Out in the red rock desert of Utah, the land is so different from home that it feels like we're on a different planet.
Our first campsite was below a vast slickrock plateau that led downhill to several canyons. I took this photo when Shyla and I were at our furthest point from camp during a ride that wove in and out of canyons and then across this field of rock. Our camp was to the right of the furthest right rock formation in the photo. It was about a 10 minute downhill ride from there.
red spotted toad on the rocks near our camp. Shyla accidentally dislodged him with her paw, and he landed, unharmed, in a bed of cottonwood leaves. It was nighttime so I illuminated him with my head lamp to get a photo.
The view from our campsite is another example of how alien the red rock world looks compared to our mountain home. This photo was shortly after the sun rose behind my camera. You can see the shadow of the mesa to our left on the rock formation on the other side of the canyon.
Like clockwork, at noon every day, our campsite would be shaded as the sun went behind the corner of rock to the left in the photo. After that brief shady period, our campsite had about another 3 hours of sun before it fell into shade for the night.
At night, these landforms looked almost spooky. I loved watching the stars over them. A minor meteor shower (Leonid) was sending shooting stars through our atmosphere, and I was lucky enough to capture one during a 14 minute time lapse series of photos of the stars.
That is the alien alright!!ReplyDelete
Lily & Edward
That starry night is always always our most favorite picture!!! stella roseReplyDelete
Wow - that first photo does look very strange like you're on another planet.ReplyDelete
You just can't know Red Rock until you see it in pawson! Love us some red rock too! Great pics!ReplyDelete
Murphy & Stanley
I have never witnessed a shooting star but WOW ...what a beautiful place to camp!ReplyDelete
You always show is such beauty!ReplyDelete
MR Bailey, Hazel & Mabel
Now we know where the aliens live!ReplyDelete
It really does have the feel of a different world - we thank you for sharing it with us.ReplyDelete
Such a strange but pretty landscape!ReplyDelete
Very pretty and I love the star photo.ReplyDelete
Aroo to you,
Alien, and so very beautiful!!!ReplyDelete
With the sun low in the sky, it is all so different. Lovely scenes, what another fantastic place. This morning, very early, I met a Dr. ( yes a one night stay again , but back home now and OK.) who had lived in Co for a while, and almost at your back door!! How cool is that!!! He is in NZ for at least one year.ReplyDelete
Someday...someday we'll get there too. For now I love seeing your photos.ReplyDelete