Thursday, December 12, 2013

Glen Canyon, Monument Valley, Superstition Mountains

On the way out of Southern Utah, we passed through Glen Canyon.

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Isn't this awesome? Grand-Canyon-like scenery.
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Majesty abounds!
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The Colorado River.
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Hard to keep your eyes on the road.
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Coming into Monument Valley.
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Monument Valley suffers from the same haze as Grand Canyon.
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Monument Valley is not a national park. The Indians own it, and charge $5 a head to get in. There's a dirt road that circles around the more prominent buttes. It's undriveable without a 4-wheel drive. They don't mention that key fact. You have to discover it for yourself.
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On the way down through Arizona, we nosed around a bit in Carefree.
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Is this a cool house or what?
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The Superstition Mountains are beautiful, and the forests of Saguaros are incredible. The US Park Service considers Saguaros a tree, and has thusly named this area Tonto National Forest. Even though I tried for the perfect shot of Saguaros juxtaposed with craggy hills, I utterly failed. Not enough pullovers. (That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.)

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Bryce, Kodachrome Basin, and Capitol Reef

The Road Trip, continued.

Spectacular Bryce Canyon! This was very late afternoon. A guy would have to spend a year taking pictures to discover how sun angle and season affects photos of this interesting geological formation.
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Lots of lookout points and easy walkways.
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This is Castle Rock in Kodachrome Basin. There were lots of these monoliths. Early morning fog kept things dark.
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Your Friendly Neighborhood Underground Carpenter.
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Roadways in Southern Utah are a delight. Always interesting.
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The fog lifted briefly.
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Then back to fog. And snow.
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I missed out on the certain beauty of Capitol Reef because of the fog.
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This is about as clear as it got.
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It might be fun someday to saddle up a horse and ride a trail or two.
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I love these gnarly old trees.

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Zion, My Children, Or At Least The National Park

Road Trip! Click any pic for enlargement.

This is part of The Gorge (don't know if it's got an official name) that cuts across the NW corner of Arizona.
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Zion, at last. Land of Tall Trees, Mountains, Short Trees, and ... Buffaloes?
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The roadway scenery is never dull in Southern Utah.
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I was pulling over every few minutes to capture yet another breathtaking view.
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We take smooth roads and bridges and tunnels for granted. Can you imagine what it took to turn this raw wilderness into an afternoon's drive?
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Lots of thoughtfully provided pull-offs.
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A couple of old geezers at one of the scenic overlooks. That's me and my Dad.
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This is an air and light vent for a tunnel that goes through a mountain.
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The tunnel is not very big. Motorhomes have to wait for a lull in traffic, then the tunnel is closed on both sides for the motorhome to go through.
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One of the entitled indigenous species. There really are buffaloes in Zion.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sunrise, and a Tree

This is how morning started a couple of weeks ago. I spend a lot of time looking at sunrises and sunsets. My furry son Charlie is usually with me, so I don't usually have my camera with me.
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The sun came up, the clouds cleared, and here is a shoestring acacia tree in full bloom. This particular tree, one of four in our yard, doesn't "droop" like a typical shoestring acacia, but it's the most prolific bloomer of the four.

A little closeup of the blossom.

Even closer.

Rain last night. A little water and the desert explodes with green, summer or winter. I'll keep my camera close by.


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Grand Canyon

A nice day trip, South Rim of the Grand Canyon is 4-1/2 hours away.
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The Canyon has permanent haze.
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Flowers!
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Your friendly neighborhood Underground Carpenter.
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Mugging for the tourists. This guy had more cameras trained on him than a presidential press conference.
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Looking down.
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The lovely Mrs. Underground Carpenter.
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Isn't this a cool building? I love the door, too. This is the Geology Museum.
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Lots of nice outcroppings for spectacular views.
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Family pictures! Are these folks Mennonites?
At one point, while we were walking along the edge, a nice young couple approached us and the man handed me his camera to take a picture of them. He didn't ask me, he just handed me his camera. Maybe he didn't speak English. Every language you can think of was being spoken around us.

Most of these pictures were taken by Deanne.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mo' Clouds

Cloud pics, taken yesterday. Monsoon season has the most amazing clouds.

Building over the nearby hills.
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Caught a birdie in this shot. Just passing through.




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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Clouds Examined

Clouds. I just thought they looked interesting.
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Fluffy clouds. Pretty clouds.


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