Sunrise at the Lower Blue Hills below Factory Bench. Same as my last picture, 12 hours later.
The sky was nearly overcast except for a thin band on the horizon (to the right) that the sun shone through like an orange and red spotlight under a dark blanket. The normally grey dirt of the hills below reflected the light so it seemed to glow from within.
Sunset at the Lower Blue Hills below Factory Bench.
The alkali soil stops plants from growing creating some amazing shading textures and erosion patterns on the barren hills. From Skyline overlook you can see all the way across to the reef of the San Rafael Swell on the horizon.
"Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."
We hope you were able to get out to an activity or two last night as part of the 1st Annual Southwest Astronomy Festival. If you missed it, or are ready for more astronomical fun, then you're in luck, the Festival continues tonight! Join us for the following events around Washington County happening today and tonight:
•Solar Party- The St. George Astronomy Group will host a solar viewing event with family crafts and activities from 1-4pm at the @stgeorgechildrensmuseum (86 S Main St St. George).
•Lighting Up the Night- Harun Mehmedinovic from the International Dark Sky Association (@idadarksky) will speak about the history of human observation of the stars, the origins and rise of light pollution, and the dark-sky movement at 6pm at the Public Lands Information Center (345 E Riverside Dr. St. George).
•Night Sky Photography Workshop- Alex Chamberlain (@alextchamberlain) explains how to plan for, properly expose, and artistically shoot moon, Milky Way, and nightscape photos. Indoor presentation begins at 7pm at the Public Lands Information Center (345 E Riverside Dr St. George) followed by an outdoor workshop at the Beaver Dam Wash Conservation Area.
•Dark Sky Drop In- Come by the @zionnps Zion Nature Center (off UT-9, Zion National Park) at 8:30pm for views of stars, planets, constellations and deep sky objects.
For the full schedule of events for the Southwest Astronomy Festival, visit our website (link in bio).
📸: NPS/ Todd Miller
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Utah just released their proposal to "Right Size" Bears Ears National Monument. This area specifically is no longer considered worthy of being a National Monument (the canyon in front of you is chock full of untouched Native sites due to it's remote access). The 90% size reduction eliminates most all of Cedar Mesa which is the whole point of the Monument due to its huge congregation of Native sites that are currently being looted and need better protection.
Recently explored the 47 miles of the South Fork John Day Wild & Scenic River in central Oregon, gathering content for next year's 50th anniversary of the W&SR Act. Add it to your list, folks; it's majestic. "It's your river. Make your splash!" More pix here: https://flickr.com/photos/50169152@N06/sets/72157687225135106
Last minute trip to Moab was amazing, I took so many pictures! Adventured off-road with 4 great people, crossed off multiple bucket list items, and had an unforgettable time! I didn't get to climb as planned, but just sounds like one of many reasons to go back to one of my new favorite spots!
Today’s #naturaleyecandy shot is a stunner from @mypubliclands, which showcases the brilliance of the night sky at Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conversation Area in Idaho (try saying that five times fast). It’s the dating hot spot in the bird of prey world, and for good reason. Around this time every year, over 800 pairs of hawks, owls, eagles and falcons meet up here to settle down with another special bird and nest. It’s totally romantic.
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.
Have I mentioned that @mypubliclands is one of my favorite @instagram accounts? Their images are just stunning! Give them a follow if you like beautiful and peaceful imagery. This photo is from Moab in Utah. 🌵 This evening, I will be packing for another trip. Last weekend I was in Boston watching my cousin run the Boston Marathon and this weekend I am off to Chicago for a family friends' wedding. What summer trips do you have planned? Any that involve scenes like this?
Inside Cottonwood Creek narrows.
There is a North and South entrance if you want to hike all the way through. The North end connects the road to the trail through a little crack in the wall, basically dropping you right into the narrowest part of the slots making it very easy for a family hike.
For as rugged as it looks Cottonwood Canyon Road can be driven by passenger car UNLESS IT'S MUDDY!!!
If the road becomes muddy the road is impassible to 4WD vehicles without completely tearing up the road, so if a big storm has been through recently stay off the road no matter what you drive.
But on a warm dry day like this it's absolutely gorgeous.
Cottonwood Road follows "The Cockscomb" a rock monocline that divides the Grand Staircase from the Kaiparowits Plateau and gives easy 2WD access to the heart of the Monument.. The road was originally built to service the power lines running through the area which is really a pain as a photographer because it's almost impossible to take nice pictures that without them in it. Maybe someday the NPS will have the funding rto put them under ground or something...