150 Mile Canyon Suspended Chockstone
June 2019: Suspended Chockstone in 150 Mile Canyon, a small detour side hike along the Grand Canyon. It is a beauty in the morning as sunlight comes in.
150 Mile Canyon Narrows
150 Mile Canyon Narrows on the Grand Canyon side hike.
Two Cactus Flowers
Two Cactus Flowers: solitary blooms on neighboring plants.
Wildflowers in the Grand Canyon
Wildflowers in the Grand Canyon: a macro shot of wildflowers in full bloom. These were throughout Tapeats Creek Canyon.
Brittlebush in Schist
Brittlebush in Schist: in a schist crack the desert wildflower takes root and blooms. Pink granite mixes here with the schist to form a kaleidoscope of nature.
Unkar Ruins, ancient Native American
Flowers for the Queen of Little Egypt
Flowers for the Queen of Little Egypt: Little Egypt geologic area of interest as seen on a pleasant but cloudy day. This high hoodoo is known as the queen.
Queen of Little Egypt
Queen of Little Egypt in Utah, landscape photography by Gordon Smith of St. George, Utah.
Hoodoo of Egypt
Hoodoo of Egypt: Utah's Little Egypt is a gem to visit. Wonderful stripes of color run through these goblins.
White Rock and Jailhouse Rock
White Rock and Jailhouse Rock in Capitol Reef
Cathedral Valley Spires
October 2018: Cathedral Valley Spires: these three amazing spires in cathedral valley catch beams of sunshine across a valley in cloudy shadows. The 3 spires remind me of Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites. They are similar in size, acute angles and stand togther.
Dusk Clouds Over Padre Bay
September 2018: Dusk Clouds Over Padre Bay
Henrieville Cemetery and Cliffs
Henrieville Cemetery and Cliffs in the distance.
January 2019: Hell's Backbone is the name of the road that skirts high above Death Hollow drainage. It's an incredible thing to see. This photo was taken during a storm. Look carefully to see the falling raindrops.
Escalante Twisted Trees
Escalante Twisted Trees: 3 cottonwood trees grew out from one another like three misshapen brothers. I found them quite beautiful.
Slanted Tree Death Hollow
Slanted Tree Death Hollow: Along the trail through a stunning slot canyon, a slanted pine tree grows tall. Giant sandstone buttes and blue skies are overhead.
Tower of Death Hollow
Tower of Death Hollow. I discovered this amazing narrow steer sandstone tower in the middle of our hike. It's beautiful and the trail runs below. Grasses and blue skies made the scene unforgettable.
Death Hollow Grassy Trail
Death Hollow Grassy Trail is typical going for hiker in this remote central Utah destination.
Cactus in Canyon
Cactus in Canyon: Pink-red fruit atop this prickly pear cactus.
Trees Akimbo to one another in the Death Hollow wilderness.
Twisted Dead Tree Purple Dawn
Twisted Dead Tree Purple Dawn in the Box Death Hollow wilderness. This sunrise greeted us on our first day of backpacking.
East of Warner Valley
May 2018: East of Warner Valley is a place called "Rattlesnake Ridge" by this photographer because I found a large rattlesnake a few minutes after taking this photograph. I lived to tell the tale.
Joe Blake's Wildflowers
April 2018: Joe Blake's Wildflowers are found on Joe Blake Hill (of course) in the rustic and remote northern Arizona Strip. Yellow wildflowers, lava rock and the painted sandstone colors intensify at dusk.
Joe Blake Hill Sunset
Joe Blake Hill Sunset: hard to find a prettier view than this one.
Half and Half
February 2018: Half and Half is famous among stones for the split personality with half being yellow and half being purple. The lines and stripes run through the stone and along in surrounding grounds. This amazing little stone is gorgeous!
Beaked Stone Monster
Beaked Stone Monster hangs over the hills and teepees of Coyote Buttes South.
White Barrel Wave Detail
White Barrel Wave Detail shows how fine and colorful the intricate patterns.
North and South Teepee Sunrise
North and South Teepee Sunrise: Nearby twin teepees of Coyote Buttes South catch the amber light of sunrise while the distant North Teepees glow in orange and red.
Colorful Candy Rocks
January 2018: Colorful Candy Rocks of Coyote Buttes South at the overlook at dawn.
Lines and Towers
Lines and Towers (Version 2) of Coyote Buttes South alternate yellow, orange, pink, red, salmon. The sunrise clouds are pink and the whole world is color and more color. It's a sensory overload and wonderful to witness.
High Country in Zion
High Country in Zion: some higher views of the West Temple cliffs are seen from teh Watchman trail on the east side of Zion Canyon. This is a great gem hike!
Hell Hole Canyon Beauty
March 2017: Hell Hole Canyon Beauty with blooming Spring trees and Cottonwoods in their greenery. This ominously named canyon is quite sublime in the cooler months.
Hobgoblin Mushroom at sunset.
Hobgoblin Pincer. This large stone shape is so weird and irregular. Here I captured the whole thing at sunset.
West Rim Trail Ascending
West Rim Trail Ascending towards the high cliffs in the distance. The ascent is the most amazing trail I've ever traveled.
West Rim Trail Trees and Cliffs
West Rim Trail Trees and Cliffs: The trees are one hundred feet high and almost match the serene heights of the cliffs.
West Rim Canyon Walls
West Rim Canyon Walls glow with beautiful reds, oranges and are highlighted by a few towering pine trees here and there. The highest point are more than 1000 above the canyon floor.
Dead Tree over West Rim Trail
Dead Tree over West Rim Trail, with Behunin Canyon far below. The vast view goes on forever.
Ridge Over Zion
Ridge Over Zion with Behunin Canyon on the far side and Heaps Canyon on the near side.
Tree Skeleton over West Rim Trail
Tree Skeleton over West Rim Trail: one of many burnt remains from a fire 10 years earlier. The twisted and complicated tree reaches roughly in all directions.