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Angels’s Landing Anyone?

Reblog from about 4 years ago.

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When visitors to Zion National Park ask me what hike they should try, I tell them if they aren’t afraid of heights and adventure, you must conquer the diabolical Angel’s Landing.  I’ve completed it 3 times but see no reason to risk my life again. The peak was named by a Methodist clergyman, Frederick Vining Fisher, who thought that ‘only an angel could land on it’ although I made it.

Image Angel’s Landing soars 1,488 feet straight up into the Zion sky

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Image Walter’s Wiggles, named after Walter Ruesch, the park superintendent who devised this series of 21 switchbacks.

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Image The chains offer a safety net because to the right is a 1488 foot drop to the canyon floor. That shuttle bus below looks awfully small.

The National Park Service offers plenty of warnings.

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Hole In the Rock-A Great Moment In Mormon History

There is a road that travels some 55 miles south of Escalante, Utah, ending at Lake Powell and the Colorado River.  This road is a difficult drive even for today’s high clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles but try to imagine what it may have been like to traverse such difficult land in 1879.  Some 236 Mormon Pioneers decided to explore the possibilities in order to settle the Southeast corner of Utah.

 

The Mormons noticed this crack in the sandstone that gave them hope for a passage to the other side of the Colorado River.

 

They piled up log, rocks, dirt and other debris to form a makeshift road in this section.  Using ropes, they slowly lowered their wagons to what was then, the Colorado River.

 

The road today is difficult in many places. One wonders how  the pioneers negotiated the difficult terrain and vegetation in 1879. They finally made it through in early 1880 and settled the town of Bluff, Utah.

 


Some More Pics From Capitol Reef National Park

 

Cathedral Valley

 

Like A Rainbow

 

 

 

Temples Of The Moon and The Sun

 

 

Dark clouds pass over the Henry Mountains near Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

 

 

Highway 24 weaves its way through the heart of Capitol Reef National Park.

 

Nice sunset, nice fire and a nice 12 pack of Corona Beer.

 

 

 

Dixie National Forest adjacent to Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

 

 


Utah’s Colorful Caineville Mesa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The colorful and unusual sandstone rock formations and clay beds along Caineville Mesa in Southern Utah


Coyote Buttes- A Whimsical Product Of The Forces Of Nature. Repost From 2014

Source: Coyote Buttes- A Whimsical Product Of The Forces Of Nature.


Photo Of The Week- What do Easter Sunday, Snowshoeing and a Black Bear have in common?

Source: Photo Of The Week- What do Easter Sunday, Snowshoeing and a Black Bear have in common?


This Just In ! The Earth Has 2 Moons!

Source: This Just In ! The Earth Has 2 Moons!


Hidden Zion

There’s a place in Zion National Park that few people venture. It is accessed along the Chinle Trail that is not well-known.  Over the years that I’ve hiked the trail, I’ve noticed some clay beds a few hundred yards off the beaten path but didn’t think they presented much of a photo op.  I finally decided to check it out and I’m glad I did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eureka Dunes In The Abstract

The  lines and shapes of the sand dunes at Eureka Valley at Death Valley National Park make for some good abstract images.  The contrast between shadows and highlights also accentuate the abstractness.

 

The shapes and lines at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The shapes and lines at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The shapes and lines at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The shapes and lines at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The shapes and lines at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The shapes and lines at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The shapes and lines at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The shapes and lines at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California


Baja Mexico Road Trip

Reblog from 3 years ago. Baja California is a worthwhile trip

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Baja California is not in California, it’s in Mexico. The Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) is not in California, it’s in Mexico. But whatever it’s called, Baja  Mexico is a place of much diversity, great landscapes and a vast desert environment surrounded by immense bodies of water.  https://www.google.com/maps/@27.9998847,-113.5,6z

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It’s about a 1,000 mile (1,609 Kilometers) drive from San Diego to the southern tip of Baja at Cabo San Lucas. I had the opportunity a few years ago to drive that stretch and to capture the essence of the land, its people and customs. The food was spicy, inexpensive and the military checkpoints were ubiquitous.  The photos below are a good representation of the land in much of Baja with its endless mountain ridges and succulent desert vegetation. These photos and more are available as prints or downloadable files at http://dawn2dawnphotography.com/

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MEXICAN MILITARY GUARD This fine young hombre with AK 47 searched my…

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