“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone ⛰
The New Pacific Century Academy 5th and 6th graders exhibited their Hawaiian Mythology Art and Writings today. #hawaii #boardingschool #npca
Photos never do justice to the massive monoliths in Arches; unfortunately it's just something you need to see firsthand. But that first drive into the park is fantastic; maybe that's why it's my favorite National Park, the more you go into it the more and more majestic it gets. You really feel like you're standing at the feet of frozen giants.
The Three Gossips tower 350ft above their rounded base, that's 70ft taller than the Flatiron Building in NYC, and they'd be roughly 30 stories tall if they were a building. But to see the same height done naturally in solid sandstone gives them a "weight" that no building compares to.
When driving along the Great wall towards Balanced rock it's easy to look towards the wall at the spires and hidden arches. But looking east out over the petrified sand dunes there are isolated groups of spires like islands in the desert. There aren't official trails to them or names for these, they're just out there waiting to be explored.
And it's fun to play with some B&W photography as the sun filters through the broken clouds.
The "Tower of Babel" in the Courthouse Wash. The Tower is actually a rather long fin but as you drive past it and catch it end up it becomes more and more of a "Tower". Just past the tower as you're driving into the park you cross Courthouse Wash which floods during large rainstorms but it's also one of the rare places in the park there is almost always standing water year round. Being a wet area it's also got lots of picturesque cottonwood trees. The wash empties out into the Colorado River at the Courthouse Wash pictograph just before you cross the bridge heading into Moab.
A mountain silhouette near Zion National Park
Speaking of Rock Climbing in Arches a pair of climbers head back to their car after climbing in the backside of the windows section in the area of the Garden of Eden.
The large tower behind them is called Owl Rock (or sometimes Eagle Rock), it's one of the features in the park which has seen noticeable change in the time man has been visiting and documenting it. There was an owl shaped rock perched to the side of the rock at the top where there is now an open area.
Even though it's lost it's Owl in the 1930s we still call it Owl Rock.
I’d take the fall over snow any day....
Also sorry my new work schedule has me posting less. So busy!
Nooo, this is not an egg, nor a spaceship! It's the fabulous National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA), by the talented French architect Paul Andreu (🙏) at dawn... 😍
Congrats to member, Corrine Beck, on her 2nd place bikini debut! 👙This is Corrine’s first competition and she did absolutely amazing. She followed her program very closely, worked incredibly hard, and never gave up! It’s been a pleasure working with her and watching her grow. Great job Corinne!!! 👏🏽🏆
That “don’t look down” moment 😳🏜
Sunset on the backside of the Windows section. One of best things about Arches from a photographer standpoint is that the color mix of red/orange rock, blue sky, and white clouds. It always looks so good together. Nice bonus if you get some interesting clouds that looks like smoke coming off red rock "smokestacks". Although rock climbing is prohibited on all named features of the park it's allowed on everything else (with the required permits). The near formation here is the one topped by "Ham Rock" (the smokestack in the pic) and the far end being the "Harkonnen Castle" climbing area.