Let it Snow!! Let it Snow!!!

Yesterday, we had a snow storm move in.  The forecast called for 2 – 4 inches of snow.  Well, let’s just say the weatherman has NO idea what he’s talking about!!  This is what it looked like yesterday when I went to work:

CRW_1622I love the way that the black and white looks with the snow here.

At 5:00pm yesterday, the snow was measured at 11 1/2″ of snow.  It finally stopped snowing around 8:00pm last night, with another 5-7″ accumulation.

This is this what it looked like this morning when I went up for breakfast:

CRW_1632These are our historic cabins here at Zion Lodge with Mountain of the Sun in the background.  Oh yes, we even have an invasion of snowmen, only one so far has shown up, but I suspect there will be more arriving later today.

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And here is the historic Zion Lodge, in all its splendor and beauty with snow.

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What’s really crazy, is that this is the most snow this area has seen for many years.  Washington County basically came to a standstill because of this storm.  The city of St. George, Utah, has only one snow plow, and it’s at the airport, which is also closed because it couldn’t keep up.  All the other towns and cities here have also closed down because they don’t  have any plows either, with all church services being cancelled due to snow, which is also a first.

The Arizona Strip, with Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge is closed until further notice because three semis collided and jackknifed over night.  All the cars are being escorted out one by one out of the gorge by the Arizona Highway Patrol because of the accidents there. Snow is beautiful if you don’t have to drive in it.  Stay off the roads if you don’t have to drive today.

Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Flowers

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Flowers!

I love flowers!  When wandering through the desert and mountains, I often look to see if there are any flowers because they’re just so beautiful!  Sometimes, it’s all I’ll photograph if I’ve been through the area frequently.

Here is my favorite flower photograph!  I was taking pictures of these desert flowers when a bee landed on the flower!  Great shot, but I ran afterwards!  (Bees and I don’t get along too well.)

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A rose by any other name, is still a rose.

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Sometimes it’s simply amazing to see a flower grow among the harsh rocks where it’s hard to grow anything.

_MG_0415I’m not exactly sure what kind of flower this is.  I found it in my front yard one evening after work.

This one I found wandering in the desert around Cedar Pocket, inside the Virgin River Gorge.

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Of course, living on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, there is an amazing variety of plants and flowers that grow here, from the amazing Prickly Pear Cactus and its gorgeous flowers that turn into a delightful fruit that is delicious and tart.

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In the higher plateaus, you will find alpine flowers mixed with desert flowers, such as this blue flower, I’m not sure if it’s a violet or not.

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Then there is the world famous Sego Lily, Utah’s State Flower.  It’s very simple, yet delightful.

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What’s even more amazing, is that here in the Mojave Desert, or is it the Colorado Plateau, or the Great Basin??  Well, guess what- it’s all three!  All these different geographic features meet right here in Zion National Park!  Cool, right?!  Anyway, right here in this area, we have the Narrows, and there you will find all kinds of aquatic plants.  My favorite is the Golden Columbine, which loves the hanging gardens, along with Monkey Flowers and Shooting Stars.  Here is the Columbine, with Shooting Stars in the background.

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Enjoy these flowers and please feel free to comment and visit the other contestants as well.