Wednesday, July 28, 2010
We have tried several times to post pictures but we are in a valley between two large hills so do not get very good Internet connection. We have pictures of Colorado National Monument and the Mesa National Forest at close to 11,000 feet to share. Please be patient and we will get going again soon. We will just have to take the computer to town and get them posted for you.
If you want to reach us please send us an email and we will find a hot-spot and give you a call.
So for now we sill sign off only...
...to be continued
Friday, July 9, 2010
Another day another day trip to see more of southern Utah. This time was to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park where most of the sand is blown in from more red rocks. There is a pink hue to the sand but hard to photograph.
Most of the park was set aside for playing with 4 wheel rigs like the Oregon coast dunes but a small part was set aside for walking. There was a nice half mile loop, hard walking, but nice views with lots of descriptions of the plants there.
A minute after taking this shot about 10 buggies came roaring over the top of the dune. Looks like fun but sure breaks up the silence of the park.
Wow, yellow flowers growing out of the dunes. Must not need much water as there isn't much here.
The winds keep moving the sand over this dune so nothing is growing here.
Friday, July 2, 2010
We hiked the rim trail and every few steps had to stop so Dick could take more pictures. This Park must be one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is one of the first pictures taken during the first stop on the trail.
A little closer look will show some of the trails down in the valley.
A view of the hoodoos through an arch in the upper layers of sandstone.
Another area of the Canyon but showing the amount of erosion at the top of the rim. Like the Ranger said "the seed for the tree was not planted 18" above the ground. We find it amazing that trees can continue to live with their roots exposed like that.
showing the trees growing at the top at 300mm. Just like you are sitting there.
Here are some of the last shots for the day using both lenses. The old lens at 18mm. Can you see the two little trees on the top white rock in the center?
Now lets zoom again with the old lens to 55mm.
and finally at 300mm, a little overexposed but you get the picture (pun intended). Dick has also used the new lens shooting wild flowers and wild game here at Zion but will have to save that for another time.
to be continued...