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A view of the loneliest part of Canyonlands- the Maze District, from Cleopatra's Chair sandwiched by the Henrys, across Turks Head with the Green River flowing around its White Rim cap, then south (left) past Ekker Butte and the Chocolate Drops barely visible on the far left. This view (from Green River Overlook) is one of my favorites off the Island in the Sky, though it is so massive and lacking of a main subject, it relies on the beauty of the gestalt to keep the eye entertained.

I will be out of Flickr action for about 3 weeks, though will hopefully be able to check in periodically- would hate to miss your wonderful posts!

Tags:   Canyonlands National Park Canyonlands Green River Overlook Cleopatra's Chair Maze District Turks Head Winter Henry Mountains

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Late day sun lights up the buttes and monuments of Canyonlands National Park, including both the Maze and Island in the Sky Districts. In the center Ekker Butte is framed by a peninsula of rock extending from Panorama Point, with the Manti La Sal mountains above it, and a weathered juniper branch reaching out to touch it. In the valley below the Green River cuts through the White Rim as it rolls to its rendezvous with the Colorado River.

3 shot focus stack

Tags:   Canyonlands National Park Ekker Butte Panorama Point Maze District Island in the Sky Manti La Sal Mountains Sunset Utah public land for public use

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The view from Alstrom Point, looking across Gunsight Butte with Navajo Mountain (Naatsisʼáán) viewed through the namesake gap in the rock. The scale here is fairly massive- a small motorboat is visible as a white speck in the shadowed water in the lower left quadrant. The bright white ring at the bottom of the buttes demarcates the high water mark of Lake Powell, which hasn't been that high in almost 10 years due to prolonged drought.

Four shot pano. Thanks as always for your views, comments, and favs.

Tags:   Lake Powell Gunsight Butte Alstrom Point Navajo Mountain Naatsisʼáán Colorado River Utah Gunsight Bay Padre Bay

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The backbone of the Continental Divide stretches across the Indian Peaks of the Front Range of Colorado, with the core group viewed here from Shoshoni Peak. Across the valley are Apache (13441 ft / 4097 m) and Navajo (large summit knob, 13409 ft / 4087 m) Peaks, with a bit of the Isabelle Glacier clinging to the slopes of Apache. In the distance Arikaree (13,150') and North and South Arapaho Peaks (13500 ft / 4115 m) stick up over the jagged Niwot Ridge. To the right in the far distance the Gore Range can be seen on the western slope.

The naming of the Indian Peaks stems from the efforts of Ellsworth Bethel, a naturalist, high school teacher, and outdoor enthusiast who proposed the names in 1914 as a tribute to the Indian tribes that had associations with the state of Colorado.

Six shot stitch

Tags:   Indian Peaks Front Range southern Rocky Mountains Colorado Arikaree Peak Arapaho Peaks Navajo Peak Apache Peak Isabelle glacier Shoshoni Peak Gore Range

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A white-tailed Ptarmigan hen (Lagopus leucura) moves among the alpine avens (yellow flowers) and tufted hair grass on the slopes below James Peak. Her mottled feathers provide excellent camouflage when among the rocks, but her constant clucking is a dead give away of her presence. I've often wondered why foxes and coyotes haven't consumed them into extinction.

The smallest of the North American grouse, white-tailed Ptarmigan are the only year-round resident of these alpine areas. Their plumage turns pure white in the winter, and feathers cover their legs and toes.

Tags:   Lagopus leucura White tailed ptarmigan alpine avens Geum rosii Deschampsia caespitosa camouflage James Peak Colorado southern Rocky Mountains easy prey?


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