Grown from Stone

I am always amazed how life can take root almost anywhere. I found this old Juniper tree on a barren rock… seemingly having grown from stone. Its roots spreading out and searching for the soil. I think this tree had lost its battle for life in Utah’s desert terrain, but the fact that it was…

Cowboy’s Delight

The Cowboy’s Delight flower… this might be the oddest common name for a flower. The scientific name is a mouth full, Spaheralcea Coccinea, so I guess Cowboy’s Delight it is. It sounds like something cowboys would have eaten for dessert. The Wild West’s version of Turkish delight. In reality, the name is thought to have…

Arches Evening Primrose

It’s moments like these where you realize how many things we pass by so quickly in life. This Evening Primrose flower, albeit very pretty, probably wouldn’t have stood out in a field of flowers. But, place it in the desert, surrounded by gigantic rock structures, and the perspective changes. This delicate Evening Primrose gives a…

Yucca Stalk

From afar a Yucca plant doesn’t look all that interesting or inviting, but up close this plant holds many intricate secrets. The closer you get, the more you’ll discover about the beauty of this plant. Start with the long pointy leaves and notice the various shades of green and yellow and then how the shadows play…

Arches Juniper

I don’t know what it is about Juniper trees, but I think they are the coolest looking trees out there. They aren’t even close to being the biggest, but they are rugged and look the part. Junipers can seemingly survive in any environment. I have seen them gnarled and twisted, clinging onto wind-swept cliff faces and I’ve…

Delicate Arch: A Hiker’s Guide

Delicate Arch is one of those occurrences in nature that is hard to believe exists if you have never seen it with your own eyes. It is not only an unusual arch, because of its distinctive shape standing free of any surrounding rocks, but its’ very location, perched on the edge of a cliff face…

Sandy Beetle

I found this sand loving beetle while hiking on the primitive section of the Devil’s Garden Trail in Arches National Park. Arches is one of my favorite places. The rock structures that are protected by the park are the obvious draw, but like many of the national parks I believe the delicate ecosystem is the hidden…

Partition Arch

This is the Partition Arch located in Arches National Park. This is by far my favorite view of this arch as it looks out over the landscape below, but it is hard to see why they call it “partition.” If you look up in the right hand corner of this image you can see what…

Surprise Arch

Surprise! It is an arch. This arch is the aptly named Surprise Arch located inside the Fiery Furnace area of Arches National Park. The furnace is a maze of towering rock fins. It is highly recommended that you go on a guided hiking trip through this area as it is very easy to get turned around and…