When Seasons Collide

The weather has been a rollercoaster the past few weeks. Moving from summer to first fall, then first winter and then to second fall . Yes, if you don’t like the weather, wait a few hours…

The past few days have been cold and raining, with snow in the higher elevations. All of this culminated in the photos I took yesterday with my phone as I was going to lunch. Enjoy!

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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.

Enjoy

Shutdown Day One

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.

Enjoy and be safe, Kelly

Let It Snow

It’s been snowing here in Zion National Park for a bit over an hour now. Somewhere behind these trees is Lady Mountain, but no mountain is visible at the moment, even though they’re pretty close. Here at Zion Lodge, the snow is sticking to the road making it an ice rink.

Enjoy!

Zion at Night

On Monday, August 21, I went to Lee Valley on the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park to photograph the Milky Way.  Well, Mother Nature had other ideas, and it was overcast and looked like a storm was rolling in.  I figured I could get some lightening shots instead.  Well, that didn’t happen either.  What I was able to photograph was some really cool clouds against the distant cliffs of Zion National Park.

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I was also able to (barely) capture sunset on West Temple because it was so cloudy.

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I also decided to modify one to Black & White.  I think it’s pretty cool, what do you think?

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Here are the images of the night sky with clouds in the foreground.

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Enjoy,

Kelly