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.
Today’s Photo From The Archive comes from the Grand Canyon. I took this in 2005. You may be wondering how on Earth I took a photo of the Grand Canyon, looking straight down at the Colorado River with the South Rim Village off in the distance. Well, I wasn’t on Earth when I took this photo. I was sitting in the back seat of a helicopter on one of the arial tours of the Canyon. For someone who has a hard time with heights, it was actually a pleasant journey, and something I’ll never forget.
This is an image from the Photo From The Archives series. I took this in the early winter of 2004 when I was working at the Grand Canyon South Rim. If memory serves, this was taken at Yaki Point during a snow storm that was slamming the North Rim.
Now that everything is closing around us, and everyone is encouraged to stay indoors, I thought it would be a good idea to go through my archives and showcase images that I’ve never shown or haven’t shown in ages.
This is a wonderful image taken back in October 2007 of two old, dilapidated fishing cabins near the shore of Kolob Reservoir just outside of Zion National Park, Utah. At one time I had edited this image to have a metallic embossed feel to it; however I still like the original image better. This is also my submission to a photo challenge from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.
Zion Lodge officially closed today until May 21 for COVID-19 concerns. The next eight weeks are going to prove interesting, not only here but pretty much everywhere.
For now, Zion remains open with many NPS services curtailed or closed; however, it’s advisable to practice social distancing and proper hygiene and self isolation for infection concerns. I see too many automobiles from out of state, such as Washington, and California, the two most common besides local plates, so it’s only a matter of time before the virus gets here. It would be nice if people would treat this crisis more seriously instead of going on extended spring break vacations.
That being said, I can understand people wanting to get into the Great Outdoors instead of being cooped up in their homes all day. If you’re going to do outdoor activities, please be responsible and do it in small groups under five and avoid crowded trails.
I may be stoking the desire to get to the national parks for awhile, but please do so if it’s in your own back yard if possible. There are many open spaces that can be enjoyed in quick trips instead of driving across states to visit us here. If your state or city advises you to stay home, please do so.
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.