Tall Tales From The Field

Flowers

Along “Hole In The Rock Road”

This is a 54 mile dirt and gravel road that reaches Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Southern Utah.  It should be named “Hole In The Head Road” because you must have one to finish this.  It begins near the town of Escalante and The Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument.  The end of the road is Hole In The Rock, where Mormon settlers used a small gap in the sandstone to reach the Colorado River and beyond in order to settle into Southeastern Utah (More On The Hole in a later post).

 

The difficult to travel Hole In The Rock Road at The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah

 

Eroded sandstone is the predominate feature along The Hole In The Rock Road in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah

 

 

A full moon rises over the landscape at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah

 

Didn’t want to go up there!

 

 

No Uber or self driving cars needed here.

 

 

 

 

Looks like they missed the elusive steer!

 

 

Navajo Mountain stands out in the desert landscape of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah

 

A cactus flowers in early spring at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah

 

Desert Sand Verbena

 

Primitive camping allowed. No picnic tables and thankfully no large RV’s with noisy generators.

 

The only sound I heard here was the crackling of the fire and coyotes howling in the near distance.

 

 


Images Of 2016

My favorite images from 2016. I enjoyed the adventure of capturing them all for my website Dawn2Dawn Photography   Looking forward to a great 2017. Happy New Years everyone. Watch in HD at full screen. Music is “Stranger Still” by Vetiver and can be purchased at iTunes

 


Another Fine Southern Utah Sunset

From yesterday.

A motor home drives towards the setting sun in Southern Utah

An RV drives towards the setting sun in Southern Utah

 

The sun sets on the Southern Utah desert landscape.

 

The sun sets on the Southern Utah desertlandscape.


Normal Kaibab Photos

The Kaibab National Forest is an anomaly in a land of deep red rock canyons and desert scrub. Situated high on a plateau, the Kaibab reaches some 9,000 feet into the Northern Arizona sky.

Ponderos Pines thrive at The Kaibab National Forest near the north rim of The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Ponderosa Pines thrive at The Kaibab National Forest near the north rim of The Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

Ponderos Pines thrive at The Kaibab National Forest near the north rim of The Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

Ponderos Pines and Aspens thrive at The Kaibab National Forest near the north rim of The Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

A coyote appears at the Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

Curious Coyote

 

Ferns thrive in the deep forests of Kaibab National Forest near the north rim of The Grand Canyon Arizona

 

Ponderos Pines thrive at The Kaibab National Forest near the north rim of The Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

Wildflowers thrive along a road in the deep forests of Kaibab National Forest near the north rim of The Grand Canyon Arizona

 

Lupine plants thrive in the deep forests of Kaibab National Forest near the north rim of The Grand Canyon Arizona

 

A mule deer appears at yje Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

The mule deer are extremely healthy looking here.

 

Ponderos Pines and Aspens thrive at The Kaibab National Forest near the north rim of The Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

Ponderos Pines thrive at The Kaibab National Forest near the north rim of The Grand Canyon, Arizona


Cedar Breaks Flora

Cedar Breaks National Monument is a geologic marvel but in July, visitors come for the floral display. At over 10,000 feet in elevation, the seasons arrive later than sooner.

 

Silver Lupine and Indian Paintbrush bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

Silver Lupine and Indian Paintbrush bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Columbine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

Columbine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Columbine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Silver Lupine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Little sunflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

Little sunflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Silver Lupine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Little sunflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Columbine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Silver Lupine bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Little sunflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah

 

Little sunflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah


The Many Faces Of The Coneflower

The Coneflower can take on many shapes and looks. It’s the ultimate shape shifter!

 

The purple coneflower produces bright colors while blooming in the hot desert sun.

 

The purple coneflower produces bright colors while blooming in the hot desert sun.

 

A macro shot of the Purple Coneflower

 

The purple coneflower produces bright colors while blooming in the hot desert sun.

