkelers (like me) and scuba divers like him:

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Of course, that’s about the time claustrophobia kicked in and I had to leave the water.  It was fun while it lasted, though.  I had a blast.

 

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Macro Photography

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine Wild Weekly Photo Challenge

for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Macro Photography!

It was very difficult to pick which photo to use, so I broke it down to three:

This is a close up of Stinging Nettle that is very pretty to look at, but not to touch.
This is the endangered Las Vegas Poppy that I found in the desert just east of Las Vegas, NV.
And last but not least:
One of my favorites, a Monarch Butterfly drinking the nectar from some flowers.