Moments

Our photo journals. We try to post several images capturing our moments in the Northwest and elsewhere each week.

Snakes are fascinating

First Garter Snake of 2020 - Snakes are fascinating and pretty.
First Garter Snake of 2020 - Snakes are fascinating and pretty.

Snakes are fascinating

Liddy pointed out this little guy as we were returning from our walk the other day.

She was sniffing the ground as she does and then did a levitation maneuver. Her entire body sprang up and back. I suspect the snake moved and she didn’t expect it.

First Garter Snake of 2020 - Snakes are fascinating and pretty.

Snakes are fascinating

Liddy pointed out this little guy as we were returning from our walk the other day.

She was sniffing the ground as she does and then did a levitation maneuver. Her entire body sprang up and back. I suspect the snake moved and she didn’t expect it.

Time for Coffee

Before the Grind -
Beans in Portrait -

Time for Coffee

I got greedy with this one.

18 images, aperture at f/5.6

Photoshop churned on this one for almost an hour while I enjoyed breakfast.

If you look closely (not too closely) you will find a number of places in the image where the blending didn’t work so well.

Beans in Portrait -

Time for Coffee

I got greedy with this one.

18 images, aperture at f/5.6

Photoshop churned on this one for almost an hour while I enjoyed breakfast.

If you look closely (not too closely) you will find a number of places in the image where the blending didn’t work so well.

Orange Up Close

The naked orange -
The naked orange -

Orange Up Close

It started with the simple desire for an orange.

You know, the little ones. The clementine oranges.

I was looking for a flavorful sugar fix.

Of course clementines peel so easily. And then the texture of the inside of the peel, and the flesh of the fruit…

Well, the camera came out and the 100 mm macro lens was attached.

The naked orange -

Orange Up Close

It started with the simple desire for an orange.

You know, the little ones. The clementine oranges.

I was looking for a flavorful sugar fix.

Of course clementines peel so easily. And then the texture of the inside of the peel, and the flesh of the fruit…

Well, the camera came out and the 100 mm macro lens was attached.

A Utah Adventure: Part 2, Bryce Canyon

View from Sunset Point - Bryce Canyon NP - In the background are the mountains of Grand Staircase Escalante National Momument.
in the midground on the left is "The Sinking Ship" and in the foreground on the right, "Thor's Hammer"

A Utah Adventure: Part 2, Bryce Canyon

After leaving Zion NP, Liddy and I spent the night in Kanab. Shortly after lunch, we met up with our guide and the other member of the tour group and headed out for Bryce Canyon NP.


When we left off with Part 1, Getting to Zion, we had just cleared the Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel and were heading east to Kanab for the night.

Kanab is a small, unassuming little town well situated for exploring the wonders of southern Utah. Everything is within an hour or two drive. West to Zion, north to Bryce, east to the Escalante Monument and the Grand Canyon. I suspect hotel reservations are hard to get in the summer time.

Action Photo Tours

We met at the Action Photo Tours offices shortly after lunch. Our guide, Kathleen Gardner, had a large Suburban loaded up and ready to go but – we drove in separate vehicles – better for Social Distancing – and because I was thinking to continue north or east after our photo trip. Taking the Prius left Liddy and I with more options, and all of our gear.


Ruby Inn

The Ruby Inn is a large rambling establishment just outside the park in “Bryce Canyon City”. Rambling because it has grown out instead of up. The rooms are the classic roadside motel of the ’50s and 60s. Nothing ostentatious here.

There is a general store and a restaurant attached to the main building. Of course we had to provide our own meal or use takeout service which was fine.


Bryce Canyon National Park

I found Bryce a difficult photo opportunity. To me, it is absolute photo chaos. I’m probably a closet case of OCD manifesting itself in a need for order.

Anyway, here is a gallery of the captures that I like. I will be putting some of them out as individual posts on the Northwest Moments page and archives. This is a better place to attach my personal critique. Perhaps you could follow along and add yours in the comments.

Anyway, Bryce presents me with a challenge. I will have to go back. Next year – mid April is the plan.

Meow Gallery: The gallery is empty.

It would be good to know what you think of the photos in this collection. Please take a moment to let me know in the comments.

By the way, Kathleen is a most knowledgeable photographer and guide. It is unfortunate that we met during the Corona Virus outbreak as that had such an impact on our ability to work together. If you have the opportunity, please don’t hesitate to have her or any of the other photographers/guides at Action Photo Tours take you out into the desert around Kanab.

Thanks for viewing. Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series.

End of the Trail

End of the trail - The riverwalk trail along the Virgin River in Zion National Park may come to an end but intrepid hikers can wade upriver under the gaze of The Mystery Mountain.
End of the trail - The riverwalk trail along the Virgin River in Zion National Park may come to an end but intrepid hikers can wade upriver under the gaze of The Mystery Mountain.

End of the Trail

From my story, A Utah Adventure: Part 1, Getting to Zion.

Over the course of 15 minutes, I shot this scene about 20 times. Each time, I captured 5 exposures. Liddy stood bare pawed and without complaint in the river with me. Her patience never ceases to amaze me.

Yes, there is snow atop Mystery Mountain.

Read on to learn more about this shot…

End of the trail - The riverwalk trail along the Virgin River in Zion National Park may come to an end but intrepid hikers can wade upriver under the gaze of The Mystery Mountain.

End of the Trail

From my story, A Utah Adventure: Part 1, Getting to Zion.

Over the course of 15 minutes, I shot this scene about 20 times. Each time, I captured 5 exposures. Liddy stood bare pawed and without complaint in the river with me. Her patience never ceases to amaze me.

Yes, there is snow atop Mystery Mountain.

Read on to learn more about this shot…

A Utah Adventure: Part 1, Getting to Zion

End of the trail - The riverwalk trail along the Virgin River in Zion National Park may come to an end but intrepid hikers can wade upriver under the gaze of The Mystery Mountain.
End of the trail - The riverwalk trail along the Virgin River in Zion National Park may come to an end but intrepid hikers can wade upriver under the gaze of The Mystery Mountain.

A Utah Adventure: Part 1,
Getting to Zion

This is the first of a series of stories of my recent trip to Southern Utah. The trip took Liddy and I to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park as well as some other scenic areas in between.

The trip had been planned for almost a year but was destined to change radically from the original plan.

Beware the Ides of March

End of the trail - The riverwalk trail along the Virgin River in Zion National Park may come to an end but intrepid hikers can wade upriver under the gaze of The Mystery Mountain.

A Utah Adventure: Part 1,
Getting to Zion

This is the first of a series of stories of my recent trip to Southern Utah. The trip took Liddy and I to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park as well as some other scenic areas in between.

The trip had been planned for almost a year but was destined to change radically from the original plan.

Beware the Ides of March

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