Bryce Tree

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A trail curves around a tree and along the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon in Utah.  I love early morning hikes, especially in national parks.  It often offers the best opportunities to enjoy the parks before all the people begin to come.  Mornings offer the chance to enjoy the quiet of nature, but also on special mornings the sunrise creates spectacular light shows.  This was taken as I was heading further down into the canyon just after the sun appeared over the horizon.  At the top of the canyon it was cold and windy, but as I made my way down the wind died down and the light created some great photographic opportunities around the rock formations.  If you take a trip to Bryce Canyon I highly recommend getting up early and heading down into the canyon.  Get in a short hike and some pictures, then go enjoy a nice warm breakfast.

Touch the Heavens

Touch the Heavens

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God.  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”   Anne Frank

Yosemite Bear

Bear

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

John Muir

A day after hiking up onto a bear in Yosemite I had a little more comfortable encounter with a male cinnamon black bear.  While driving the upper back country on our way out of Yosemite National Park we went on a little used back road this bear walked out in front of the vehicle.  I rolled down the back window and took a couple of shots as the bear slipped through the shadows of the forest.

The Perfect Seat

DSC_5500The perfect place to sit and enjoy the sunrise at the Grand Canyon.

Sunrise Over Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon sunriseAfter hiking down into the canyon a little before light I was able to photograph a beautiful sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park.  This was shooting away from the sun as the light bounced off of the clouds from a passing storm.

Looking for a View

Looking for a View

Taken at Arches National Park.  A visitor takes a photograph looking from the North Window View Arch.