Great Conjunction

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.

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PFTA: Cedar Breaks Weekend Sky

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.

I found Hammad’s photo challenge, so I decided to participate.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

Zion’s First Snow of the Season.

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.

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9/11 Never Forget

19 years ago today, I was living in North East Colorado. I was just getting up when I heard the news about the first tower getting struck by the airplane. The second plane struck as I was getting ready for work. The towers collapsed as I was driving to work. It was a very emotional drive that day. It was a very surreal day at work and very few calls came in that day (I worked at a call center).

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Last year I was able to visit the 9/11 memorial. It’s a somber place and dedicated to the memory of the 3,000 who perished that day.

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May we never forget those who perished and the heroes that lost their lives running up the towers when everyone else was running down. Also, lets not forget the sacrifice of the thousands of soldiers who fought in the War on Terror since this day 19 years ago.

PFTA: Reflections

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.

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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?

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PFTA: Watcher in the Brush

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.

IMG_2076_1.jpgIf 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…

PFTA: Not Social Distancing

Every once in a while I get a hankering to hike in the deserts of Southern Utah.  This image comes from one such adventure in 2014.  I was taking macro shots of this yellow desert flower when I had a couple of unexpected visitors.  I guess they didn’t mind each other’s company, and I enjoyed the moments of (not so) close interaction.  These two are not social distancing, but I’m glad I kept my distance.

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PFTA: Squirreled Away

Back in 2005 when i was working at the Grand Canyon South Rim,  I would walk to and from work when the weather was good.  Sometimes I would run into some wildlife.  While walking home one afternoon, I came across an Abert Squirrel.  They are distantly related to the famed Kaibab Squirrel on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  At one time they were the same species; however, being separated by the Grand Canyon for thousands of years, they have evolved into unique species.  This little guy was playful and didn’t mind posing for his cameo.

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Enjoy,

Kelly