Saturday, June 9, 2012

Along Hyalite Trail

Last summer I finally ventured out and saw more of the falls along Hyaltie Canyon. Hiking to Silken Skein and Arches takes one through some very beautiful and scenic territory. I was quite entertained along the way and was fortunate to get some wonderful shots of this awesome area.

Double Exposure of Rock and Leaves

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Another Look at Gates of the Mountains

Nearly an year ago already, my husband and I took a little side trip after dropping our son at camp. I had heard some wonderful things about the Gates of the Mountains tour, and so I talked my husband into coming along for the ride. The area is every bit as beautiful as I had heard. On a good day you can see eagles and mountain goats. We did see a young eagle, but it was difficult to spot him since he was on shore and among trees. Also we saw some mule deer and a few seagulls. Even without the local wildlife, there are plenty of interesting sites to capture one's imagination. To begin with, there are the pictographs which are thousands of years old. Experts think they were used to navigate the area - a map of land features in a way. Plus there are plenty of rock features that are visible from the boat. I think my favorite is Stoney Elephant. I saved the best for last. The landscape view for which the area is named. Enjoy!
If you look really close you can see the pictographs on this rock.  They are the markings in red. 

This is one of the rock features along the tour.  This one is called Stoney Elephant.

This is another rock feature called Rhino.

And this is the most important feature of all the gates themselves.  Thus the name: The Gates of the Mountains.

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