It’s snowing in Zion National Park! First snow of the year, and first measurable precipitation since last summer.
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.
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.
Crazy, huh? Any ideas on what it could be, besides a random cloud? Please let me know what you think.
What’s more fun than taking a 9 hour flight from New York to Paris? Taking a flight that’s delayed two hours (sitting on the plane) for a major storm that stopped all flights until it passed. Once the storm passed, we taxied out to the runway, and after sitting there for a half hour, the captain announced we’re waiting to clearance to take off and that we were number 20 in queue. Then the plane drove around JFK for about a half hour before takeoff to get to the right runway. Finally we took off two hours after we were scheduled to leave New York.
The plane had this cool feature of a tail camera that was shared with passengers during the flight.
My watch showed 2:00am, but the local time was 10:00, so I opened the window shade (couldn’t sleep anyway) and saw this:
About two hours later we landed in Paris.
It’s really hard to fathom how green everything is, coming from a desert that has multiple shades of brown and red. Here it’s multiple shades of green.
We drove straight to Normandy to our B&B on a farm. It’s absolutely gorgeous here! Woke up to hearing church bells and birds singing, and this view from the window.
Last night for dinner we drove to the next village for pizza, and found this nearby:
It’s now a church, but it was a castle at one time. It deserves further exploring.
Sunrise in Zion National Park this morning was absolutely gorgeous! It snowed overnight, and cleared out sometime early this morning.
After several weeks of 70+ degree temperatures, it was starting to look like Spring had arrived (in February??). The fruit trees are all in bloom, and the cottonwoods are starting to bud out, but it’s too early for that because there’s always a frost in March.
Today that all changed! It was raining most of the night, but it started snowing this morning!
Have you asked yourself lately where you want to be? At work? Home? In the desert or mountains?
Sometimes I’d just like to curl up next to a roaring fire with a good book and a steaming mug of hot chocolate. But my first choice would be out in nature, either in the mountains or desert. It’d have to be the desert this time of year because of snow in the mountains.
But my favorite place to be is where few others go: The Road Less Traveled, because there are things to see there that are just too beautiful to describe.
Have a great day and enjoy your road less traveled.
Happy New Year from the Wandering Photographer! May you have a prosperous year and may all your goals and resolutions come to fruition, and may you have peace in your life and with those around you.
As we reflect on the past year, let us remember the good times and learn from the bad times. Let’s also observe a moment for those who are no longer amongst us, remember them always and the times we shared; and learn from the mistakes we and others have made and errors of the past so we don’t repeat them in the future. Spend time with family and friends, for a person who has family and friends is rich indeed, and time is our most precious resource.
Yes, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy with work in beautiful Zion National Park. However, today I took some time to go into the mountains to get photos of the fall colors. I went up to the Kolob Terrace of Zion National Park and up to the lake.
I took many photos of the changing leaves and the lake, and even saw a bald eagle, which is rare. I tried to capture photos of it, but it was too fast. Anyway, thought I’d share a photo of today’s excursion.