Monday, January 29, 2018
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Cathedral Gorge State Park is a hidden jewel of unusual land formations that would be entirely missed if driving by on the main road near Panaca, Nevada. For those just passing through, the scenery in the area is pretty boring and predictable, but turn on a cross road and drive a very short distance into the gorge and you might feel as if you were on another planet. In daylight the columns and spires are more yellow that red, but this is how they looked in the afterglow of sunset a couple of days ago.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Mt. Timpanogos Wearing Snow
Here is something out of my comfort zone. Usually I like my landscapes to mimic the colors of the rainbow like our eyes naturally see. But I also try to express a mood or a feeling in my photos. B&W seemed perfect for how I'm currently viewing my world at home in northern Utah!
Here's the color version. Tell me if you have a preference.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Saturday, January 6, 2018
The Gannets of Muriwai, New Zealand
Shortly after we arrived in New Zealand we were told that one of the sights we needed to see was the gannet colony at Muriwai. As soon as we were able, I grabbed my camera equipment and we drove the short distance to Muriwai beach, only to find it void of any gannets. I was disappointed and realized we were there at the wrong time of year. Fast forward 9 or 10 months and we returned to see this amazing sight. (Scroll down to see close up photos of these beautiful birds.)
The gannets of Muriwai live on the edge between land and sea where these cliffs provide a strong updraft for easy take off. Here is where they mate and give birth. About 15 weeks after birth, the chicks make a journey to Australia more than 1200 miles away. There is no trial and error and no parents to show them the way. They migrate on their own. Those who survive the journey across the Tasman Sea will remain for several years. Finally, instinct draws them back across the 'ditch', (as people in that part of the world call the waters between Australia and New Zealand), never to return to Australia again. Amazingly, those who make the return trip successfully, will come to the same nest they left behind years ago, to have chicks of their own.