Monday, December 30, 2013

"Palouse swirl" By Robert Park

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Palouse swirl Eastern Washington’s Palouse is a farmland reminiscent of Tuscany that is filled with countless miles of undulating pastures and clean air. I felt a peaceful calm driving through the area and was captivated by the interaction of the clouds and the land. Palouse Swirl captures an almost Yin and Yang nature that the land imparts on travelers who take the time to notice. Location Palouse, Eastern Washington State © Robert Park

Sunday, December 29, 2013

'LAYERS IN TIME' Palouse Falls" By Robert Park

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Eastern Washington State
When I was on location in eastern Washington I had heard of a waterfall and canyon in what seemed to be a land of soft rolling plains. When I came to Palouse Falls I was awestruck by a sweeping vista that seemed to peel back layers of time. I knew that a long exposure in the twilight hour would reveal the layer upon layer that the vista before me presented.

Monday, November 18, 2013

"Frontier Life"Grand Tetons National Park By Robert

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“Frontier Life”
One of my favorite destinations in Grand Tetons is to take a trip into Jackson Hole’s past at Mormon Row, a historic homesteading site in Grand Tetons National Park where original cabins, barns and other structures still stand watch at the base of the Tetons, conjuring up visions of early life on the frontier poised against the perfect backdrop of the Grand Tetons.
location: Grand Tetons National Park,
© Robert Park

Monday, September 30, 2013

"Serpentine Dune The silence, stillness, unending sense of curves and the feeling of nothingness out in the distants.

The silence, stillness, unending sense of curves and the feeling of nothingness out in the distant horizon are the elements that leave the biggest impression when hiking the big dunes. You don’t realize just how big the dunes are until you trek out beyond the foot prints and tracks that are left behind by day hikers. When you get into the dunes the silence is meditative and you begin to see in sweeping forms and swirling mountains of sand. I was struck by the lines before me in a serpentine form and I decided to make this my final destination as going forward would have tracked the dunes and marred the simplicity of the landscape. © Robert Park

Monday, September 23, 2013

"Star Gaze" Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizon A masterpiece of a lonely rock waiting for the stars to come out at sunset

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Star Gazer” The Vermillion Cliffs are one of my favorite places in the world. It is a land of wonders and geological oddities coupled with the high Colorado plateaus. With a stunning clarity of air and light, this area offers absolutely wondrous sunsets, sunrises, and landscape possibilities. Rare Spring storms brought clouds to the Paria Plateau giving the sunset a sense of magic and drama. I had pre-visualized this image and when I had seen the storms clearing I drove three and a half hours straight to the plateau, through the treacherous sand, just to get to this area. After three days of camping in the remote wilderness with the glory of nature open to me, I was able to create this masterpiece of a lonely rock waiting for the stars to come out at sunset. Location: The Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona. © Robert Park

Monday, September 16, 2013

"First Light Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah "By Robert Park Thor’sHammer, The Hunter

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Thor’s Hammer, The Hunter, Thirty to forty million years ago this rock was “born” in an ancient lake that covered much of Western Utah. The primary weathering force at Bryce Canyon is frost wedging which creates mazes of abstract cities and figures. I planned my arrival at Bryce to place the rising sun behind The Hammer so the silhouette would block the sun bringing the glowing light bounced off the canyon walls. © Robert Park"

Monday, September 9, 2013

"Reflections on The Yellowstone" Yellowston e National Park, WY The banks of the Yellowstone river are lined with trees that struggle to survive in the volcanic remnant hillsides

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The banks of the Yellowstone river are lined with trees that struggle to survive in the volcanic remnant hillsides. Drawn to the abstract serenity of the morning light on the river, I created this impression of life on the riverbanks. Location Yellowstone RIver , Yellowstone National Park, WY © Robert Park

Monday, September 2, 2013

"Truckin" Joshua Tree National Park A Dead Head fan was out for amorning jog. By Robert Park

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"Truckin" Grateful Dead Head Cholla, Joshua Tree NP I was photographing sunrise backlit cholla in Joshua Tree this winter and while I was entranced by the glowing backlighting effect I was unaware that this Dead Head fan was out for a morning jog. He looked at me saying "Dude That's An Awesome Camera" and ran off, but not before I got an image off. © RobertPark

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Subway is a mysterious keyhole slot in the west fork of the NorthCreek in Zion National Park.

