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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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On a clear morning the early warm light begins to illuminate the sky above the Henry Mountains and the Blue Hills. The latter are often compared to a lunar or Martian landscape. The eroded Mancos shale (capped by Ferron sandstone) that makes up the Blue Hills doesn’t support much vegetation, laying bare the easily eroded Cretaceous age deposits of siltstones. If you’ve ever tried to drive through soil eroded from Mancos shale when it is wet you know something about how it turns into a goopy, tire eating mess. The Henrys rise to 11,600’ (3500 m), around 6000’ (1800 m) above the viewpoint where this shot was taken (~ 5000’/ 1500 m).

Tags:   Blue Hills Henry Mountains moonscape overlook sunrise dawn Mancos shale Ferron sandstone Utah erosion

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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 early light glows in the clouds and high ridges of the Indian Peaks, as viewed across the White Rocks Preserve and cottonwood trees along Boulder Creek. This area is frequented by bald eagles, white-tail and mule deer, turkeys (gobbling while I was photographing), coyotes, great horned owls, and a host of other critters, some with back-bones, and others lacking them. The White Rocks are composed of sandstones (Fox Hills formation) of Cretaceous age that occur throughout the eastern edge of the Rockies from Alberta to Colorado, and contain fossil remains of dinosaurs of terrestrial and marine habitats. Between the White Rocks and the Continental divide (8300 feet/ 2500 m change in elevation) one encounters climates and biological communities similar to those you would encounter if you were to travel 27˚ in latitude from Boulder to the Northwest Territories.

Tags:   Indian Peaks White Rocks Biological Preserve Boulder Colorado dawn sunrise Arapaho Peaks Kiowa Peak Mount Albion Navajo Peak Apache Peak Shoshoni Peak


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