Friday, November 20, 2015

Goosenecks Of The San Juan River, Goosenecks State Park

Goosenecks of the San Juan River, Goosenecks State Park, Utah.
Having been to southeast Utah's Goosenecks State Park a number of times, I'm always looking for the best conditions to portray this sprawling scene. 

This is my favorite shot so far. A bright sunny day, at mid day, with cumulus clouds to accent the blue sky and throw some shadows that help give the canyon slopes some sense of depth. 

The Goosenecks of the San Juan River is called "the world's most entrenched meander." It certainly is entrenched: a thousand feet down from the rims to the river. 

The Goosenecks are near the high desert hamlet of Mexican Hat, Utah. 

Nearby is one of my favorite areas, a section of Utah Highway 261 called the Moki Dugway. After driving up it another 1,100 feet you are on the southern edge of Cedar Mesa. The views of the lower San Juan River valley and toward Monument Valley are superb.

The Moki Dugway portion of Highway 261, north of Mexican Hat and the Goosenecks.

Photo location: San Juan County, southeast Utah.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Early Snow in Southeast Utah

November snow, south end of Moab, Utah.
It has been an early winter in southern Utah's high desert canyon country. 

This morning in Moab there was new snow on the cliffs and hills around town, and of course another fresh coating on the La Sal Mountains.
Snow on the red cliffs above Moab, Utah.
I drove north out of town, to I-70. Then east from Crescent Junction to get a few shots of the white stuff while it still adorned the south facing aspects of the Book Cliffs. Lovely, lovely.

Snowy Book Cliffs, Thompson Springs, Utah.
Photo locations: Moab and Thompson Springs, Grand County, Utah.

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