The Subway is a mysterious keyhole slot in the west fork of the North Creek in Zion National Park.
It is a very strenuous and slippery nine mile round trip that few people ever get to see.
The pools get their color from the algae that thrive in the cold water that never sees sunlight
For most of the year.
Location The Subway, Zion National Park, UT. © Robert Park

Monday, August 19, 2013

"Metlako Falls" is a waterfall on Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Hood River County, Oregon,

"Metlako Falls" The falls drop out of narrow, calm pool, and thunder into an impressive gorge. Though the falls are usually cited as being of a Plunge form, because of the narrow constriction, the fire hosing tendency of the water as it drops over the lip of the cliff, as well as the obvious depth of the pool at the base of the falls. © Robert Park

Monday, August 12, 2013

"Ponytail Falls" An elegant waterfall that gracefully drops into a shallow pool in Columbia Gorge, Oregon

"Ponytail Falls"By Robert Park by Robert Park Photography
"Ponytail Falls"  a photo by Robert Park Photography on Flickr.
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“Ponytail Falls”
Also called Upper Horsetail Falls, Ponytail falls emerges from two rounded faces of volcanic rock and gracefully drops into a shallow pool. I wanted to portray the gracefulness and serenity of this waterfall so I got down low into the stream where moss covered boulders dominated the foreground. the slow shutter speed and graceful lines in extract an elegance that is timeless.
Location Columbia Gorge, Oregon
© Robert Park

Monday, July 29, 2013

"Forest-Spirit Zion National Park, Utah" By Robert Park

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As my Jeep climbed the long road to the Kolob plateau section of Zion Ithe road began to disappear in a dense cloud of fog and evenually we were enveloped in snow as the car pushed higher. I reached the summit to find the snowy fog moving through the edge of the forest. Like a silent spirit moving through the trees, the fog began to reveal the forest. I was moved by this stand of trees that seemed inhabited and covered in a fresh dusting of powdery snow. Location Zion National Park, Utah
© RobertPark

Monday, July 22, 2013

"Awakening" Antelope Canyon, By Robert Park http;

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“Awakening” Antelope Canyon is one of the most famous and most photographed canyons on earth. It is beautiful - you gasp with wonder when you see sunlight dancing on the canyon’s sculpted walls as it picks up the red color and creates an etherial glow. The beams of light come from small cracks at the top as the sun passes overhead during certain times of the day and year. The beams do not last very long and will actually move across the width of the floor before your eyes until the beam disappears lasting a few minutes. You don’t really hike through it, you descend down ladders into it and wonder. It is extremely beautiful, with just the right combination of depth, width, length, rock color and ambient light. It is challenging to photograph here but if you are properly prepared and experienced, the results can be beyond words. It is a must, to experience this location of natural sculpture and glowing canyon walls of sandstone at least once in your lifetime. Location Antelope Canyon, © RobertPark

Monday, July 15, 2013

"Sculptural Elegance" By Robert Park Metate Arch The span itself is only about a foot wide, and rounded on top…

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Sculptural Elegance” Metate Arch — Easy to find and drive to, near the beginning of the famous Hole-in-the-Rock Road out of the town of Escalante, this pretty little arch gets lots of visitors compared to the nearby ones down in the canyons. The two-tone coloration of the left column is unusual and attractive. The span itself is only about a foot wide, and rounded on top… located in Devil’s Garden on the Hole-in- the-Rock Road in Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument, Utah. © Robert Park

