Cactus and Stone Creek
Cactus and Stone Creek: a perfect pair in the Grand Canyon.
Travertine Waterfall: a cone of travertine has grown as this waterfall has poured over the stone for ages. It has created a very symmetric and aesthetic shape.
Remote Reflections: a difficult but rewarding hike to Stone Creek ends in this spectacular waterfall in a moss and fern covered slot canyon.
Glow Wall Glow
Glow Wall Glow: upper reaches of this Grand Canyon hike end with a massive glowing wall.
Grand Canyon Classic View
Grand Canyon Classic View taken from Nankoweap Canyon at a high perch. The redwall and muav limestone layers create immense beauty.
Brittlebush Bloom and Grand Canyon
Brittlebush Bloom and Grand Canyon: spring bloom especially good in this wet year 2019. Here near Saddle Canyon, wildflowers carpeted every crevice and made the canyon especially beautiful.
Saddle Canyon Terminus
Saddle Canyon Terminus: climbing up a small waterfall, I saw a gorgeous narrow waterfall dropping from shelf to shelf to end this great river hike.
Buck Farm Narrows Chockstone
Buck Farm Narrows Chockstone ends the wonderful hike in a quiet Zen experience with trickling water, wet toes and green ferns.
Redwall Cavern Depths
Redwall Cavern Depths: The enormity of Redwall Cavern cannot be experienced without a personal visit. I think it's the biggest sandbox in the world. Its' beauty and peace is remarkable.
High Water, Low Angle
April 2019: High Water, Low Angle: getting down low to photograph a seasonal but beautiful waterfall set in a rocky canyon. Another beauty of southern Utah.
Rock Creek Waterfall and Canyon
Rock Creek Waterfall and Canyon with tall dark cliffs and gorgeous waterfalls.
Water Cutting Stone
Water Cutting Stone as this Gunlock Waterfall cuts through the cliff and down to a deep pool below.
Twisted Stick at Gunlock Waterfall
Twisted Stick at Gunlock Waterfall: Amazing waterfalls form at Gunlock Reservoir after a heavy rain or rapid snowmelt.
Gunlock Waterfall at Sunset
March 2019: Gunlock Waterfall at Sunset: West Mountain in the distance is covered with melting snow. The slanted slickrock forms a sliding waterfall in beautiful surroundings.
Contemplation Couple: a couple stop on the bridge in the middle of a snowstorm deep in Zion Canyon.
Icicles Hanging in Zion Grotto
Icicles Hanging in Zion Grotto: where ever a drip would happen in summertime, an icicle appears in winter.
Snowy Zion Bench
February 2019: Snowy Zion Bench near the Emerald Pools
The Lovely Wall
The Lovely Wall: pretty trees, ferns and grasses grow along the banks in this slot canyon. Death Hollow is a gorgeous trip.
Serene Canyon: a peaceful section of Death Hollow.
Dead Tree, Death Hollow
Dead Tree in Death Hollow lower section
A Splendid Canyon
A Splendid Canyon: Death Hollow slot canyon offers a little bit of everything including this wonderful creekside view.
Plunge Pool in Death Hollow
Majestic Death Hollow Canyon
August 2018: Majestic Death Hollow Canyon: the stream has volcanic boulders, the cliffs are enormous white, the grass and trees thrive in this oasis. This is a gorgeous destination for any off-the-beaten-path adventurer.
High Waterfall and Steam
June 2018: High Waterfall and Steam: the distant Hellhole canyon waterfall creates a delightful summer stream when it rains with smaller waterslides and waterfalls.
Rock with a View
Rock with a View overlooking the Grand Canyon from Toroweap.
Looking Over a Billion Years
Looking Over a Billion Years: gazing into the Grand Canyon involves looking down but also looking back into the past of the Earth. A lone woman sits at Toroweap gazing down at sunset.
March 2018: Deep Toroweap. The 3,000 foot drop at Toroweap inspires and frightens. The edge of the cliff looks straight down to the Colorado River below. Red cliffs, beautiful skies and fine details in the foreground show all the details of landscape photography.
Toroweap Classic View
Toroweap Classic View upsteam as the Colorado River bends its' way deeper into the Grand Canyon.
Virgin Springs of the Narrows
November 2016: Virgin Springs of the Narrows: Big Spring is 4 miles up the wet trail but this spring is surrounded by ferns and flowers.
Clear Water from Big Springs
Clear Water from Big Springs flows into the Virgin River.
Big Springs in the Narrows
Big Springs in the Narrows has two large gushing water sources coming out of the cliff rock and creating a small oasis on the side of the river.
Chip off the Old Block
Chip off the Old Block: a smaller submerged rock in the Virgin River Narrows stands near a large boulder in the middle of the River.
Virgin River Through the Trees
Virgin River Through the Trees in the main canyon of Zion.
Grass Beside the Falls
Grass Beside the Falls at Double Falls and Pool
Behind Double Falls
Behind Double Falls in Zion Right Fork. My hiking/life companion sits on a rock on the far side of the pool.
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Autumn Trees in Virgin River Narrows are yellow, green and stunning. The river curves coolly through the rocks as orange reflected light falls into the canyon.
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