Driving to work this morning, I knew I would not get another chance of capturing a sunrise of the Towers and Temples of the Virgin covered with snow. I pulled off of the road and grabbed my cellphone to get this shot. Luckily, I still made it on time for work, barely…
A couple of weeks ago, I took the opportunity to attend a hot air balloon festival at Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, Utah. The balloons were amazing. It was the first time I’ve been able to attend such an event since 1999. I had forgotten how amazing the balloons are. I love how this image shows most of the balloons rising up together. A few balloons ascended earlier than the main group. I do have many more images of these balloons, so stay tuned…
There is a nice, moderate two mile trail, just north of the visitor center at Cedar Breaks National Monument that leads to an alpine pond. It’s a beautiful trail, with many interesting trees, flowers (especially in mid-summer), and of course the pond.
It is very peaceful there and one could meditate for hours in the beauty and solitude it provides. Just be aware that oxygen may be hard to acquire for some people, because Cedar Breaks is approximately 10,000 feet above sea level.
It is a special place to enjoy with friends and family.
Cedar Breaks National Monument is a spectacular place to visit, but it is only accessable in the summer months. It sits on Cedar Mountain at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level. It’s about 30 miles east of Cedar City Utah, home of the world famous Utah Shakespeare Festival.
I have always enjoyed my visits to Cedar Breaks over the years. The views are amazing and the air is always fresh. In mid-summer there is a wild flower festival there, and it’s also designated a Dark Sky location. The views of the stars at night are out of this world. I have many photos of this amazing place and hope to share some more soon. This image is available for purchase at my ArtPal store.
Back in my tour driving days, I used to wait at Goulding’s Trading Post, just north of Monument Valley, for my tour group to return from their guided tour of Monument Valley. I had many opportunities to enjoy the sunset there. On one such trip, I captured this image. I love how the light and shadows play on the peaks.
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Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the border of Utah and Arizona. At the time, I was a tour guide and brought two wonderful couples from Germany here and was able to join them as translator. During the tour, we stopped at John Ford’s Point overlook. There was a Navajo gentleman who rode his horse out to John Ford’s Point and waved his hat for the tour groups that visited the Valley.
John Ford’s Point got its name from the movie director John Ford as a tribute to him for bringing Monument Valley to life on the Big Screen. Mr. Ford filmed several movies in Monument Valley, including John Wayne’s famous She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. The ending of The Code Talkers was also filmed on this point.
The history of this valley and area is vast and deep, and there is no way I could ever do it justice. I will just say that it is an amazing place that should be visited and hallowed as sacred ground.
First, I must profusely apologize for not posting for a while. Life has been very busy lately and I’ve had an extremely poor internet connection for a while now.
Anyway, this image is of the Great White Throne in Zion National Park. It’s probably one of the most photographed peaks in Zion Canyon. I took this image a couple of years before the massive landslide that closed this area off completely. This landslide dropped over 24,000 tons of rock debris in seconds that basically destroyed the East Rim Trail and Weeping Rock area.
This is likely one of the last images of the Great White Throne from this angle that anyone can take, at least for a decade.
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 .