Monday, July 8, 2013

"Toroweap Point"Grand Canyon National Park By Robert Park

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Toroweap Point" Toroweap Point offers the most magnificent view in the entire Grand Canyon. The view is dramatic because the cliff is nearly vertical, dropping almost straight down some 3,000 feet to the Colorado River. The viewpoint offers a dramatic view of the middle part of the Grand Canyon National Park. © Robert Park

Monday, July 1, 2013

"Horseshoe Bend" By Robert Park

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Horseshoe Bend’” I have photographed this area numerous times, yet the sense of drama, space, and magic had eluded me for many years due to the deep canyon and harsh light of the desert. I had envisioned a twilight image with streams of light cascading across the sky, giving a soft gentle glow to the deep gorge that lay ahead of me. I spent four nights in Page, Arizona waiting on the edge of a storm until the conditions were correct. On the third day a light snowfall precluded a successful image, however on the last day the storm began to clear. Beautiful threads of light and clouds streamed across the sky, while the foreground basked in the radiant glow. It was then that I created Horseshoe Bend. Located at Page, Arizona. © Robert Park

Monday, June 24, 2013

"Plateau Rising" By Robert Park

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"Plateau Rising'"... Horse Shoe Bend is another of Mother Nature's little tricks in a whole world of sandstone and slick rock tricks that result in some of the weirdest, and neatest, formations in the west. Located at Page, Arizona. © Robert Park

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Patriarch" Grand Tetons National Park By Robert

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Patriarch" The old “Patriarch Tree” in Grand Tetons National Park is one of the most iconic images of the park, but it is seldom photographed due to the remoteness and grizzly bears that inhabit the terrain in the area. This was one of the most thrilling photographs I ever created as my senses were on full alert as I hiked through the land well before dawn to position myself alone in the woods. There is an artful play of form that the Patriarch tree has as it seems to “Pose” for you with the Tetons in the distance. The warm toned B&W gives the timeless compliment to this ancient park dweller. LOCATION: The Grand Tetons © RobertPark

Monday, June 10, 2013

"PT Sublime" By Grand Canyon, National Park By Robert Park

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PT Sublime Point Sublime is a seldom visited spectacle on the North Rim. It is a treacherous 17 mile high clearance Jeep trail that rewards you at the end of the road with Point Sublime, an isolated peninsula utterly surrounded by the canyo n and monuments. I travel there in late August to capture monsoons in the canyons. Choosing a vantage point that gave the sensation of depth and space, I waited as the sun set and the sky and canyon lit up. It doesn’t take much imagination to see where this remote point got it’s name from as It was simply a sublime experience. Location: Point Sublime, Grand Canyon, NP © RobertPark

Monday, May 27, 2013

"Tranquil Tides" By Robert Park

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Tranquil Tides” The scenic beauty of the seastacks offshore and headlands onshore make your stroll down the sand particularly memorable at Canon Beach . Fly a kite, watch the sea creatures in the tidepools, or take in a sunset on the famous Haystack Rocks. Relaxing on the beach is part of the Cannon Beach experience. The area is protected as part of the
"Tranquil Tides"
Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge as well as a designated National Wilderness Area. I had envisioned a spectacular sunset on the black sand beaches however when I saw the reflections in the wet sand as the waves receded I was compelled by this most peaceful scene. Waiting for just the right moment when the receding tide and reflection was perfect I exposed my film and knew I had captured something monumental. Located in Oregon. © Robert Park

Monday, May 20, 2013

"White House Ruins"By Robert Park

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“White House Ruins” The White House Ruins are located within protected Navajo land and you must be accompanied by a guide to explore the area. The ruins sit in harmony within the desert varnish of the sheer faced cliff walls of the canyon, giving the ancient structure a sense of drama and timeless elegance. Location: Canyon De Chelly National Monument in Southern Arizona © Robert Park

