Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lilacs in the sky

One of the best smells on the planet!  

For more planetary skies, check out SkyWatchFriday.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ducky Days

We have had three days of rain with a little hail thrown in for good measure.  It makes for a very happy duck and lots of green grass.

For other wet or maybe dry views of the planet, check out MyWorldTuesday.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

So much better than snow

Almost a daisy

Sticky tofieldia

Bleeding hearts

Yellow pea


To check out additional flower shots see Today's Flowers or for more macro shots, visit MacroMonday.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dry Fork Canyon

I am blessed to have a very scenic drive to "town"--this is one of the many rock formations along the way.  There are petroglyphs near here too!  

Check out more scenic places, here.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sunset over Pine Ridge

These shots were taken while I was standing on our patio admiring the western skies. Ponderosa pines dot the ridge.  It's another great place for a walk.

"When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator."  - Mahatma Gandhi

For more  sky pictures from around our beautiful planet, check out Sky Watch Friday.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Another spring day on the Flume Trail

Green leaves and blue sky,

rushing water,

and dogs enjoying the walk as well.

My world is so many things: the world inside my mind, the world I live in, the world around me. At least a couple of times a week my world exists on this trail. What is strange to me now is that camera or no camera I'm taking pictures and dialoging in my head for my blog! So part of my world is the blogging community which is really kind of cool and an interesting way to make new friends all around the world!

For more perspectives on the world around us, check out My World Tuesday.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Janie and I must be on the same wavelength, or else we both just like wildflowers.  There are so many in the desert!  I imagine we'll be posting claret cups simultaneously as well.

Oregon blueberries start out with yellow flowers.

These are very tiny little flowers that look like wild strawberries but I don't think they are.

One of my favorites, Indian Paintbrush.

For more macro shots, check out Macro Monday (hopefully Lisa has time to put it together.)

Thanks to David for the honorary acknowledgement!  

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Old Cabin

Indian Canyon is between Duchesne and Price, Utah.  There is not much traffic on this road and in the winter it can become impassable. I had to go to Price for work on Thursday so along the way I stopped and took this scenic shot.

For more scenic shots, check out Scenic Sunday.

Scenic Sunday

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Big Horn Reservoir at sunset

In July we will be returning to a family camp spot in northern Wyoming.  It's a tradition that started back with my mother and father-in-law and their kids.  Although they are gone now, the kids and grandkids are maintaining the tradition.  We haul up campers and four wheelers and spend two weeks in some of the most beautiful country in the world.  My husband would always look at other mountain ranges and say, "Those are nice, but they aren't the Big Horns."  My response was usually something like, "OK, yeah, right."  Then I saw the Big Horns and spent time hiking, fishing and exploring them and I must admit, this is a special place.

There are big granite peaks, fields of wildflowers, beautiful running creeks with lots of fish and moose.  I'll be posting  pictures after our trip in July, but after I found this shot from a trip two years ago, well, I just had to share it with the SkyWatchFriday bunch.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Just because

Just because I had my camera with me today,  I decided to take this picture. Can you tell where I am?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ponderosa Pines

Ponderosa pines make wonderful neighbors in My World.  

Check out other cool neighborhoods here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.
  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."

Pamela Vaull Starr
For more macro shots, check out Lisa's Chaos or post your own!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sun and shadow

Still Friday on the Flume Trail.  The light shifts and changes a lot because of the high rock formations.

There are a lot of interesting effects on sandstone from weathering.

The sun is shining through a break in the canyon here.

You can't hear him, but Brogan was whining to get going.  He thinks I take too many pictures.

The new aspen leaves are glowing in the sun.

I love this walk and never tire of it.  Sometimes I do get tired from the walking though!

Friday on the Flume Trail

Imagine my delight this morning when I heard the snow melt running in the creek!  Dry Fork Canyon doesn't have water all year long, only in the spring.  Later in the year the water disappears into the "sinks" and then shows up in Ashley Creek further downstream.  It's such a lovely sound and makes the hike even more pleasant.

Skipper enjoys being able to get a drink now and then too.

There are two bridges in the first 1.5 mile stretch of the trail.  This is the first one.

This is the second one.

And this is the end of our walk for today.  

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Jones Hole

From Utah's Favorite Hiking Trails by David Day:

     Jones Hole is the name given to a 2,000-foot-deep gorge that runs along the border between Utah and Colorado in Dinosaur National Monument. Jones Hole Creek, in the bottom of the gorge, is fed from a number of small springs at the head of the canyon and along its sides. The trail begins just below the first spring, at the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery, and winds pleasantly along the creek for about four miles to join the Green River in Whirlpool Canyon. The creek bed is a lush green oasis surrounded by the semiarid land of Dinosaur National Monument. At times the trail climbs away from the water into the sagebrush and pinion-juniper forest that surrounds it, but mostly it stays very close to the canyon floor where boxelders, cottonwoods, and other water-hungry trees prevail. The creek is also an important source of water for the monument’s wildlife, and it is not uncommon to see deer-especially in the early hours of the day.

This is one of my favorite trails, especially this time of year.  In the summer it gets too hot to enjoy.  There are also Big Horn sheep that have been re-introduced to the area but I don't have any pictures of them from this trip which was taken in 2007.  I need to get back down there! 

For more beautiful skies from around the world, check out SkyWatchFriday.

Monday, May 4, 2009

After the storm

Looking towards the eastern side of our property, a rainbow appeared over my neighbor's house.  I hope it's a good omen for my friend who has been quite ill.  

For more views from around the world, check out MyWorldTuesday.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Rain and fog

"The peace and beauty of a spring day had descended upon the earth like a benediction. "
-- Kate Chopin