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 .
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.
I’m restarting my Photos From the Archives series. It’s been a while since I’ve been out shooting because life keeps getting in the way. The average daily temperature is around 105F and in the high 70’s to low 80’s at night. I’m just wishing for fall and cooler weather.
On a beautiful fall day in 2014, it seemed like a good idea (at the time) to go into the mountains to chase elk. It was a beautiful day, and the weather was perfect for such an activity. Up on the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park, it was easy to go off into the wilderness to go look for elk. Something to remember, this is the fall, and during the fall is rutting season for the elk. Coming into a clearing with beautiful vistas of lower Zion and the plateaus in Arizona off in the distance, I decided to stand on this boulder to look over the scrub oak and photograph this view.
If you look closer, there is a watcher in the brush. He was looking at me very intently and I was starting to get a bit nervous, because he’s only about 30 feet away and the only thing between us is the brush. I spoke to him and told him I was only taking his photograph, and he settled down. I got a little higher up on the boulder and realized he had a lady friend there on the ground and I was interrupting him. Oops…
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.