S: Worth A Shot - Mountains
FC: Worth A Shot
1: For years we've been clicking, printing - or n0t - and then leaving our memories on a hard drive or in a photo album somewhere, rarely viewed again. This is an effort to preserve some of the more memorable shots of outstanding places we've been fortunate enough to have visited. They're a mixture, and by no means, comprehensive. They're not even organized! But each shot represents a memory, and hopefully, this format will allow us to revisit those places a little more often.
2: Rock Creek, near Mammoth Lakes, CA,
3: It seems we're destined not to hike this area. The first time we went here, we got chased out by a thunder storm, taking refuge under a rock to keep the cameras from getting wet. | Last time, we hiked in a little farther, but had to turn around when it not only started to rain, but changed to sleet. Someday, hopefully, we will get to do the trail justice!
6: Sunset over Mono Lake
7: We spent quite a while at Mono Lake - we watched the sun slide over the mountains to the west as the cloud reflections changed to starlight, and the moonlight forged a path across the water. Then we stayed a little longer - well - a lot longer - and took pictures of the Milky Way.
10: Just 13 miles away from Mono Lake, and 3500 feet higher at Tioga Pass lies Yosemite National Park. Tenaya Lake is one of the first breathtaking sights in the pass.
11: Tenaya Lake Reflection
12: You can't visit Yosemite without stopping to admire the amazing Valley View.
13: Then take a drive into the valley to stare at the rock formations that tower above the meadow. | You can almost always see climbers on the face of Half Dome. Sometimes you even see rescue helicopters!
14: Glacier Point Looking from the top down....
15: Down in the valley Looking from the bottom up!
16: Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe A whirlwind trip up the west side of the lake didn't give us much viewing time, but what we did see was gorgeous!
17: Lake Sabrina - above Bishop We enjoyed another day of sunshine with a Schat's bakery picnic on the deck by the marina.
18: A 90 degree day surprised us at South Lake (above and right), while a day that started out sunny with blue skies, ended up chilly and gray at Convict Lake (far right).
21: A longer than expected hike to Rainbow Falls, followed by a much shorter hike to Devils' Postpile (and a PB&J picnic).
22: Yellowstone Falls We parked a long way off, hiked thru the woods, finally found the viewing platform - and the parking lot!
23: Moose Falls Although it was drizzling, we walked the short path toward the sound of roaring water and were rewarded with the sight of these falls
24: Yellowstone! We thought it was over-rated until we actually saw it. Another place that begs to be repeated.
25: Schwabacher Landing A gorgeous place by day, but a little dark and creepy at night!
26: Oxbow Bend - Mt. Moran
27: We took an early morning raft trip on the Snake River and enjoyed a beautiful view of Grand Teton.
28: Mormon Row is part of the the Moulton Ranch, a Mormon settlement founded in 1896. | We had to fight the buffalo for this shot (or hide from them!).
29: An early morning drink...
30: Joshua Tree National Park
31: A whirlwind Spring Break trip started with visits to Zion and Bryce.
32: Close your eyes. Can you smell the spring air, feel the sun on your skin and hear the river rushing by? It's a spring day in Zion!
33: Of course, by the time we got to Bryce, it was windy and cold. We even built a small snowman.
34: We managed to fit three seasons in our visit to the Grand Canyon. It was foggy and cool when we drove in, but the next day was sunny and warm in the morning followed by an afternoon of clouds and rain, which were chased out by another peek of sunshine. It snowed that night, so we woke to a semi-white world,more fog and barely visible views of the canyon. Grand Canyon was a delightful surprise. It's another place we need to revisit to do it up proper!
35: A cloudy day turned sunny and a l-o-n-g dirt road led to Grosvenor Arch in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
36: Lower Antelope Canyon Page, AZ | Monument Valley
37: The Three Gossips - Arches National Park, Moab, Utah (No, not even remotely related to anyone Vernie knows!)
38: Turret Arch through the North Window, Arches National Park
39: Delicate Arch, the icon of Arches National Park
40: ...always a sucker for driftwood... | Another view of Delicate Arch.
41: Balanced Rock with LaSal Mountains backdrop. Arches National Park
42: You have to jockey for a position before the sun rises to get a shot of Mesa Arch with the Washer Woman silhouette in the background at the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park.
43: Canyonlands National Park - Island in the Sky
44: Route 128 meanders through Utah's open range along the Colorado River affording awesome views, including Fisher Towers and the la Sal Mountains.
45: Sedona There certainly must be a name for this rock formation - seems all of them have one - but I don't know what it is.
46: From the pictures we saw before we left, we thought this spot would be secluded and a bit of a hike. In actuality, it's right at the park entrance next to a campground. We had to wait for several people to get out of the water before we could take pictures.
47: The rock formations along the road through Oak Creek Canyon are outstanding.
48: The Superstition Mountains at sunset
49: A short hike near Signal Hill picnic area (PB&J) in Saguaro National Park took us to the petroglyphs at Signal Hill, an area believed to have been inhabited by the Hohokam.
50: The end of the day in the desert southwest.