 

A macro shot of the Purple Coneflower also known as the Bright Star

 

The purple coneflower produces bright colors while blooming in the hot desert sun.

 

The purple coneflower produces bright colors while blooming in the hot desert sun.

With a twirl!

 

The purple coneflower produces bright colors while blooming in the hot desert sun.


Zion Cacti

Images from blooming Prickly Pear Cactus and the sticky Cholla Cactus

 

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Prickly Pear Cactus flower during spring at Zion National Park, Utah

 

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Cholla Cactus at Zion National Park, Utah

Cholla Cactus at Zion National Park, Utah. Also known as Teddy Bear Cactus because it’s so cuddly? Not!

 

Cholla Cactus at Zion National Park, Utah


The Long Road To And From Toroweap

Half the fun of photographing a special place like the Grand Canyon is the drive and adventure to get there. Especially when it’s a remote location such as Toroweap. The drive from Southern Utah into Northern Arizona presents some classic western scenes along the highway where I could picture John Wayne mounting a Calvary charge. (He actually filmed some great movies in this area).

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

On the road to Arizona’s Grand Canyon at Toroweap.

 

A storm appears on the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

A storm appears on the road to Arizona’s Grand Canyon at Toroweap.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

A field of blooming Indian Paintbrush.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

A Red-Tailed Hawk flies into stormy clouds at the desert envirornment of Northern Arizona

A Red-Tailed Hawk flies into stormy clouds at the desert environment of Northern Arizona.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

You can drive up to 45 MPH on this stretch of dirt road.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

About 20 MPH here.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

About 2 MPH here. The last couple of miles are on something resembling a road.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

Zero MPH.  I actually decided to back up here. When you’re 70 miles from the nearest town, you don’t take chances. This was at the end anyways.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

On the way back, I almost ran into a deer. For some reason, I couldn’t get my Ford Ranger out of 4-wheel drive low!. I tried everything to do so. So I drove home totally in 4-wheel drive, very slowly. A few days later and after  talking to my mechanic, I was able to disengage the 4-wheel drive by driving backwards for about 75 feet. Something to remember.

 


Fiddlenecks?

I never heard of fiddlenecks until I tried to find out what kind of flower I was photographing because there were about a billion of them. In the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains along Highway 58 are acres and acres of them blossoming.

The foothills of the Tahachapi Mountains are in full bloom with Amsinckia, a genus of flowering plants commonly known as fiddlenecks.

The foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains are in full bloom with Amsinckia, a genus of flowering plants commonly known as fiddlenecks.

 

The foothills of the Tahachapi Mountains are in full bloom with Amsinckia, a genus of flowering plants commonly known as fiddlenecks.

 

The foothills of the Tahachapi Mountains are in full bloom with Amsinckia, a genus of flowering plants commonly known as fiddlenecks.

 

The foothills of the Tahachapi Mountains are in full bloom with Amsinckia, a genus of flowering plants commonly known as fiddlenecks.

 

The foothills of the Tahachapi Mountains are in full bloom with Amsinckia, a genus of flowering plants commonly known as fiddlenecks.

 

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Seaside Wildflowers

Wildflowers were blooming along California’s Pacific Ocean Coastline. Some, I recognize, others I couldn’t identify even with my flower book.

 

An ice plant flowers along California's Pacific Coast near Big Sur.

An ice plant flowers along California’s Pacific Coast near Big Sur.

 

Wildflowers bloom along Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur, California

 

California Yellow Flowers

 

Bright colors come alive during sunset at Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

California Blue Lilac

 

Paintbrush flowers along the Pacific Ocean at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel, California

Monterey Indian Paintbrush

 

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Blue iris

 

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Seaside daises are at full bloom along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near Big Sur.

Seaside daises

 

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Calia Lily grows along California's Pacific ocean Coastline near Big Sur.

Calia Lily

 

California Morning Glory

California Morning Glory