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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.

 

 


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.


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.

 


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Lost Highway

Just got back from 5 days on California’s Coast again. Photos to follow soon! Didn’t have internet so I’m going thru 650 emails right now and everyone’s posts from this week

VIEW AT NIGHT OF COUNTRY ROAD IN CALIFORNIA


Multi Tasking

Driving and taking pictures is a skill you better have been born with. It’s not something you want to learn on the job. Very dangerous. I believe I was born with the skill or that I get bored when driving through the countryside. You can get creative by using a slow shutter speed while your vehicle is moving. You can also try this as a passenger. Preferable.

 

A two lane road passes through pastureland in rural California

 

A two lane road passes through pastureland in rural California

 

A two lane road passes through pastureland in rural California

 

A two lane road passes through pastureland in rural California

 

A two lane road passes through pastureland in rural California

 

A two lane road passes through pastureland in rural California

 

A two lane road passes through pastureland in rural California

 

 


Zion Country With Some Fresh Powder

Fresh snow has fallen during winter at Zion National Park

 

Fresh snow has fallen during winter at Zion National Park

 

Fresh snow has fallen during winter at Eagle Crags near Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow has fallen during winter at Zion National Park

 

Fresh snow has fallen during winter at Zion National Park

Driving into Springdale and Zion

 

Fresh snow has fallen during winter at Zion National Park

Fresh snow has fallen during winter at Zion National Park


Years Gone By In Rural Arizona

Captured these images from a few weeks ago in Northern Arizona. No new shopping malls out here!

Old Farm Building

 

Old Farm Building

 

Old Farm Building

 

Arizona Railroad Crossing

 

Old Farm Building

 

Old Gas Station

 

Face On The Water Tank


Surreal Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock at The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah is yellow but also red, magenta, gold, orange, lime,  blue, purple, rust, maroon,  amber, tangerine, pink, scarlet, black, azure, brass, bronze, rose, brown, plum, sepia, mustard, sapphire, turquoise, peach, myrtle and even zucchini!

Yellow Rock is difficult to find and very difficult to hike up to. It’s the best thing Bill Clinton ever accomplished as president, designating the almost 2 million acres  of the Grand Staircase as protected under the Antiquities Act in 1996. President Obama, before he leaves office,  should do the same with the Greater Canyonlands area near Moab, Utah.

These images(Shot 1 week ago) and others can be purchased as prints at What’s New At Dawn2dawn Photography

 

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Thanks Bill

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You have to climb up a steep and rugged trail from the Cottonwood Canyon floor below to get to Yellow Rock.

Yellow Rock

Maybe Zorro was here?

Yellow Rock

An artist’s palette.

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Looks like a lemon meringue pie?

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Goblin Valley

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock

Grand Staircase Sunset

Grand Staircase Full Moon

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