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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.

 

 


Glen Canyon Moonrise/Sunset

Glen Canyon is that canyon that pretty much disappeared once construction started on the Glen Canyon Dam in 1956. It was finished in 1966. But the Colorado River was backed up into the canyon which later formed Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. There still is a canyon but not nearly as deep as it was.  The two images here were shot within 5 minutes of each other. More images from the area to follow.

 


Death Valley Moonrise

A full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California.

 

A nearly full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California

 

A nearly full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California

 

A nearly full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California

 

A nearly full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California

 

A nearly full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California

Nothing better than camping under a full moon at a remote desert location. The moon was so bright, I didn’t need any artificial light.

 

 


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

 

canyonlands-needles_6391                              This slot is about 2 1/2 feet wide.

 

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.


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.


Side Trip To Bryce

While out photographing autumn colors in Southern Utah, I realized I was a stone’s throw from Bryce Canyon National Park. And sunset was close with a nearly full moon rising.  These were all shot from the incomparable Inspiration Point.

 

Bryce Canyon National Park's hoodoos at sunset.

 

Bryce Canyon National Park at sunset.

 

 

Bryce Canyon National Park at sunset.

 

Bryce Canyon National Park at sunset.

 

The nearly full moon rises above Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Bryce Canyon National Park's hoodoos at sunset.

 

Bryce Canyon National Park at sunset.

 

The nearly full moon rises above Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Bryce Canyon National Park's hoodoos at sunset.

 

Bryce Canyon National Park at sunset.


Full Moon Rising

Last Friday’s full moon captured near the Grand Canyon. A prescribed forest fire nearby added some smoke and cool color.

 

A full moon rises over Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

A full moon rises over Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A full moon rises over Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A full moon rises over Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A full moon rises over Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A full moon rises over the outhern Utah landscape near Kanab.

 

A full moon rises over Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.


Moon and Jupiter

In case you missed it, tonight’s crescent moon was accompanied by Jupiter, just above it.

 

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This Just In ! The Earth Has 2 Moons!

I shot the 2 full moons the other day near Lake Powell, Arizona.

 

A full moon rises over Lake Powell at The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at Page, Arizona

 

 

The moon rises over Lake Powel at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area near Page Arizona

 

nasa

NASA puzzled.

 

25 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein

Einstein’s theories now sadly in question.

 

Going to have to change headline.

Going to have to change headline to”Men Walk On One Of The Moons”

 

Trump images

Trump: “I told you so”.

 

President Obama to address the nation tonight

President Obama to address the nation tonight

 

Mulder and Scully to investigate

Mulder and Scully to investigate

 

i want to

 

SAstro dummies

Revised edition to be released soon.


Moonrise At Sunset

Some images from last week while the Full Moon was rising at sunset in and around Zion National Park, Utah

A full moon rises over the rim of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park,Utah

A full moon rises over the rim of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park,Utah

 

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The sun sets on the sandstone walls of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The sun sets on a mesa in Southern Utah

 

A full moon rises over the rim of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park,Utah

 

The sun sets on the sandstone walls of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The sun sets on the sandstone walls of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The sun sets on the sandstone walls of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The sun sets on a mesa in Southern Utah