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Glen Canyon Float Trip

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We spent a relaxing morning enjoying a float trip on the Colorado River in the Glen Canyon which included wildlife and petroglyphs.

Categories: Architectural, Geological, Wildlife
Tags: Arizona, AZ, Blue Heron, Float Trip, Glen Canyon, Petroglyphs

Monument Valley

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By Laurie Note: This post is one of a series about my 2015 Western Parks vacation with my daughter and grandson.  For our itinerary with links to other posts and an overview of this trip, please see 2015 Western Parks Vacation. Monument Valley has been featured in many western films since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films (including Stagecoach and Rio Grande) and in the words…

Categories: Geological, Panorama
Tags: Arizona, AZ, Monument Valley, Sandstone Buttes

Rainbows

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Earlier this week we had an evening rainstorm which produced a large double rainbow. This is a collection of some rainbow photos from the past few years.

Categories: Panorama, Rainbow
Tags: Double Rainbow, Rainbow

Ultimate Train & Trail Ride

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The Trail Ride began at the Durango & Silverton Railroad stop at Elk Park and ended near Silverton.

Categories: Geological, Scenes And Vistas
Tags: CO, Colorado, Durango & Silverton, Horseback, Trail Ride

Pleated Inkcap Mushrooms

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Each morning we have nice stands of Pleated Inkcap Mushrooms (Parasola plicatilis) due to warm and damp days nights in some flower beds.

Categories: Flowers, Plants, Trees
Tags: Mushrooms

Little Colorado River Gorge

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The Little Colorado River only flows during spring and after heavy summer rains; for the rest of the time the River and its gorge are dry.

Categories: Geological, Panorama, Scenes And Vistas
Tags: CO, Colorado, Little Colorado River

Wisteria Footbridge

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Last month, Beverly and I attended a community supper/musical performance. One of the people at our table told us about a nearby footbridge which was covered with a wisteria vine and flowers. She showed us several pictures she had taken. The next evening we returned to that area to find and photograph the wisteria. Beverly took the featured image and I took the other two. The footbridge is over Spring Creek, beside where Beaver Creek…

Categories: Flowers, Plants, Trees
Tags: Spring Creek VA, Virginia, Wisteria

Keys View – Joshua Tree National Park

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Keys View is an overlook in Joshua Tree National Park located on the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains which provides panoramic views of the Coachella Valley below.

Categories: National/State Park, Panorama, Scenes And Vistas
Tags: CA, California, Joshua Tree National Park, Keys View

Graupel at Turkey Spur Overlook

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Note: This post is one of a series about our visit to New River Gorge and Bridge in late October 2018.  Unfortunately, there was not a lot of color in the trees then. For details of the New River National River and links to other posts, please see New River Gorge and Bridge (Overview). Turkey Spur Overlook is a series of platforms and walkways on Turkey Spur Rock, which stands above the wooded slopes of…

Categories: Flowers, Plants, Trees, National/State Park, Panorama, Scenes And Vistas
Tags: New River Gorge, New River National River, Turkey Spur Overlook, West Virginia, WV

Hoover Dam

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Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s to control floods, provide irrigation water and produce hydroelectric power to the nearby states and Mexico.

Categories: Architectural, Panorama
Tags: Arizona, Black Canyon, Colorado River, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, Nevada

Joshua Tree Geology

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The rocks and hills that form the landscape of Joshua Tree has long fascinated visitors to this desert. How did the rocks take on such fantastic shapes? What forces sculpted them?

Categories: Geological, National/State Park
Tags: CA, California, Geology, Gneiss, Granite Outcroppings, Granite Rocks, Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Trees

Joshua Trees

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The Joshua Tree (a member of the lily family) is native to the arid southwestern United States, where it is confined mostly to the Mojave Desert.

Categories: Flowers, Plants, Trees, National/State Park
Tags: CA, California, Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Trees

Courthouse Butte Panorama 2

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This post is one of a series about our trip to Arizona and California spanning this past New Year's holiday. For an overview of our trip and links to other posts, please see 2018/2019 Western Trip. After leaving the Red Rock Visitor Center and Ranger Station, we continued north on Rt. 179 toward Sedona. Just north of the Village of Oak Creek, the next location with a good view was at the Bell Rock/Courthouse Butte…

Categories: Geological, Panorama, Scenes And Vistas
Tags: Arizona, Courthouse Butte, Village Of Oak Creek

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock Panorama 2

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Our first opportunity to photograph Sedona's red rock formations came at the Red Rock Visitor Center and Ranger Station south of the Village of Oak Creek.These rock formations are about 2.9 miles away.

Categories: Geological, Panorama, Scenes And Vistas
Tags: Arizona, Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, Village Of Oak Creek

2018/2019 Western Trip

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Beverly and I spent a week in Arizona and California where we visited Joshua Tree National Park, Salton Sea (CA) area, Palm Springs, CA area, Sedona, AZ, and Phoenix, AZ.

Categories: Geological, Scenes And Vistas, Sunrises & Sunsets

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