Rain in the Colorado National Monument

Well today we are back to my favorite National Park, the Colorado National Monument. Today was a rainy day in the Grand Valley which is always great for photography. So, I looked out the window and said hey, I better head for the Monument because it could be a great photographic opportunity just waiting for me.

I love it when the weather is challenging because that is when you can get the best photographs. Take a look at this image.

Rain in the Monument

Rain in the Monument

It was a great day to be in the Monument doing some photography. The wet cloudy and rainy conditions made for some fantastic soft lighting. As you can see the potholes were full of water and the surrounding rocks were wet and looked great in the soft light.

 

Notom Road in Capitol Reef

Along Notom Road

Along Notom Road

Actually the title for this posting is a little misleading. Notom Road starts outside of Capitol Reef National Park and then enters and leaves the park again. This road starts just outside the east entrance of the park and heads south toward Bull Frog. It is a great drive with some great views. This image was taken along this road. I love the different colors in the different layers of rock.

I would not recommend taking this road if there is a change of rain or if there was a recent rain. The road is usually in good condition but wet weather can turn it into an impassible mess.

What I highly recommend is going camping at the campground in Capitol Reef and then take the Notom Road drive to Bull Frog and back. Bull Frog by the way is at the upper end of Lake Powell. I would not recommend spending much time at Bull Frog at the moment. Lake Powell is very low.

Sundown in Capitol Reef

This photograph was taken close to sunset in Capitol Reef National Park. As you can see the shadows are getting long. The sun is going down behind me which gives the red rocks nice lighting.

Capitol Reef Sunset

Capitol Reef Sunset

This spot is located to the west of the visitors center. When you leave the visitor’s center and head west toward Torrey there is a road to the left that takes you to Panaroma Point and Goose Neck Overlook. I took this image at Goose Neck Overlook. The road to this location is a short drive on a gravel road. From the parking area it is a short hike to this view. You can see a long ways toward the Manti- La Sal Mountains in the background.

I think in my next posting I will show you the scenery along Notom Road. Notom Road takes you south of Capitol Reef toward Bull Frog at the upper end of Lake Powell.

More Capitol Reef

This is another photograph from our trip to Capitol Reef National Park. When you drive west from the visitor’s center you end up in Torrey, UT in about 11 miles. At about half way  on the drive you will find this rock formation on the right hand side of the road. It is called Twin Rocks. Twin RocksOn the left hand side of the road when you get to Torrey there is a restaurant across the road from the Best Western. Do not eat there!! It is probably one of the worst restaurants I have ever eaten at. The food is served on paper plates with plastic silverware and it is tasteless. Not a good place. Yuk!!!!

Stay tuned for more from this area of Utah.

Capitol Reef

We just returned from a trip to Capitol Reef National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument. The campground in Capitol Reef is great and the scenery is magnificent. This photograph was taken between the visitor’s center and the town of Torrey,UT.

Capitol Reef-2The campground at Capitol Reef is open year round and is a great place to camp. I have to admit that I like campgrounds that are more remote but this one is very nice. It does not have any hookups but it does have very nice restrooms. It is located near the visitor’s center which is helpful. Also lots of deer in the area.

The best part is there is a place just next to the campground where you can get homemade pies. I love pie. They have apple, berry, peach, cherry and I can’t remember what else. I definitely recommend the pies.

This time we went to Cathedral Valley which is a magnificent place. I will talk more about that in my next blog posting. Here is a link to more information about Capitol Reef.

http://www.nps.gov/care/index.htm

Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley in Utah is an amazing place. The rock formations are very unusual. It is one of my favorite places for photography in all of Utah. It is not a very large place but it is an amazing park. I highly recommend it.

You may have heard that recently some idiots destroyed one of the rock formations. They unfortunately got off with just a slap on the wrist. They obviously had political connections. If the justice system was fair which it is not, they would have had some jail time. Some people are just plain stupid.

Anyway, here is a photograph of the rock formations. If you have never been to this park, you really should go and check it out. It is just south of I-70 towards Hanksville. Trust me, you will not be sorry. Click on the image to enlarge.

Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley

Spring in the Colorado National Monument

Spring Time

Spring Time

OK, I know someone is going to say this image can not be recent. It shows yucca blooming in the Colorado National Monument. Hey, this photo is from last year which is pretty recent!!

I just figured that some people who routinely follow my blog may be ready for spring. We actually like all four seasons which is why we are not “snow birds” going south for the winter. And again, people who usually follow this blog know we actually went north for the winter. Check out previous postings for the details.

Time to get back to camping. Stay tuned for more adventures across the west.

Hawk

Hawk

Hawk

No need to take a big expensive and long trip to get some wildlife photographs. I just go to the back yard. Of course we don’t have buffalo in the backyard. We do sometimes have coyotes. The most common wildlife in our yard is probably rabbits and quail. Also lots of other species of birds.

This hawk is sitting on the fence surrounding our hot tub. The shutter on my camera caught his attention.

Travels and Adventures – 2013

I have a new book available that many of you may find interesting. It covers all of our trips during 2013. This would include camping trips as well as other trips like one on Amtrak to California.

The National Parks we visited include: Glacier, Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce, Arches and Death Valley. Many other locations are also included. The book is almost 200 pages and filled with photographs of amazing scenery. You can purchase a copy by going to the link in my website titled “My Books”. An e-book version for iPad,or other e-book readers is also available on the “My Books ” page or you can copy this link to your browser.

http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/464892-trips-and-adventures-2013

This photograph from Bryce National Park is an example of what we saw during our travels. Hopefully many of you will purchase this book and get the desire to visit all these places yourself. There many beautiful places out there waiting for you.

Bryce National Park

Bryce National Park

Now one thing that will surprise some of my long term fans of my photography, there are actually photographs of people in this book. Don’t get too concerned, I am still going to be doing mainly landscapes, food and other shots that usually do not have people in the image. One fan in particular (I won’t mention his name is Ned) has encouraged me several times to put people in my images.