Tall Tales From The Field

In The Country

Fall Colors Persist

In Southern Utah, cottonwood trees continue to display their brilliant colors.

 

Fall colors have arrived in Southern Utah near Zion National Park, Utah

 

 

 

 

 

 


Summertime at Kolob Terrace

In the high country near Zion National Park, you can escape the sweltering heat below at Kolob Terrace. Monsoonal moisture is now starting to enter Southern Utah yielding more relief and some refreshing greenery. That’s where I went yesterday. Eighty degrees is much more bearable than 105 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Southern Utah Winter Scenes

The heavy snow last week turned rural Southern Utah into a winter wonderland.

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets the Southern Utah landscape

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets the Southern Utah landscape

 

A leaveless cottonwood tree during winter in Southern Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets the Southern Utah landscape


The Hills Are Alive With The Color Of Green

That drought that caused brush fires in California that I highlighted earlier this week, is now a recent memory.  California gets rain in the winter and the hills get green, but this winter , they are green green. These hills are east of Paso Robles, on the way to the San Joaquin Valley.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have greened up the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

Recent rains have produced new growth in the hills and pastureland in rural California.

 

A rainbow appears just after a rainstorm in rural California

Where there are clouds, rain and sunlight, look out for the ephemeral rainbow.


Utah’s Highway 12

State Route 12 is another scenic highway in Southern Utah. It is listed as one of Utah’s Scenic Byways.  It starts near Capitol Reef National Park, ascends the Dixie National Forest to an elevation nearing 10,000 feet, and ends near Bryce Canyon National Park. Here’s just a few images I took when I traveled Highway 12 a few weeks ago.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 12.

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah’s rural Highway 12 along Calf Creek.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 12.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 12.

 

Aspen trees along Utah's Highway 12 in the Dixie National Forest near Boulder Mountain.

Aspen trees along Utah’s Highway 12 in the Dixie National Forest near Boulder Mountain.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 12.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 12.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations are seen along Utah's rural Highway 12.

 

The sun sets amongst a brush fire in rural Utah.

The sun sets amongst a smoldering brush fire in rural Utah.

 

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

Near Bryce Canyon National Park.


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

I Want To Believe

 

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.


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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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.


Even More Autumn Photos

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.


More Southern Utah Autumn Images

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors and menacing clouds have arrived at the Kolob Plateau in Southern Utah.

 

Fall colors have arrived in the highlands of Southern Utah.