A brisk spring morning at the end of the trail into the Virgin River Canyon.
Follow Utah Highway 9, the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway, and you will see this magnificent arch just to the east as you enter the Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel.
In the background are the mountains of Grand Staircase Escalante National Momument. In the midground on the left is "The Sinking Ship" and in the foreground on the right, "Thor's Hammer"
Tall pine trees stand dwarfed by the surrounding hoodoos in the Amphitheater at Bryce Canyon NP
At Kodachrome Canyon, the sandstone takes on fantastic shapes.
Calf Creek descends into a small pool at Lower Calf Creek Falls.
These mule deer were very curious about Liddy and I as we watched them from the trail near Tunnel Arch at Arches NP.
Brilliant clear skys allow the stars to shine bright over the Toadstools, a collection of rock formations east of Kanab, UT along US 89.
The opening to the slot canyon at Diana's Throne glows golden in the early afternoon sun.
Inside the slot canyon at Diana's Throne. Not quite Antelope Canyon, but impressive none the less
If you want to do some sand boarding, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is the destination for you.
A morning shot of the major Dune at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. As the sun comes up it washes across the windward side of the dunes.
Is that a face in the cliff? The amazing colors in the sandstone cliffs create so many patterns. This is just one section of the cliffs in Long Canyon along the Burr Trail
Come back in a few thousands of years, and we may have an arch to rival any in the Moab area.I can't stop seeing some animal form kissing when I look at this formation.
This little guy was sunning him/her? self on a log lying in the sand at the top of the Burr Trail Switchbacks.
This old wagon sits near Gifford House in Capital Reef National Park. This area of the park is known as Fruita.
These apple blossoms are on a tree in the orchard near Gifford House in Capital Reef National Park. Gifford House is a museum that serves up some excellent pies.
The Capitol Gorge was one of the old wagon trails through the Reef. Along with ancient native petroglyphs, you can also see the more recent signatures of those enterprising men and women who crossed the continent to settle in Utah. (Look in the upper right half of the picture)Unfortunately, you can also see some graffiti from our modern day. Not cool. Don't do it.
US 50 through Nevada claims to be the Loneliest Highway in America. Hard to contest that description when the view of long road through wide, empty valleys rolls out in front of the windshield.
On my way home from Utah in April I followed US 50. The highway passes Great Basin National Park. You enter it on the east side of Mt Wheeler through Baker.I found this composition with the town (village) of Baker nestled between the "roots" of Mt Wheeler to be quite compelling. To me it captures the feel for the area. It certainly didn't hurt to have some clouds provide a mask to highlight the town.
Near Leeds, UT, the Candy Cliffs are a fascinating study of natural cobblestones.
More of the Candy Cliffs near Leads, UT
Sunset over the Candy Cliffs near Leads, UT
From the Candy Cliffs at Yantz Flats
Shot on my Samsung while at Yantz Flats and the Candy Cliffs.
Looking west from atop the Grand Arch at Zion National Park. The highway zig-zags its way up to the Mt Carmel Tunnel which was carved into the mountain on the left of the canyon.
Liddy poses on a rock near the lip above the Grand Arch at Zion National Park.