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Utah’s Extraterrestrial Highway

Highway 24 is a fascinating stretch of remoteness and anomalies.  I’ve never been to Mars but images of its landscape are remindful of the sandstone quirks along Highway 24.

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24.

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah’s rural Highway 24.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24.

Classic desert sky………

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24.

Looks like an abandoned Buddhist Temple

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24.

A Manhattan Office Tower?

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24.

A wind storm passes through the dusty hamlet of Hanksville. Henry Mountains in back.

 

Highway 24 at Capitol Reef National Park.

Highway 24 at Capitol Reef National Park.

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24 at Capitol Reef National park.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24.

Factory Butte

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24.

With Teeth

 

Highway 24

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 24.

The Waning Fall Colors At Zion NP

I didn’t spend too much time this autumn capturing the fall colors at Zion Canyon so I kind of caught the tail end of it.

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors and an ephemeral waterfall have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Hiking Canyonland’s Needles District

Canyonlands National Park in Southeastern Utah, is one of my favorite places, especially the Needles District.  It is raw, stark and relatively untouched by humans. It’s amazing that you can actually hike through this landscape, although its not for everyone. The trail I took was a loop hike, 11 miles in length. I started at Squaw Flat Campground and negotiated the ups and downs through Elephant and Squaw Canyons.  There was one spot just past Squaw Canyon where I could barely fit through a crack in the sandstone. Couldn’t even get a photo of it.

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Canyonlands Needles District

 

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Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

They embedded this metal ladder into the sandstone so you can get up into the remarkable Squaw Canyon

They embedded this metal ladder into the sandstone so you can get up into the remarkable Squaw Canyon

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

This is Squaw Canyon. You can see the second ladder towards the bottom center.

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Six Shooter Peak

Six Shooter Peak

 

The sun sets at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

The sun sets at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Canyonlands Needles District

Finishing at one of the best campgrounds you’ll ever find

 

The full moon or supermoon rises over The Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Relaxed in time to watch the supermoon rising.

” I’m Only Happy When It Rains”

It finally rained at Zion National Park yesterday after a month of parched earth.  Things come alive when it pours and it really poured.  Waterfalls appear and rising fog adds atmosphere.  The Virgin River at The Narrows was closed due to a flow rate of 787 CFS, which is cubic feet per second.

A passing rain storm produces thick clouds and fog at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing rain storm produces thick clouds and fog at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Heavy rain produces an ephemeral waterfall at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing rain storm produces thick clouds and fog at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing rain storm produces thick clouds and fog at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Rain clouds surround Smithsonian Butte near Zion National Park, Utah

 

 

A passing rain storm produces thick clouds and fog at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing rain storm produces thick clouds and fog at Zion National Park, Utah

 

 

 

 

Lavender Canyon

You have to drive a 4 wheel drive vehicle up Lavender Canyon which makes the trip fun. You’ll encounter sand, water and numerous BLM cattle gates. Adjacent to Canyonlands National Park, the landscape is classic Canyonlands along with some funky clouds.

 

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Monument Valley Supermoon

The supermoon for the ages came this week and Monument Valley was an iconic place to observe and photograph.  The moon was big but maybe not so super, after all, it’s only 14 % bigger than a normal full moon. The most difficult aspect of photographing the very bright moon is ensuring that you expose for the moon and not the surrounding landscape. Otherwise the moon will look washed out.

 

The full moon or supermoon rises over Monument Valley on Navajo Tribal Land on the Utah/Arizona border.

 

The full moon or supermoon rises over Monument Valley on Navajo Tribal Land on the Utah/Arizona border.

 

The full moon or supermoon rises over Monument Valley on Navajo Tribal Land on the Utah/Arizona border.

 

The full moon or supermoon rises over Monument Valley on Navajo Tribal Land on the Utah/Arizona border.

 

The full moon or supermoon rises over Monument Valley on Navajo Tribal Land on the Utah/Arizona border.

 

The full moon or supermoon rises over Monument Valley on Navajo Tribal Land on the Utah/Arizona border.

Paria Badlands

These badlands border the Paria River in Southern Utah.

 

Erosion has sculpted badlands along the Paria River in Southern Utah

 

Erosion has sculpted badlands along the Paria River in Southern Utah

 

Erosion has sculpted badlands along the Paria River in Southern Utah

 

Erosion has sculpted badlands along the Paria River in Southern Utah

 

Erosion has sculpted badlands along the Paria River in Southern Utah

Autumn Making An Appearance At Zion National Park

Fall colors have arrived at Echo Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors are just past peak at Echo Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Echo Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Immense Echo Canyon

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Colorful maples.

 

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Color is just beginning to arrive at Zion’s main canyon

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The Nautilus

The aptly name Nautilus is an unusual rock formation carved by erosion in Southern Utah.

 

The wash leading up to The Nautilus

The wash leading up to The Nautilus

 

Unusually shaped rock formation called The Nautilus located in Southern Utah

 

Unusually shaped rock formation called The Nautilus located in Southern Utah

 

Unusually shaped rock formation called The Nautilus located in Southern Utah

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formation located in Southern Utah

Unusually shaped and colored rock formation just before The Nautilus.

Paria Clay Beds

Also known in geologic terms as the Chinle Formation located at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This spot is located at the old Paria Movie Set where The Outlaw Josie Wales was filmed. I half expected Clint Eastwood to come walking out of the landscape. These were shot an hour or two before sunset and with the clouds, made for some great light!

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds are revealed from erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful Chinle Formation clay beds are revealed from erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

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