A hoodoo is a spire of rock that protrudes from the ground up. The word “hoodoo” is derived from a traditional African American spirituality and relates to working with roots. Hoodoos are found throughout the world, but nowhere more visited than those in Bryce Canyon in U\southern Utah. This small, only 56 sq miles, national park was named after the Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce when it became a national park in 1928. It is a very unique place, from the plateau you view 3 states with up to 200 miles of visibility. Pictures cannot do it justice, the formations are so chiseled and un-uniform that it is hard to photograph. So far this has been my only visit and we only had half a day to visit this park. It is actually just up the road from Zion National Park and about 5 hours from Moab and Arches National park. You can view the hoodoos from the top or hike down to the bottom for a whole different perspective. We were on a time crunch and there was some construction /repairs due to some heavy rains so I did not get to hike down. Planning a trip later this year for a week to hit all the parks within 5 or 6 hours. As a side note, 2 amazing things happened that day while I was there. The first one happened while sitting with about 30 other during a park rangers presentation about the mountain lions and big cats in the area. About middle way through, a little girl shouts “look at that big kitty”. We all look over and some type of big cat was literally within 30 feet of us in the brush, The commotion must have startled it, because we didn’t get a good look to see exactly what it was. Very exciting! The second one was when I was first walking into the park through the parking lot. I saw a car that was exactly like a car that I had sold to a teacher that lives in Indiana about 5 years prior. As we got closer, I saw that it had Indian license plates on it. My girlfriend said I was nuts, that it was not the same car.. An hour later someone calls out my name, I turn around and there is the guy that I sold the car to, what are the odds of that? We talked a bit and he told me that he had suffered a minor brain aneurism a year before which he had fully recovered from. This is a young guy, not even 30 yet. He said that he promised himself if he pulled through it that he would change the way he lived his life and would visit every national park in the U.S, something he had always dreamed of doing. So he packed up the car with his tent, sleeping bag,etc.. and hit the road. Sorry to be so long winded , but for only a half day trip it was a great day to be alive.
No big story on this post, just some gorgeous colors to brighten your day. One of my goals this year is to start learning the names of all the flowers that I photograph. People will sometimes see one of my floral prints and ask me what kind of flower it is and I feel silly for not knowing. Hope everyone has a great Sunday!
Since I am trying to fight off the winter doldrums with colorful photos, how about some beautiful birds? I have a lot of respect for birders and bird photographers. Such patience, such dedication.. both of which I am too short of to be good at birding. Although I really never set out to take photos of birds, I do enjoy it when the opportunity pops up. These are a few of the ones I have shot through the years. First one was taken on a boat off of Key Largo in the Florida Keys. The second was taken on Santa Monica beach in California (more shots from Santa Monica to come soon). And the last one was taken in St Louis, Mo at the zoo there. We have a lot of hawks, owls and even bald eagles in my area, so keep following for some raptor pics. I hope you enjoy these that I have posted.
It is a very gloomy day here in central Illinois, Mr Sun hasn’t poked his head through the winter clouds for over a week. Just gray,cold and gloomy 😦 Posting some purple to brighten my day and hopefully yours. It is several months until spring, I hope I have enough photos to get me through the hard times.. hahaha.. Everybody have a great Sunday!!!
I shot this photo while visiting Arches National Park a few years ago. The park is amazing, if you like hiking, photography, yoga,whatever… this is a the place to be. Hiking trails for every level of hiker abound and the scenery is breathtaking. While I was there it started snowing really huge flakes for about 15 minutes. This is one of the shots I took while it was snowing. I added some HDR effect to the final print. This print looks amazing on metallic paper in a large format.
On a side note, a guy from google earth was hiking the trails with the 360 degree camera strapped to the top of his head on a helmet recording for the website. I looked for myself on google earth but didn’t see me.. hahaha
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The beautiful dexterous Iris. Not only one of the most beautiful flowering plants on the planet, it is also one of the most versatile. It takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colors found among the many species. There are over 260 species of Iris and they are found throughout the world. In additiona to their beauty, parts of the plants are used for many purposes including: – Source of the anti-cancer principle Irisquinone effective against U14 and Lymph sarcoma and some other cancers – The roots of some species are used for water purification -Rhizomes of the German Iris and Sweet Iris are traded as orris root and are used in perfume and medicine, though more common in ancient times than today. Today Iris essential oil (absolute) from flowers are sometimes used in aromatherapy as sedative medicines. The dried rhizomes are also given whole to babies to help in teething. Gin brands such as Bombay Sapphire and Magellan Gin use orris root and sometimes iris flowers for flavor and color. – The yellow fleur-de-lis reflects the Yellow Iris, common in Western Europe. Contemporary uses can be seen in the Quebec flag and the logo of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team, and on the flag of Saint Louis, Missouri. – The red fleur-de-lis is the coat-of-arms of Florence (Italy) -The Purple Iris is the State Flower of Tennessee As you can see the Iris is much more than just a pretty face. I am not an Iris expert, but they are first flowers I look for when I visit new botanical gardens. Their beauty (and usefullness) is unsurpassed in the flower kingdom.
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