I took this on my way to work last week. These are the Towers and Temples of the Virgin.
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.
This image is available on my Artpal store
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
It’s snowing in Zion National Park! First snow of the year, and first measurable precipitation since last summer.
Wishing you a blessed and peaceful Christmas. May the joy of family and friends fill each hour and happiness be in your heart.
All the best,
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.
Clear Creek Canyon, East Zion
I saw the cutest bug walking back to the office today.
Last Thursday night was the last super moon of 2020. It seemed like a good idea at the time to go out and get photos of it. In retrospect, next time I will go to higher elevations for reasons you will soon discover. I asked Siri when the moon would rise that night, and it said 21:03 (or 9:03pm). I thought that would be fantastic, so I grabbed my equipment about 8:45pm to set up everything to capture the moon. It wasn’t too much longer before it got dark. I checked my astronomy app for the position of the moon, and sure enough, it was just coming up over the horizon. I knew I had time to kill, so I decided to take a couple of star shots before the moon came up. According to my app, the bright star in the center is Antares.
After about a half hour, I realized that I was going to be there a while, because I’m looking at a 2,000 foot cliff waiting for the moon to come up over the horizon and peer into this deep canyon. Finally, I was rewarded for my wait. Three hours later, the moon started its rise over the cliffs about 12:30am, way past my bed time, but the wait was absolutely worth it!
The moon was illuminating the trees on the top of the cliffs just before it came up.
Slowly, but surely, the moon made it from behind the cliff, and it was an amazing sight to behold. Check it out!
I went to bed not long after, basking in the pleasure of seeing the last super moon of 2020 rise over the cliffs of Zion National Park. I found out later that the super moon peaked at 6:30 that morning. It was tiring but fun. Enjoy!
In the Fall of 2016, I went to Kolob Reservoir which is just outside of Zion National Park to look at the fall colors. The lake is surrounded by Quaking Aspen and pine trees. This was taken from the dam.
It is my wish that everyone can take a few minutes or more every day during this time of stress and uncertainty, and reflect on the blessings, the positive things and have hope for a quick return of some normalcy in life.
If we really think about it, do we want more of the same rat race we had before the shutdown? Or do we want to remember the things we’ve learned during this quarantine to become better people, better family and neighbors, and cherish that human contact we are all craving in this time of separation?