Monday, May 13, 2013

"Mystic Portal" ByRobert Park

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Mystic Portal Location Chaco Culture, New Mexico The center of an ancient worldChaco Canyon was an important Anasazi (ancient Native American) cultural center from about 900 through 1130 AD. It is a place that is to be sensed as much as seen. Of all the ancient, sacred sites I visited in the Southwest, this is the one that speaks to me like no other. No language doesn't exist that can adequately describe the experience you must experience your self. © RobertPark

Monday, May 6, 2013

"Eternity"Grand Canyon National Park By Robert Park

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Toroweap Point is a truly remote spot of the Grand Canyon located at the end of a 60 mile dirt road. Once there you can camp just a few hundred feet from the sheer cliffs of the Grand Canyon within an established campsite. This image was created one evening, while camping in solitude at Toroweap. The sun was cresting the horizon at sunset while the clouds began to clear—dramatic
beams of light cascaded down the canyon—allowing a beautiful starburst to be created in the camera lens. Toroweap Point drops almost 3,000 feet straight down to the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, offering breath-taking views and a sense of exhilaration that is unmatched anywhere else in the canyon.
Location: Toroweap Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
© Robert Park

Monday, April 29, 2013

"Temples Of Kolob" Zion National Park" By Robert Park

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"Temples Of Kolob" Zion National Park" By Robert Park
The Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park is one of the most conveniently located national park areas in all of Utah. Located just off Interstate 15, these spectacular finger canyons of Zion offers soaring cliffs of red Navajo sandstone and deep pocket canyons just waiting to be discovered. Kolob may be the little known portion of Zion National Park but that doesn't mean i
t is not as spectacular as the main canyons of Zion proper. Kolob is home to a unique geological history and diverse animal and plant life. The scenery is stunning and provides visitors with peaceful and serene surroundings unmatched by any other National Park in the southwest. The word "Kolob" is from Mormon scripture meaning "residence closest to heaven." Visit Kolob Canyon and see for yourself. Kolob Canyons is a beautiful place to tour throughout the year. In the winter, the red Navajo sandstone glimmers with a fresh dusting of snow and in the spring the waterfalls cascade down the rugged cliffs, streaking them black from the run-off. Wildflowers bloom in abundance during the summer, and with the coming of utumn, the yellow-gold leaves of the valley's scrub oak offers an interesting contrast to the vast scenery.
Location: Kolob Finger Canyons, Zion National Park
© RobertPark

Monday, April 22, 2013

"Impressions" Death Valley National Park, California." By Robert Park

"Impressions" Death Valley National Park, California." By Robert Park by Robert Park Photography
 a photo by Robert Park Photography on Flickr.
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"Impressions of Monet" Inspired by the great master impressionist, this is a study in simplicity and elegance. I had pre visualized this artwork and was able to bring together the elements of selective focus with exposure to isolate and bring forth the painterly look of the motion blurred reflections on the water and the lone blooming lily. There is a timeless appeal that is manifested in Impressions of Monet that pays tribute to the master. Location Death Valley National Park, California."
© RobertPark

Monday, April 15, 2013

"Great Streaked"Burr Trail, Utah By Robert Park My favorite feature is the enormous sandstone cliffs with their beautiful desert patina varnish.

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Great Streaked The Burr Trail takes the adventurous traveler into some of Utah’s most beautiful and extraordinary country with views of the Henry Mountains, the colorfully contorted Waterpocket Fold, red Circle Cliffs, and Long Canyon. My favorite feature is the enormous sandstone cliffs with their beautiful desert patina varnish. It takes thousands of years for the varnish to form and the remote Long Canyon has some of the most dramatic canyon walls to be seen. There is a solitude and magnificence in these areas that I wished to capture and I feel the sense of remote beauty in this image. Location Burr Trail, Utah © RobertPark

