Archive for March 2011

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In the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, where many old westerns (including McKenna’s Gold, a great one) were shot.

Posted March 13, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Starry nights in southern Utah.  Ursa the big bear stands on his tail, meaning it’s still winter, but getting very close to spring.

Posted March 9, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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An old and gnarly locust waits for Spring in the cool of a canyon in southern Utah’s Vermilion Cliffs region.

Posted March 9, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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This precious stormy light came along at sunset during a very brief break between snow squalls.  In SW Utah, we had a quick-moving cold front move through yesterday afternoon.  Blowing, cold, snow, followed by the most glorious light a photographer could hope for.  Just enough time to get a couple shots, not the composition you plan for by any means.  But just a golden glow in this canyon that conveniently cuts through the red sandstones of the Vermilion Cliffs of the Grand Staircase.

Posted March 8, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Charl and I hiked up a small box canyon in the Vermilion Cliffs near Kanab, Utah.  (Actually, I had to carry him over the rough stuff.)  The Vermilion Cliffs are the lowermost of the “steps” in the Grand Staircase Natl. Monument.  Iron oxide in the sandstone gives it the gorgeous red color.

Posted March 6, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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A stallion kept at the kennel in Springdale where I stopped and got Charl cleaned up.  He was persuaded to be friendly by some carrots I had.  I miss my horses, and have decided on a whim to volunteer at the large animal rescue facility near Kanab, UT.  I’ll be working with the horses and dogs, and maybe the birds of prey as well.

Posted March 5, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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In southwest Utah, called “Dixie” because some of the first settlers were convinced by Brigham Young (who made his winter home here) to grow cotton.  I love the valley of the Virgin River as it exits Zion Natl. Park.  Springdale is such an unpretentious, peaceful community, and one that enjoys more than its fair share of sunshine. 

Posted March 5, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Traveling through the remote stretch of desert in eastern California’s Panamint Valley, I saw this small group of feral burros (descendants of miner’s burros set free in the 1800s and early 1900s) and just had to see how close I could get.  They were curious, but the males (this is two couples) definitely looked to be healthy and ready to defend their women.  So I used the body language I’ve learned to use with horses when you want them to relax.

Posted March 4, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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This is the most over-photographed place in Death Valley, Zabriskie Point, at sunrise.  I joined my photographer brethren there, for some..ahem..gear talk.  I had to do that just once.  Now I can get back to my style of photography.

Posted March 3, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Keeping on keeping on this trip through California, Nevada and Utah.  Will post more photos of Death Valley, which is still on my top 10 favorite places in the world.  Spent a night in Vegas, and now I’m in southern Utah, headed for the canyon country.  First Bryce for some XC skiing.

Posted March 3, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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