Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
This is not normally a political blog, but "The Onion" has changed that. 1 in 5 consider Obama a cactus.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
To the left is a desert scape I took in West Valley City, Utah. In the photo are banana yucca, soap tree yucca, Joshua Tree, Mormon Tea among others. This person had the combination of various plants to make their yard look really good.
In Juab County, Utah out in the western Utah desert is an oasis called Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge. Some 150 miles southwest of Salt Lake City this is truly the middle of no where. What is more interesting is that there are people that actually live out in the sticks to manage this place. There are no paved roads out in this area, only improved dirt roads. If you have a road worthy machine then you are in luck. The picture is at Fish Springs looking north toward Dugway Proving Grounds Military Area.
This is a Autumn shot up Diamond Fork Canyon in Utah County, Utah. Looking south you can see the southern Wasatch Mountains.
The photo to the right is Quail Creek Reservoir, outside of St. George, Utah. This is a colorful area of Utah. I was grateful that the light was just right to capture this particular shot looking northeast. Here the blue waters
compliment the colorful red, orange, and brown rock of southwestern Utah's Mojave Desert.
This is another photo from Diamond Fork Canyon, Utah. Looking toward the north you can see where the Wasatch Mountains of the Rockies meet the beginnings of the reddish colored mountain areas of the Colorado Plateau.
Nothing screams being in the middle of the desert like being in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the older area of the strip is Fremont Street. A portion of this street has been covered by a large canopy with millions of LED lights. I was able to get this one with my cell phone. It turned out pretty good. If you like lips then savor the moment.
Winter in northern Utah can be cold. And with cold comes frozen waterfalls. This picture is of Bridal Veil Falls near Provo, Utah. The main part of the falls continue year round. The slower falls freeze up creating this beautiful type of cliff ice sculpture.
During the summer there is nothing like a Rocky Mountain Meadow shot. I took this one while roaming the back country of northern Utah. There is something nice about getting off the main trail and seeing what is beyond the horizon.
Sometimes getting the right sky meeting the hilltops makes for a great shot. This one is about 8,000 feet above sea level in the Utah Wasatch. The clouds were perfect on this day for a nice window into the moment.
This photo to the right I happened to capture right before the sunset. I thought these flowers growing in this large ornamental pot were a great shot. This is in downtown St. George, Utah.
Nothing says beauty like a prickly pear in bloom. This opuntia from the Mojave Desert sits in my yard. This was taken summer 2010 when I had great results with the multiple cacti flowering.
The last photo shows the American Flag. I am always proud of my country and what America represents and the beauty of the land.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Zion National Park in Southwest Utah is a wonder of nature. The name Zion comes from the Hebrew for "Sanctuary" or a holy place where one meets God.
To the right cottonwood trees line the Virgin River in Zion Canyon. The cottonwoods provide a habitat for wildlife and shade during the summer months when temperatures are often over 100 F for four months June through September.
The results are literal hanging gardens. These plants that grow in moist microclimates throughout various areas of the park. Such sites as "Weeping Rock" provide some great scenery for Oases in the dry desert land.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
South Dakota! We had a fun trip. It was the kids' first REAL experience camping, (not counting the times we camped at Cherry Creek State Park). Of course we had to stop to see Mt. Rushmore. But there was one really big surprise about this mountain..........
As we looked a little more closely, we were surprised to see that our little girl was one of the iconic faces!
One of the highlights of our trip was driving through a wildlife park where you literally had to break for bears, wolves, etc. Here are a few of my favorite pictures I took from our van-
The SCARIEST animals we saw on the side of the road are the creatures below. BEWARE! ROLL UP YOUR WINDOWS!!!!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sometimes life is just about taking to the road and seeing where the road will take you. The desert road trip can be different in many ways. Sometimes the paved road gives way to the dirt road. And the dirt road takes you off the beaten path. There is always something special about hitting the road in the desert.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Check this out, this double headed yucca was relatively cheap because only one "head" appeared alive. However, over the past few weeks, I noticed the side with no "head" started growing one on its side. So I guess it's alive after all! I was pretty excited about that.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Off road activities are one of the great recreations our public lands offer to us. Land speed records have been set at the Bonneville Speedway in Utah.
The vast expanses of the Mojave Desert are no exception for the outdoor enthusiast. On Saturday, August 14, 2010 8 people were killed and others injured in an off road race called the "California 200." It is a sad occurrence in desert racing.
The cause of the incident is still under investigation, but it still is good to be aware of the human wildlife in the deserts be they off road vehicles used by individuals or small groups, dirt bikes, or large vehicle organized events such as last Saturday's tragic race.
Accidents will always be a part of the off road world. We can only hope to minimize tragedies such as this one. Overreaction never has benefited anyone. We has humans learn from our mistakes and move on.
In Utah during the 1980s there was a motorcycle competition called the "Widow Maker" just south of Salt Lake City in Draper. Authorities stopped it in the early 1990s because it was too dangerous. It has since been revived and the risks are taken by the riders that took place in the earlier version. We should never take the extremist point of view and say no more without real due cause.
The show must go on and most of the time nobody gets hurt when the right precautions are taken. Lets hope that the California 200 makes the necessary adjustments in regards to spectators being a safe distance from the course and track modifications and barriers done where necessary. Long live the outdoor sports of the timeless desert.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
When Kirk and I go on road trips we can be hazardous to the public. Kirk is more mellow and reserved. I am just whacked out. Put us together and we are hell on caffeine. Kirk is a nice guy and then I come around and he becomes a different creature from those who claim to know him as the nice guy at the government. Kirk showed me this palm at Wal-Mart. This is a needle palm. Found it for $20. It now sits in my yard. Thanks buddy. It was his passive aggressive behavior that led me to by this one.
This next photo I could not bring over so I linked to it. When we stopped in Green River, Utah we caught this dude filling up his plane at a gas station. He said he was from Eagle Mountain, Utah. What ever floats your boat.
Now some people do not believe that me and Kirk are actually environmentally friendly. This is not true. It is true that I like fossil fuels burning amass producing electricity. Kirk, I am not sure what he actually likes to see mechanical wise, but I digress. In this link you can see us actually hugging a tree. It is a beautiful trunk isn't it. The dude couldn't get his damn finger out of the way ruining the true effect. I tried to get Kirk to hug me, but he declined. No sense of humor!
This again is at Antelope Island. Notice the green bog in
The Mojave Desert brings the best out in both of us. On this trip we were in Moapa, Nevada in an area known as Warm Springs. Kirk thought that road trip means taking a picture of the road. Ansel Adams he is not, but I have to give him credit for actually capturing some palms on either side of the road.
Finally, to end this lovely entry when I went out to Colorado last year Kirk showed us Cherry Hill State Park which is an earlier entry in this blog of ours. But I thought it fitting to let you all know that the place is full of plains yucca. Plains yucca go from the Front Range of the Rockies east to the boring land of the Midwest US. At least there is something that is yucca in this post. Had I not lost my photos of Bennett, Colorado I would have included them, but my computer crashed and the Garden of the Gods one was one of the few that I had left.
Now I wish I had more time to give you the lowdown on the odd couple relationship that Kirk and I have on road trips. On one trip back from St. George, Utah a thunderstorm came in around Beaver, Utah. I screamed "Run for your life! Hurricane! Its the Apocalypse!" One mother and her kids got the hell out of there, Kirk nearly fainted, and I am not sure what came over me, but I am sure it was the adrenalin rush of caffeine.