Monday, April 1, 2013

"Prosperity" By Robert Park- Robert Park

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“Prosperity” A Prosperity Tree is said to attract wealth and prosperity, and bring good luck to those who have it. The tree is symbolic with branches that basically represents the five elements of feng shui, wood, water, earth, fire and metal. It not only adds life to a room, which is an important principle of feng shui, it also helps maintain balance and harmony in a given space. I chose a square format camera as it embodies perfect balance, allowing the mind to freely wander throughout the image. As you gaze into this image you begin to relive the Maple tree’s plight as it reached for new areas despite twists and turns. In other words you get the rare chance to recreate the tree’s own Prosperity. Location: Portland , OR © RobertPark

Monday, March 18, 2013

"Night Crawler" Death Valley National Park,California By Robert Park

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"Night Crawler" Death Valley National Park,California By Robert Park

The playa is in the small Racetrack Valley endorheic basin between the Cottonwood Mountains on the east and Nelson Range to the west. During periods of heavy rain, water washes down from the mountains onto the playa, forming a shallow, short-lived endorheic lake. Under the hot desert sun the thin veneer of water quickly evaporates leaving behind a surface layer of soft slick mud. As the mud dries it shrinks and cracks into a mosaic pattern of interlocking polygons. The shape of the shallow hydrocarbon lake Ontario Lacus on Saturn’s moon Titan has been compared to that of Racetrack Playa. The Racetrack is a unique attraction of Death Valley National Park that not many park visitors get to see. It’s a dry lakebed in a very remote and beautiful area. On the north end of the lakebed is a rock formation known as the grandstands. Rocks from the grandstands and other nearby formations break off and fall onto the lake. There, they perform feats that make this remote playa world-famous. The evidence that they move is the trails they leave behind them as they scoot around the lake. You ’ll find a rock sitting innocently anywhere on the playa — from next to the grandstand to the far southern edge — and behind it will be a trail, from the rock sliding across the fine clay surface of the lakebed. They move! But after all these years, a hundred or more since this phenomenon was brought to the attention of naturalists studying Death Valley, no one has ever seen them move. These rocks aren’t boulders; most are perhaps a foot or so tall, but can still weigh a lot and are not easy to lift.Location The Racetrack Death Valley National Park, California
© Robert Park

Monday, March 4, 2013

Rose Bud is an abstract impression of the delicate flower buds of a rose found in Lower Antelope Canyon.

"Rosebud" , a photo by Robert Park Photography on Flickr.
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This incredible canyon has been created over many thousands of years by the relentless forces of water and wind, slowly carving and sculpting the sandstone into forms, textures, and shapes which we observe today.
The views in Antelope Canyon change constantly as the sun moves across the sky, filtering lights softly across the stone walls. These ever-moving sun angles bounce light back and forth across the narrow canyon's walls, creating a dazzling display of color, light, and shadow that reveals forms and figures throughout the day.
Rose Bud is an abstract impression of the delicate flower buds of a rose found in Lower Antelope Canyon.

Monday, February 25, 2013

"Emerald Garden" - A Dreamy Image at Punchbowl Falls in The Columbia Gorge, OR

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Emerald Garden is a dreamy image of Punchbowl Falls. The falls "are located in a very remote and deep gorge that is filled with snow melt waters coming from Mount Hood in the Cascade Range. This image was captured in early summer using an exposure lasting nearly four minutes, which created an ethereal smooth glow to the water that trickled away from the falls. Located at Punchbowl Falls Oregon© Robert Park

Monday, February 18, 2013

"Emergence" sunrise sky with mesas and buttes rising on the horizon Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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The canyon’s shadowy walls combine with beams of sunlight that penetrate the canyon and often create scenes of unbelievable and surreal natural beauty. As the day goes on, changing light angles create a kaleidoscope of patterns,abstract scenes and colors. This area of Antelope reminds me of a sunrise sky with mesas and buttes rising on the horizon with the suns rays.Located at Navajo Nation Antelope Canyon, Arizona. © Robert Park

