Whether it’s hiking in our spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains, taking a road trip or Jeeping a 4 x 4 road, most of the joy for me is the journey. Here is a shot of Canyonlands National Park and the upper part of Shafer Trail which goes from the top of the Islands in the Sky District to the Colorado River. For anyone with acrophobia (or maybe not even!), this upper part of the trail can be quite harrowing. Further down the trail, one encounters rockier terrain which required me to get out of the Subaru and spot Peter as he drove so we didn’t inadvertently leave our crank case in the canyon! But we made it unscathed – as did the car.
I’m very excited as I just recently purchased a new 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk which will get us safely over Shafer Trail and beyond!
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It’s not really a topic I think about to photograph, but I looked through my files and found this shot. It’s one I took last fall at Vedauwoo Campground in southern Wyoming. We have had an epidemic of pine beetles in the West – one of the reasons that the High Park Fire near my town of Fort Collins, Colorado was so severe in 2012. The skeletons of these Ponderosa Pines are all that’s left after the beetles had their way with them. They’re beautiful in their death – a broken link in our ecology? I really don’t know – maybe it’s just a natural part of the cycle of life.
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No great surprise that I’d post an underwater shot for this one. There’s always something to photograph on a reef dive. One of my favorite sources of subject matter are the various invertebrates found on coral reefs. While I don’t know this lovely creature’s name, I found its soft and numerous tentacles interesting. It sits on the reef ready to capture plankton and microorganisms for sustenance. To learn more about the Weekly Photo Challenge, click here.