Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Yesterday I took a 45 minute ride from our home near St. George, Utah, up into the mountains.  In that short time I went from a dry, hot desert climate with a day temperature around 100 degrees F, to a lush, green alpine climate with a temperature of 44 degrees F when I arrived.

Cedar Breaks National Monument
The wild flowers were in full bloom.

 Beautiful meadows and beautiful skies.

 Here is the view from the other side of the road.   It was a reminder that I was still in southern Utah and not far from the beautiful red rock cliffs I love.

 Brian Head Peak
After spending time taking photos of the wildflowers at Cedar Breaks, I drove up to this summit, where the wind was howling and I was surrounded by fast moving clouds.  The elevation here was over 11,300 feet.  (I came from an elevation of 2,800 feet in St. George.)  My car temperature showed 44 degrees, and I don't know what the official chill factor was, but I was freezing!  From this point not only can you see vast expanses of Utah is all directions, you can see parts of Nevada and Arizona.     

20 comments:

Sandra said...

I wish I could see this in real time. stunning beauty no matter which way you look and the thought of sunshine and all this beauty plus 40 degrees temp makes me so Jealous.... we are having record breaking heat and i am wishing for 55 not 40 but 40 would do for a day

Sandra said...

forgot to say I LOVE the BIG sky and the tiny building..

eileeninmd said...

Wow, the wildflowers are just gorgeous. And I love the red rock cliffs. Utah is a pretty state! Enjoy your day!

Stephanie said...

Stunning flowers in your images. Love the view and the clouds in the backdrop in the last image. What a difference from hot to cooler temperatures.

Linda W. said...

That wildflower photo is beautiful! Amazing how a bit of elevation can change the temperature dramatically!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Magnificent images.. Such amazing contrasts!
Great post, Karen!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

It has been a quite a few years since I was there; what a great place. I did not know of Brian Head Peak and one could drive up to it. I've made a note of that if ever in the neighborhood again. Wonderful images as always Karen.

Michelle said...

All of these photographs are stunning. I have been in your area a few times and have always found the view to be breathtaking. The last shot is so stark and I love it!

janc@mac.com said...

These are amazing, contrasts. I enjoyed everyone. The wildflowers in the first one are gorgeous!

Kay Lynn Larsen said...

You definitely live in some beautiful country. I love all the wild flowers. Nice photos Karen:)

Kathy said...

Fabulous photos. And all just 45 minutes away! Now that is special!

Felicia said...

those red rocks indeed are gorgeous.

Robin Lamb said...

Karen, beautiful images! I always enjoy getting up into the alpine when I can. Such a difference from the low country!

Rebecca said...

What glorious views! And refreshing too I am sure.

Montanagirl said...

Oh my - Absolutely stunning!!

Scott said...

These are, as always, beautiful. Chad and I were shooting in Southern Utah one time and tried to get to Cedar Breaks on the way home. The only way in was by Snow Mobile and we didn't happen to have one. I guess I shouldn't have been as surprised as I was. It was the middle of March.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Wow! Awesome views.

diane b said...

The wild flowers are beautiful and the red cliffs striking. Glad I couldn't feel the cold. It is bad here at the moment.6°C which I have noticed is the same as 44°F but ours is at night. During the day it is 18°C

Barb said...

The sky's the limit in these photos. That last with the building and those boiling clouds is wonderful - a good reminder of how small man is in Nature. Our temperatures are dropping, too. I'm hoping frost will delay for another month, but that probably won't happen. I'm enjoying the wildflowers while I still can!

kristeen said...

Great shots,, all of them but today my favorite is number #2.

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