Sacred Spot for sitting and reflection.
Right Fork Oasis and Waterfall
Right Fork Oasis and Waterfall: this panorama shows a beautiful spot in the stream with boulders, a waterfall, pools, and green cottonwood branches growing over everything.
Kenutu Jungle Trees
Nuku Palm Trees
Nuku Palm Trees and yuccas on the beach.
Lower Yellowstone Falls and Slanted Tree
Lower Yellowstone Falls and Slanted Tree on left.
Hell Hole Canyon
Hell Hole Canyon in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.
Towering Tree On White Cliff
Towering Tree On White Cliff: another view of incredible nature along the West Rim Trail
Inclined Temple and Dead Tree
Inclined Temple and Dead Tree at dawn.
Pocket of Fall Color
Pocket of Fall Color in the rocks on the far left. Autumn comes to the high Utah mountains at Lake Blanche.
Barrel Cactus and Ocotillo
Barrel Cactus and Ocotillo overlooking a palm tree oasis in the Anza-Borrego desert
Mountain Palm Spring Oasis
Mountain Palm Spring Oasis in the canyon of the same name. Over each ridge, one can find more life in this hot land.
Ocotillo Fountain: This tall ocotillo shoots up above 12 feet before spreading its' tendrils into a fountain shape.
Herald of Autumn Arrival
Herald of Autumn Arrival: mix of green and yellow.
Coconut Tree Sprout
September 2017: Coconut Tree Sprout taking hold in the beach of Taunga. The smaller island of Ngau stands in the background. This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited.
Bonsaii Tree of Tonga
Bonsaii Tree of Tonga. Kenutu, Vava'u
Palm Tree on Deserted Island
Palm Tree on Deserted Island of Nuku, Tonga
November 2008: Aspen Trio, a.k.a. Aspens Dancing
Spring Cottonwood in Desert
Spring Cottonwood in Desert of Hell Hole canyon.
West Rim Trail through Bushes
West Rim Trail through Bushes in a shady part of the adventure.
West Rim Trail Sunset Scene
West Rim Trail Sunset Scene with extraordinary beauty. A tall solitary tree stands out on a slope with distant cliffs. They catch and mild glowing light of the golden sunset hour.
Yellow Leaf Aspen
Yellow Leaf Aspen at Lake Blanche, Wasatch Mountains, Utah.
Gordon Smith in Mountain Palm Canyon
Gordon Smith in Mountain Palm Canyon, hiking around the desert in February.
Mountain Palm Spring Canyon
Mountain Palm Spring Canyon with beautiful ocotilo plants all over the hills.
Barrel Cacti Group
Barrel Cacti Group about to flower.
Two Yellow Leaves
Two Yellow Leaves fallen on the ashen ground.
Barrier Falls, Zion
Barrier Falls, Zion's Right Fork. This section of North Creek is lush, green, wet, beautiful and makes for a very long day of exploration. To see this beauty is a journey and adventure!
Tonga Tree with Many Arms
Tonga Tree with Many Arms reminds me of the Joshua Trees in California.
Pigs of Tonga
Pigs of Tonga, eating coconuts
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.
December 2016: West Rim Trail Sunset Scene with extraordinary beauty. A tall solitary tree stands out on a slope with distant cliffs. They catch and mild glowing light of the golden sunset hour.
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.
Burnt Log at Sunset
Burnt Log at Sunset on a lonely slope on Zion's high West Rim Trail.
Sundial Peak and Meadow
Sundial Peak and Meadow: Taken at sunset, this pictures of Sundial Peak includes beautiful blue skies. If you look carefully, there is a moose sitting in the meadow, left of center.
Round Boulder in Palm Oasis
Round Boulder in Palm Oasis in the Mountain Palm Canyon of Anza Borrego Desert. These thriving palms defie the desert conditions by finding water underground, water that never comes to the surface. They are as amazing as they are beautiful!
Group of 3 Cacti
Group of 3 Cacti in Mountain Palm Canyon, a remote but beautiful part of Anza Borrego desert. Deep underground water is here and forms a little oasis.
Red Sunrise Anza Borrego
Red Sunrise Anza Borrego: it just feels nuclear to see clouds like this in the desert. Gotta' love it.
Path of Palmyra
Path of Palmyra into the forest and groves
Roots and Vines
Roots and Vines found on island of Kenutu, Tonga.
Ofu Tree on the West Shore
Tonga Beach and Fisherman's Boat
Tonga Beach and Fisherman's Boat. The fabulous blue waters off the powder beach make Tonga one of the most beautiful places I've visited. A small local fisherman's boat sits anchored off the beach.
Utah's Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
Utah's Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is a relatively unknown but beautiful land. Trees bloom in the desert canyons in wonderful silence.
Hermitage Woods Trail
Hermitage Woods Trail is enchanting, mystical and inviting. I loved wandering on this easy and delightful trail. The tall trees are gorgeous!
Dead Tree over West Rim Trail
Dead Tree over West Rim Trail, with Behunin Canyon far below. The vast view goes on forever.
Glowing Tree Silhouettte
Glowing Tree Silhouettte at sunset along the West Rim Trail
Walking Through Aspens
Walking Through Aspens on the hike in the Wasatch Mountains up to Lake Blanche. The trail climbs steeply for 2.8 miles, passing pines and aspens until reaching a sublime lake.
Palm Trees in Desert Canyon
Palm Trees in Desert Canyon: some are 30 years old while the shorter tree in the front is about 10.
Two Barrel Cacti
Two Barrel Cacti with a distant palm tree just visible. The rocky canyons of Anza-Borrego are full of surprising life.
Pink Desert Sunrise
Pink Desert Sunrise in the Anza Borrego Wilderness. This is one of the most remote and untouched pieces of land. The Ocotillo plants dominate a wonderful landscape!
Walk through Palmyra
Walk through Palmyra woods strewn with leaves.
Kenutu Exploring: for such a small island, there are so many plants.
Sailing in Vava'u
Sailing in Vava'u includes wonderful anchorages like this one!
Lower Yellowstone Falls through Trees
Lower Yellowstone Falls through Trees, framing this classic. Lovely blue skies with a few scattered clouds add to the scenery.
Hell Hole Landscape
Hell Hole Landscape from the end of the canyon
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.
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.
Lonely Tree in high Zion
Lonely Tree in high Zion up by the Lava Point campground where the West Rim Trail begins.
Ocotillos Spreading their branches in all directions. Some of these wonderful plants are over 15 feet tall.
Boulder and Palm Oasis
Boulder and Palm Oasis within Anza Borrego desert wilderness.
Palm Tree Debris
Palm Tree Debris: some tree debris fallen from these tall palms in the Anza-Borrego desert.
Ocotillo Alone in the Desert Wilderness