Monday, February 11, 2013

"Dawn of Time" Death Valley National Park, California."By Robert Park

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Dawn of Time was captured on the 1st of January 2010 as a winter storm cleared leaving behind trace amounts of water in the Bad Water Basin of Death Valley. It was taken on one of my ritualistic treks to Death Valley for New Years. Dawn of Time was conceived several years prior to its actual creation; however, I had to wait for the right conditions in order to capture it. On my New Years 2010 trip to Death Valley, I had waited several days for a storm to clear that allowed the shallow lake you see in the image to form. I needed to have a smooth wind-free morning, so the lake would be like glass and give the reflection that I had pre-visualized. On the last day of my trip the storms cleared and the sunrise was spectacular with pink ribbons running across the sky, casting beautiful pink and magenta hues on the foreground and illuminating the Panamint Mountains as the sun came over the horizon. I positioned myself where the water recedes allowing the geometrical forms of the salt pan to poke through the shoreline of the shallow lake. Finally, I had the proper conditions that would give me the color, values, contrasts, and drama that I required in my pre-visualized image. Location: Bad Water Salt Flats in Death Valley National Park, California. © RobertPark

Monday, February 4, 2013

"Mystic Falls" By Robert Park

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These falls flow year round, but are best in the late winter and spring, like many others in the area. The cliffs on either side of the falls are flanked with the colorful yellow-green lichen found throughout the Columbia Gorge, adding a lot to the aesthetics of the scene. The falls are usually said to stand 289 feet tall, however repeated visits led us to doubt the validity of that figure. At certain places along the trail to the falls its possible to see Elowah and a part of Upper McCord Creek Falls in tandem, which could have possibly led to the idea that it was one series of waterfalls. Turns out the USGS had sent a survey team to determine the height of the falls in 1916 - their efforts produced a height of 221 feet. We measured the falls in 2009 to be 213 feet tall, so the only way the height of 289 feet could have materialized is if Upper McCord Creek Falls were included. Along the trail to both Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls can be seen several sections of old cast iron and wooden pipes which were used to flume pressurized water water to the Crown Willamette Paper Company mill along the Columbia River. Elowah Falls is a very nice 289ft waterfall situated in John B. Yeon State Park towards the eastern end of the so-called waterfalls area of the Columbia River Gorge.Located at Columbia River Gorge © Robert Park

Monday, January 28, 2013

"Creator,sHand" Canyon Lands National Park, Utah By Robert Park

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For me Monument Basin is the highlight of a park with many highlights. It sits below the southernmost point of the Island in the Sky revealing canyons, slots, gorges, mesas, buttes, arches. Combined together it creates some of the most outstanding landscapes I have ever seen. After millions of years the erosion that continues today began. The results are the 2,000-foot deep canyons of the Colorado and Green Rivers cutting through the heart of Canyonlands. As I stood at the rim of this most magnificent vista on a fall morning with clouds breaking from an earlier storm I was greeted with this most stunning glimpse of creation. Location Monument Basin, Canyon Lands National Park, Utah © RobertPark

Monday, January 21, 2013

"Dune Pool" Snow Canyon State Park, Utah By Robert Park

Via Flickr:Dune Pool Named after Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, who were early Utah leaders. It contains some of the most beautiful petrified dunes on the Colorado Plateau. All of this is set against a stunning backdrop of towering sandstone cliffs in red and white, and peaks and valleys of jumbled black lava rock interspersed with serpentine sandy washes carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone in the Red Mountains. I have visited here many times after rains and the shallow pools create incredible variety amidst the swirling petrified sandstone dunes. Location Snow Canyon State Park, Utah © Robert Park

Monday, January 14, 2013

"Heart Wood" Zion National Park, Utah" By Robert Park

Via Flickr: Heart Wood"
I love trees. They take on many attributes and colors and evoke emotions that run the gamut. Some would say that they speak to us.
This scrub oak in Zion caught my attention as I explored the underside of it, revealing a canopy of branches emanating from the trunk like arteries from a heart. As I jockeyed around I discovered a striking heart shape as the oak came alive in front of me.
Location Zion National ParkUtah
© Robert Park