Cliff Detail above the Emerald Pools, Zion National Park
The stark blues and whites from the water and minerals seeping out of the red sandstone really looks powerful in the late afternoons after the cliffs are in the shadows near the Emerald Pools in Zion National Park
Normally from this view you would see the rest of what they call the Amphitheater of Bryce but the storm clouds rolled in to fog out the rest of the canyon. From this angle it may not look very mjolnir-y but from the more traditional view of this hoodoo entering the Canyon it does look more like Thor's famous hammer.
Our first full day in Moab/Arches National Park brought the beginning of what would be three days of rain. This formation was just the beginning of it. What caught my eye with this image was the repetition of shapes of the sandstones in the forming thunderclouds.
The one nice thing about hiking in bad weather is it really cuts down on the traffic of fellow hikers on the trail.
One of the things I cherish most about my time in the outdoors is the chance to unplug and unwind from the busy-ness of life. All the pressing tasks and demands are a distant memory for a period of time. My only concern at the moment is to focus on putting one foot in front of the other and getting to my destination. I find I do my best thinking and praying in those moments.
Probably one of the most photographed ruins in the Southwestern US. There is a point around mid-morning when the sunlight bounces off the opposing canyon wall and really illuminates the strata above the dwelling, making it look like it's on fire.
Unfortunately the weather cancelled out any chance of seeing that effect regardless it's still an impressive dwelling to see in person.
Towers of the Virgin at Sunset, Zion National Park
While visiting Zion National Park, we heard a lot of talk of the beautiful view you can get of the Towers of the Virgin at sunrise, but I was curious how it looked at sunset. As you can see it's beautiful at sunset as well.