Tall Tales From The Field

Posts tagged “Sagebrush

Cathedral Valley In Monochrome

Storm clouds appear over Cathedral Valley at Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eureka Dunes In Detail

The finer details of  Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park.

 

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

 

Tracks from a mammal appear in the sand 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

 

Eureka Valley at Death Valley National Park, California

 

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

 

 


Paria Clay Beds

Also known in geologic terms as the Chinle Formation located at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This spot is located at the old Paria Movie Set where The Outlaw Josie Wales was filmed. I half expected Clint Eastwood to come walking out of the landscape. These were shot an hour or two before sunset and with the clouds, made for some great light!

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds are revealed from erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful Chinle Formation clay beds are revealed from erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah


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.


Rainbow Zion

Weather conditions were ripe for producing rainbows last Saturday.

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah


Pine Valley Mountains In Snow

Recent snow has completely engulfed The Pine Valley Mountains in Southern Utah, just north of St. George.  The arctic white peaks are quite a contrast to the parched desert sagebrush in the lower elevations. Signal Peak is the highest point here at 10,365 feet. This range is located within Dixie National Forest and is about 40 miles west of Zion National Park.

 

Fresh snow has fallen on the Pine Valley Mountains, north of St. George, Utah

Fresh snow has fallen on the Pine Valley Mountains, north of St. George, Utah

 

Fresh snow has fallen on the Pine Valley Mountains, north of St. George, Utah


Stormy Zion

A nice thunderstorm rolled through Zion Country the other day before sunset, setting up some nice light.

 

Storm clouds hover over Gooseberry Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

 

Storm clouds hover over Gooseberry Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

 

The sun sets on Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

 

Dark clouds hover over Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A thunderstorm passes through Zion Canyon and produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Storm clouds hover over Gooseberry Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

 

Storm clouds hover over Hurricane Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

 

Storm clouds pass through the Southern Utah landscape near St. George

 

A thunderstorm passes through Zion Canyon and produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The sun sets on West Temple at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Storm clouds hover over the landscape near Zion National Park, Utah

 

Storm clouds hover over Gooseberry Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

 

Storm clouds hover over Gooseberry Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

 


Springtime at Zion Country-Southern Utah

Recent rainstorms have produced dramatic skies and flowering Prickly Pear Cactus here in Southern Utah. Next post will showcase images from the surreal Wahweap Hoodoos.

Prickly Pear Cactus blooms in the spring at Zion National Park, Utah

Prickly Pear Cactus blooms in the spring at Zion National Park, Utah

White puffy clouds surround Eagle Crags near Zion National Park, Utah

White puffy clouds surround Eagle Crags near Zion National Park, Utah

Storm clouds surround Gooseberry Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

Storm clouds surround Gooseberry Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

Storm clouds and Cholla Cactus surround Mt Kinesava at Zion National Park, Utah

Storm clouds and Cholla Cactus surround Mt Kinesava at Zion National Park, Utah

The sun sets on the sandstone walls near Zion National Park, Utah

The sun sets on the sandstone walls near Zion National Park, Utah

An old road meanders through the landscape at Zion National Park, Utah

An old road meanders through the landscape at Zion National Park, Utah

Storm clouds surround Hurricane Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

Storm clouds surround Hurricane Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

Storm clouds surround Mt Kinesava at Zion National Park, Utah

Storm clouds surround Mt Kinesava at Zion National Park, Utah

A cactus flower blooms in the spring at Zion National Park, Utah

A cactus flower blooms in the spring at Zion National Park, Utah

Spring flowers bloom near Zion National Park, Utah

Spring flowers bloom near Zion National Park, Utah

Storm clouds surround Mt Kinesava at Zion National Park, Utah

Storm clouds surround Mt Kinesava at Zion National Park, Utah


Flora at Zion NP

Spring has sprung in Zion as it was 78F today. The cactus here usually flower starting in May. Here’s some images of other vegetation prominent in the park. Look for future posts detailing the many species of flora here in the park.  There are more than 900 varieties of plants here mainly due to its vast elevation changes.

Prickly Pear Cactus-Zion NP

Prickly Pear Cactus just prior to it sprouting its prickly spines where you see the dots.

 

 

Zion Sagebrush

Sagebrush and rabbitbrush

 

 

Zion Pinyon Pine

Pinyon Pine which will produce edible nuts.

 

 

Zion Sagebrush

 

Zion Kolob Flora

Yucca plants in the foreground and Manzanita at middle right

 

 

Zion Pinyon Pine

Pinyon growing out of the sandstone.

 

 

Zion Dead Manzanita

Dead Manzanita whose bark is usually red

 


Death Valley’s Remote Eureka Dunes

After my visit to Racetrack Playa, I motored over  more rough roads for 45 miles to Eureka Dunes. It’s in a remote part of Death Valley National Park so not many people go there. The dunes are 700 feet tall, amongst the tallest in North America. Low hanging clouds, a few sprinkles and a beautiful rainbow made for good photos.

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Rainbow

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Joshua Tree

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes

 

Death Valley Eureka Dunes