August nights last year, stargazing in the High Uintas #utahisrad #perseid #meteorshower #mirrorlake #utah #stars
Timp Star Trails on Flickr.
A night out camping on the Timpanogos Trail with the Scouts after a nice hike.
Blown Opportunities on Flickr.
This was taken at Baker Fork, just above Tibble Fork, on the ridge overlooking Heber. The sky was clear until I was about 1/2 way into my session, and then in came the clouds. Not all sessions go well, but I still liked the streaming clouds moving in and over the stars enough that I wanted to share.
Snowy Landscapes on Flickr.
It’s been a dream of mine to snowboard the upper bowl on the top-right called Chablis Bowl. It’s off-resort, and so getting to it won’t be easy, or allowed (from Sundance). But, it seems that every time I see it, it’s beautifully covered with fresh snow.
Last season I saw tracks leading up the bowl along Sundance Ridge to the top called Cockscomb Ridge and Southeast Peak (which look into Big Provo Hole). I found out it was the Utah Avalanche team measuring snow pack for water level estimates. It was intriguing, and made me quite jealous!
Tokyo Nights on Flickr.
Cherry blossom season in Japan is something everyone should experience at least once. There are a slew of street vendors, picnics, drinking parties, walks, and gatherings for everyone to enjoy. It’s quite like a block party in many different sections of the city. I know you’ll love it!
Spring Lift Ride on Flickr.
It’s a perfect time for a spring scenic lift ride at Sundance Resort with the sun over Timpanogos and cooler temperatures. I can’t remember if I got off at the top and hiked down or it was on a full moon lift ride evening where I hitched a ride back down, but this has to be my most favorite view from the resort.
Lead the Way on Flickr.
A famous and absolutely must-see slot canyon in the Escalante area is Spooky. This canyon is narrow! For most of the way out from the top-down, I needed to hold my Osprey Talon backpack in my outstretched hand and turn sideways to fit through. Then when traffic came from up-canyon there was just about no where to go! If you ever have the opportunity to visit, my advice is to leave early to beat both the heat and the crowds.
Watching the Stars Go Around on Flickr.
For the Perseid Meteor shower, we took the family and drove out to Mirror Lake in the High Uintas of Northern Utah to enjoy the night sky. It was a perfect night, being extremely dark and cloudless.
In the middle of this photo you can see the whitish figure of the Milky Way. It was very close to the North Star at this hour, and the kids had commented that they had never seen the stars so bright as we saw them this night. Totally a fun family activity and a great opportunity for me to practice my night shooting.
Sunrise Surf on Flickr.
The view from Manly Beach in Sydney Australia was almost enough to convince me to stay. It has be like living on a beach paradise or close to it. It’s really a shame that I didn’t have a board and a wetsuit, but I’ll look forward to that possibly on another visit.
Sunsets and Snowfields on Flickr.
On one of my trips to the summit of Timpanogos at 11,752 ft (3,582 m), I timed it just right to sit down, take the camera out, and enjoy the sunset. These are the times that you feel that anything is possible.
Stargazing at Silver Lake Flats on Flickr.
In an effort to capture the stars between summer storm clouds and the new moon, I headed to Silver Lake in American Fork Canyon.
The area was pitch black except for one camp fire to the North, and the lights you see over the mountain to the East, which is the Heber valley.
I like to photograph the stars with the white balance set to incandescent lighting. It tends to cut out the white glare from city lights reflecting into the sky better than auto white balance, although we all know that the sky was never blue/purple. It’s just amazing to see how many stars there are in the sky, and under the right conditions, I feel that this setting tends to show the stars off the best.
Timpanooke Stream on Flickr.
Right in our backyard at the footstool of Timpanogos is American Fork Canyon and the Alpine Loop. This is from the Timpanooke Trail Head. A perfect place to find wooded serenity, to enjoy nature, and rejuvenate.
A few years ago, the melted snow of a fantastic La Niña snowfall season filled our streams. In fact, this one was overflowing just before this point of view.