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!

PFTA: Anomalous Clouds

Back in 2008, I went on a camping trip in the Joshua Tree forest in the Beaver Dam Wilderness Area, just east of Beaver Dam, Arizona.  It was a relaxing weekend and lots of exploring opportunities were enjoyed.  Just after setting up camp, I was taking photos (lots of them) of the Joshua Trees, the desert, cliffs, and of course, the sky.

This post is my entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge of camping.

When I first photographed the clouds, this first one looked kind of weird, almost like a hand had been pushed down on the sky and made the clouds.

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This second image is even stranger.  I was taking photos of the sunset and really didn’t notice the formation in the clouds until several years later while looking at this image on a large screen.  Needless to say, I was dumbfounded when I saw it.

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Crazy, huh?  Any ideas on what it could be, besides a random cloud?  Please let me know what you think.

Kelly

Starry Night

First, I need to apologize for my lack of posting lately, it seems that life has been in the way of photographing anything recently.  I’ll try to get out photgraphing more often so I can post more often.

Anyway, recently I’ve been wanting to photograph the Milky Way, and the best time to do it is during or close to a New Moon.  The most recent one was this past Sunday, so Monday night I went up on a hill near Zion National Park to capture our Galaxy in all its glory.  I got up there before sunset to get everything ready for the night’s adventure.  While I was waiting for it to get dark, I decided to get some sunset photos of the surrounding peaks.

Here is the Watchman in all its splendor:IMG_0842.jpg

Also, here is the West Temple, with neighboring Mount Kinesava:IMG_0829.jpg

Not to be out done, but here are the Eagle’s Crags: IMG_0801.jpg

I also chanced upon some wild flowers that were still in bloom:   IMG_0851.jpg

When it came time to actually photograph the Milky Way, I spent the next couple of hours photographing away, enjoying the view of the night sky, and basking in the solitude of the mountain.  When I got home and processed the images, I realized that my camera was out of focus the entire time!  The thumbnails looked great, but at full size every image was fuzzy and out of focus except the sunset shots.

Life can be out of focus sometimes, even though we’re looking at it and everything seems to be in focus and on track, then we view the experiences from a distance or as a thumbnail it seems to be in focus, but when analyzed and viewed up close, its blurry and out of focus and needs to be fixed or done over.  The only real way to change that is to get out there and redo what should have been done the first time, having learned from that mistake and made everything in focus and better all around.

I did the only thing I could do, and that was to go back out and try again.  Even though the moon is waxing and staying up longer, it didn’t affect the images in any way.  In fact it helped.  I was having the same issue as before of having the camera out of focus, so I focused on the moon and got some great shots of the Waxing Crescent Moon.

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The bright star below the moon  on the horizon is actually Venus!  Anyway, I got settled in, and had a small red lantern on so I wouldn’t be stumbling all over the place in the dark.  Well, I later discovered there were some unexpected benefits from that light.  I was also able to fix the focus issue of the camera and got some beautiful shots of the night sky.

Here is the Milky Way in all its beauty and splendor!

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Enjoy!

Kelly

Sunset & Lightning

I went out on Friday night to get photos of the sunset. Well, there wasn’t much of a sunset because there were several thunderstorms brewing. As luck would have it, I discovered how to use the video function on my camera. 

The resolution from a grabbed image from the video is about 1900×1080, which is about 70k or about a 2MB camera. Not that impressive, but I’m happy with some of the images I extracted from the video. I like this one the best:

 
Enjoy! 

Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Clouds

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and outdoor photography magazine Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Clouds!

Do you remember as a kid looking at clouds to imagine the shapes and objects you could find there?

Here is a dragon!CRW_0034

Clouds also means lighting storms.

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You normally see clouds in the sky, but sometimes clouds do strange things. For example, have you ever seen clouds below the rim of the Grand Canyon? At sunset, during the winter? Doesn’t happen very often.

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Sometimes storms can build very quickly, especially here in the desert. Here is West Temple in Zion National Park.

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Now, here is the same mountain ten minutes later:

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A couple of minutes later it gets even thicker:

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Within ten to fifteen minutes, it looks like this:

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Finally it cleared up about twenty minutes later.

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Looking at this storm was an awesome experience, since it has been a long time since I’ve seen a storm like this. What I found out later is that the town of Virgin, Utah was flooded out and some friends lost their homes from this flood.

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge- Sunsets

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

This week, I decided to add some of my favorite sunsets that I have captured.

I wanted to add more, but I’ll save them for another time.  These images are available as prints at www.kellyguymon.com

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Grand Canyon, Yavapai Point

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Monument Valley, AZ, sunrise

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Inversion at Sunset, Bright Angel Trailhead

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Smoky Sunset, Grand Canyon. Taken during a forest fire on the North Rim.

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Sunset at Grand Canyon Airport

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Sunset at Bryce Canyon, Fairyland, with the Sinking Ship and Moon.

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Panoramic Sunset of Grand Canyon North Rim

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Sunset at Joshua Tree Forest, AZ

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Sunrise, Zion National Park

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Water

First of all, I want to wish all you Ghouls and Goblins, Orcs and Halflings (and other such creatures) a very happy and safe Halloween!

I am participating in this week’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge of Water.  This photo is of Zion Narrows.  This canyon was carved by the amazingly small Virgin River over many millennia.  It’s also one of Zion’s most popular hikes, but is prone to flash flooding.

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I also decided to include a photo I took of a sunset in the Gulf of Mexico while on a cruise.  This was taken just after leaving Cazumel, Mexico.  It shows the beauty and desolation of the ocean.  Almost like being lost at sea.

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