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Sunrise over the Manti La Sal mountains from the Standing Rocks in the Maze District, Canyonlands National Park. On the left is Chimney Rock, and the larger pillar to the right is The Plug.

Two "ray" phenomena are at work here: the sunbursts, split in two by a cloud, and crepuscular rays (sun shining through the clouds, which cast the long shadows). High winds had kicked up copious amounts of dust that contributed to the golden haze on the horizon. (#2)

Dedicated to the victims of the unconscionable act of violence in Manchester- our hearts go out to the families affected by this cowardly act.

Tags:   sunrise Maze District Land of Standing Rocks The Plug Chimney Rock Manti La Sal Mountains Canyonlands National Park public land for public use

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Seemingly shy, but actually very tolerant of entranced human admirers, an Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) peers out toward the setting sun, contemplating fish, eels, and egg tending. Their short strong wings work well for both flight and swimming. During the breeding season puffin beaks become more brightly colored. Puffins spend only a short time on land during the two month breeding season, mostly confined to rocky cliffs such as here on the Látrabjarg cliffs in northwestern Iceland. The rest of the time they live on the open ocean.

I will be away for a week in the wilds of Utah (visiting the Maze for the first time), so please forgive my absence from Flickr.

Tags:   Atlantic puffin Fratercula arctica Látrabjarg cliffs Iceland Ísland

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View from a notch in one group of needles to another near Elephant Canyon in the Needles District, Canyonlands National Park. The needles are composed of 250 million year old Permian Cedar Canyon sandstone. The red and white bands mark the deposition of windblown and river borne sand deposits. On the horizon (to the north) is the Island in the Sky District, with Candlestick Tower faintly visible on the left.

Two shot stitch taken from the Chesler Park trail.

Tags:   Canyonlands National Park Needles District Island in the Sky Elephant Canyon Needles Candlestick Tower Utah public land for public use

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Equisetum arvense, known by many different common names including horsetail rush, souring rush, and field horsetail, is an extremely common plant found on all continents except Antarctica. A relative of the ferns, Equisetum is used for a multitude of different medicinal purposes, including treatment of ulcers and tuberculosis, stopping bleeding, and treating the chillblains, a low temperature related ailment in the extremities. (I thought my mom made the "chillblains" up...) Equisetum is also handy for scouring pots on camping trips, and was used to polish metal and wood owing to its high silica content. The buds can be eaten as a source of calcium and magnesium.

Tags:   Equisetum arvense horsetail rush scouring rush field horsetail bokeh

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The day's sunlight leaves the South Desert valley and the ring of cathedral formations and uplifted mesas. The orange and white striped cliffs are composed of Entrada Sandstone (mix of tidal mudflats and sand dunes), overlain by the Curtis Formation (marine tidal flats). These formations are above the Navajo Sandstone which capped the formations in the previous post.

Tiny black dots in the valley are juniper trees (larger) and cows (smaller) grazing in the valley. There is a line of volcanic dikes at the sun/ shade boundary.

In the distance are the Henry Mountains (Mt Ellen, 11522 ft / 3512 m , and Mt. Pennell 11408 ft / 3477 m). Way off on the skyline on the left are the Abajo Mountains.

Two shot stitch (#2)

Tags:   Capitol Reef National Park Cathedral Valley South Desert Henry Mountains Mount Ellen Mount Pennell sunset Utah public land for public use


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