I understand why hoodoos are believed to be spirit people.
There are stories in the stones in Utah.
The stories change as the sun moves across the sky.
Light and shadows add to the details to form faces.
The hoodoos of Bryce Canyon
and towers and pinnacles in Arches National Park defy gravity.
Balanced Rock looked as though it could topple any second.
Some formations have names like the Three Gossips, Tower of Babel, Courthouse and The Organ.
Mr. Flower and I made up names for the many we noticed.
It was our “Game of Stones.”
Flow on the Go
Arches National Park is where my brain went into overload.
It was as though gravity had different rules out in the desert.
Erosion removes rock layers below and leaves arches hanging in the sky.
I even stood under some of these to get shots of them from below.
It’s like a magic trick.
The most dramatic ones have names like Delicate, Pothole and Tapestry.
Each has its own character.
We visited our favorite on our last day at Moab.
We spent a lot of time just hanging out under Double Arch.
It seemed like trick rings made from rock instead of metal.
Moab was mind boggling in many ways.
Stay tuned for more.
Flow on the Go.
We took hundreds of photographs in Utah.
I was afraid to put down my camera for fear of missing something.
Here is the perfect example.
As we pulled into the parking for Turret Arch,
our attention was taken away from the arches by a site in the parking lot.
Behind a truck on a trailer was on old house trailer from 1959.
I immediately thought of the Lucille Ball movie The Long, Long Trailer.
The owners came up as we were taking pictures.
They had a restoration company and were hauling it home to fix it up.
They let us take a peak inside.
It was like looking into a time capsule,
complete with original appliances.
If you find this treasure irresistible,
contact American Travelers Restoration.
Brooke & Brian are in Hemet, California.
Flow on the Go
I was in awe of the powers of wind and water this whole trip.
Looking over the rim of Bryce Canyon was like looking into another world.
The different areas are called amphitheaters.
The formations have names like chimneys and hoodoos.
Utah was formerly a desert (erg) on the equator.
I have had to go back and brush up on my geology.
The fractured layers of sandstone, limestone and mudstone are differentially eroded.
This leads to the hoodoo formation.
These processes continue today with freeze thaw cycles, rainwater and wind erosion.
Another beautiful example of nature’s art.
Our first stop in Utah was Zion National Park.
This area was originally named Makuntuweap (strait canyon) by the southern Paiute peoples.
The canyons here were formed by the Virgin River cutting into red and white sandstone for millions of years.
The canyon was cool as we strolled through, due to the shade from the tall walls and evaporation from the river.
There were even pockets of Maidenhair ferns around weeps in the walls in this desert oasis.
Photos will not do it justice.
My great thrill while there was seeing a rare California Condor in the wild. It was nesting with one chick.
As a biologist, I never thought I would get to see one due to their low numbers.
Stay tuned. There is much more in store from Utah.
I found many treasures during my travels last week.
This one has inspired me very much.
It was an herbarium on display in the Island in the Sky, Canyonlands Utah visitor’s center.
I inquired about it to a young ranger.
“Karen did it.” was his reply “She’s a legend.”
Is Karen here? I asked. “She died in the ’80’s.” he said.
Karen has been gone for almost forty years and I am enjoying her legacy.
It was beautifully done. The flower cards had color-coded margins.
Each plant specimen had a whole plant photo and plant description with it.
I can do this! Maybe this will be my next project for a North Carolina park.
This is good stuff. This is how people learn to identify plants.
Thank you Karen. You are a legend.
I took my camera to the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to photograph plants.
I should have known that this would include over-the-top displays like everywhere else.
Everything is bigger and brighter in Las Vegas.
Do not think that I was disappointed to find giant tigers and elephants.
I was just in shock and awe. I was wide-eyed the whole evening.
I loved the life-sized fairy flying among the colorful kalire.
The huge tigers had wagging tails.
The elephants nodded their heads.
The colorful trees were perches for giant peacocks.
There was a huge lamp large enough for a genie.
I guess the fox wanted to do some wishing.
This “Indian Summer” display was a bit overwhelming for the Flower.
I am happy to be back home where everything is life-sized and accurately colored.
One crazy day in Vegas was enough for Flow.
Stay tuned for a lot more of UTAH.
My coffee beans are finally starting to ripen.
A few are a lovely red hue.
The little tree is full of beans.
It will be brought inside before freezing temperatures hit.
The beans will be harvested later this month.
I plan on roasting them and grinding them
to make my first cup of tree-to-cup coffee.
What a treat that will be!
I wanted to leave my pots out for one last drenching rain before bringing them inside.
The heavy rain last night has turned the river red.
Jean May has tossed down her pink confetti to let me know the party is over.
The garden is covered in a colorful carpet.
The trees are aflame.
It’s time to move inside.
The buds on the Schlumbergeras say so.
I have projects to keep me busy. My world will be smaller.
Fall is here folks.