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A Small Slice Of Lake Powell

Lake Powell has more shoreline than the United States’  entire Pacific Ocean Coastline. Approximately 2,200 miles of it. Pictured here are only a few miles of it but it’s pretty cool.  The lake’s water level changes throughout the year as its primary source, the Colorado River, provides more water via snow melt in the Rockies.

 

Navajo Mountain and Lake Powell stand out in the desert landscape of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah

 

Eroded sandstone is the predominate feature along Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah

 

 

 

 

 


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


Bryce Is Twyce As Nyce In The Winter

With a foot or two of fresh snow, Bryce Canyon National Park was a required venture.  The hoodoos never looked better. The weather forecast called for a high of 20 degrees(F) with a windchill of minus 22, so I quickly took care of business.

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

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Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Bryce Canyon Winter

 

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

bryce-winter_8485Someone wrote in the snow, a love note that I believe is in Japanese. There were a lot of Japanese tourists around.

Bryce Canyon Winter

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

 


The Peculiar South Coyote Buttes

Located within Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on the Utah/ Arizona border, this landscape is one of a kind.  Sandstone anomalies produced through millions of years of erosion has given this place its look. And its not easy to get to especially on a cold, windy day.

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

s-coyote-buttes_7004The road was difficult.

 

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Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

 


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.


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.


Paria Badlands

These badlands border the Paria River in Southern Utah.

 

Erosion has sculpted badlands along the Paria River in Southern Utah

 

Erosion has sculpted badlands along the Paria River in Southern Utah

 

Erosion has sculpted badlands along the Paria River in Southern Utah

 

Erosion has sculpted badlands along the Paria River in Southern Utah

 

Erosion has sculpted badlands along the Paria River in Southern Utah


The Nautilus

The aptly name Nautilus is an unusual rock formation carved by erosion in Southern Utah.

 

The wash leading up to The Nautilus

The wash leading up to The Nautilus

 

Unusually shaped rock formation called The Nautilus located in Southern Utah

 

Unusually shaped rock formation called The Nautilus located in Southern Utah

 

Unusually shaped rock formation called The Nautilus located in Southern Utah

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formation located in Southern Utah

Unusually shaped and colored rock formation just before The Nautilus.


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.