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Where Will The Rainbow Lead You?

The Perfect Ending To A Great Day In Bryce Canyon

A perfect end to a perfect day in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Where, indeed, will that rainbow’s end find you?  I’m hoping for more photographic adventure (ok, and maybe gainful employment, too, once I get to central Washington).

I’ve been staying in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, for the past couple of days.  Every afternoon, sometimes starting as early as 12 noon, the monsoon rains would drift through, either where I was, or far off into the distance.  For this photo, the rain had just left the Bryce Canyon Lodge area and I knew there would be some great stormclouds in the distant scenery.  So, I hotfooted it to the Rim Trail in the Sunset Point area and sure enough, there was a combination of sun and stormclouds and, to my delight, a beautlful rainbow, as well.

Heading out of Bryce Canyon today and on to Park City, UT, where I will finally get to meet face-to-face, the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the National Parks Traveler, Kurt Repanshek.  I’ve been contributing articles and photos to the Traveler since 2012, but we’ve only ever communicated via email (mainly) and telephone (sporadically).

After spending the day in Park City, it’s on to Jackson WY and then to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks, where I will spend time wandering and photographing before arriving at the end point in central Washington.

See you up the road!

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

Note:  This was written yesterday but it turns out the spotty internet at Bryce Canyon Lodge was just not strong enough to upload everything.  So, a day late with this post.

 

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Looking Out Over Blue Mesa Trail

Looking Over Blue Mesa Trail

Looking over Blue Mesa Trail, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
 
I spent the day in the park, yesterday. It was a dry heat (grin). This place is pretty amazing. Oh, there are no mountains or rivers or streams, and I saw very little wildlife (a dear, a bunny, and a raven). The the geology is really cool. I mean, think about it a moment: this place, once a swampy area with tall, thick trees and dinosaurs, is now a semi-arid (felt totally arid, to me) land with the petrified (agatized) remains of fallen trees. The conditions at the time had to be just right in order to petrify the swaths of logs you can see from your car window and from the hiking trails.
 
This image was captured at a view area overlooking the Blue Mesa trail and surrounding scenery. The rocks really *are* blue (and purple, mauve, beige and buff), with fallen logs, many longer than I am tall with a girth of 2-4 ft.
 
If you ever have the chance to visit this national park, you can see it in a day, although I always advocate maybe 1-1/2 to 2 days exploring. The first thing you should do when the park opens up at 7am is to hightail it out to the Blue Mesa Trail to hike it when it’s coolest and when the sunlight is angled just right.
 
Now, it’s on to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
 
Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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Getting Close To The Edge

Getting Closer To The Edge

Close to the edge at Scouts Lookout, Zion National Park, Utah

There have been more than a few times when I’ve gotten “close to the edge,” but that’s been a 9-to-5 work thing as opposed to literally being close to the edge as in this shot.

I have a fear of heights. Of course, this generally doesn’t stop me, as you can see in this photo; when I am focused on photography, my fear dissipates. However, this mild acrophobia gives me a healthy awareness of my abilities and limitations, since I have rheumatoid arthritis and also am not the most sure-footed of creatures. In this instance, I stopped at Scouts Lookout and did NOT finish that last .5 mile to Angels Landing. I knew my physical limitations (mental ones, too) and knew I could not go any further with all the stuff I was lugging with me. And I was (and am) totally fine with that. I still remember my legs shaking just a little bit, from both the uphill climb as well as the fact that the rocks tilt a little bit in the Scouts Lookout area and it’s a lonnnnnng way down. Heck, I was thrilled I’d made it that far, having come from sea level elevation 2 days prior.

Moral of the story:  you may not always be able to (or want to) reach the very end, for whatever reason, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come away with some cool experiences/photography along the way there and back.

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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10 Best Parks For Traffic Jams

Steam On The St Mary River

A little cool-weather morning steam atop the Saint Mary River in Glacier National Park

Hey folks!  School is out and summer is on!  If you are planning a national park trip for some amazing scenery, fresh air and a little photography (of course), then click on the photo above to be taken to the article in the National Parks Traveler listing the 10 parks with the heaviest traffic jams.  You’ll read what to expect and solutions to your traffic jam headaches.

 

 

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Two Point-And-Shoots And A Smartphone

Winter Sunset Over The Watchman

This past February, 2018, I traveled to Zion National Park, Utah, for a little less than a week.  During that time, I utilized not only my SLRs, but also a couple of point-and-shoot cameras, as well as my iPhone 8.  I published an article about using these in the National Parks Traveler to show people that you can achieve lovely national park photos using any camera, as long as you put a little thought into your composition.  I also provided some tips and techniques to try out.  Click on the photo above to read the article.

 

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Within And Beyond National Park Boundaries

The View Framed By Mesa Arch

The view beyond Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah

This morning’s “Featured Story” in the National Parks Traveler deals with an interview I held with Kate Cannon, superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group.  I spoke with Superintendent Cannon during the first week of January while I was in Utah, photographing in both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

To read the article, click on the photo to be taken to the site.

 

 

 

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Winter In Glacier National Park – A Preview

Afternoon At Lake McDonald

An afternoon view from the south end of Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana.

Call this post a preview of my MLK-weekend trip to Montana and Glacier National Park.  I’ll have a longer, different version published in February in the National Parks Traveler.

In a roundabout way, I owe this 3-day jaunt (not counting the day to get there and the day to return to TX) to my company taking away a “floating holiday” (to be used at each employee’s discretion).  I always used those floating holidays  in conjunction with a planned vacation.  In return, the company gave to us what the masses apparently wanted:  Martin Luther King Day.

Hey, I have absolutely nothing against MLK day.  A holiday is a holiday.  But I much preferred that floating holiday to use as I wished, versus a “fixed” holiday.  So, I decided in an I’ll-show-them sort of way to take a long weekend and head on out someplace away from Texas (all of my vacations are taken away from this state in which I’d rather not be).  I’d been hankering for some winter weather, instead of the humid 78-degree weather here in SE Texas (I want my winters to look and feel like winter, dammit).  To that end, I flew to Montana and snow shoed in Glacier National Park.

It was heaven on earth, despite the sub-zero temps.

Frost On The Tripod

-4 degrees F and frost on the tripod.

Icy Color

Colorful icicles off the side of Hwy 2 just before entering Hungry Horse, on the way to the park.

Icicles

Some very long icicles at the West Glacier entrance to the park.  I look like a bright pink beluga whale but I’m definitely warm.

Moonset On Lake McDonald

Moon set during the pre-dawn hours at Lake McDonald.  It was silent except for the ice cracking and the distant hooting of an owl.

Icy Morning

The look of sub-zero at Lake McDonald.

Sunrise Over Lake McDonald II

A frosty sunrise at Lake McDonald.  The mountains were still in hiding that morning.

Little BirdiesDeer In The RoadSnow Path Along The Shorelinen6a1458_snow-path-through-the-tall-trees

Scenes while snow shoeing near Lake McDonald Lodge in the park.  The lodge was as far as the Going-To-The-Sun Road was open.

Lake McDonald Afternoon Reflection IILake McDonald Winter Reflections

Late afternoon brought out the mountains, along with some clear skies and lake reflections.

So, thank you, Company, for the MLK Day, because if you had not taken away a floating holiday and given us this day off instead, I doubt I would have given second thought to a deep-winter photography trip to Glacier National Park.  And that would have been a shame.

Evening Blues And Pinks

Good night, Glacier National Park.  See you in September 2017.

 

 

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