Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sunrise Heaven

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I was out of bed early enough to catch this glorious sunrise from the front of my house.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

July 4th Parade, Torrey, Utah

Every year Torrey hosts what I think is the biggest Independence Day parade in Wayne County although it rarely seems to be on July 4th itself, usually being moved to the nearest Saturday. I wandered up to the parade a little late having watched another World Cup game but was in time to see the second leg when all the vehicles and floats come back up Main Street. I took about 200 pictures but have whittled it down to about 30, probably too many of emergency vehicles but there seemed to be more than usual this year.

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Old Father July 4th?

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Cute Sheriff's Deputies in the county!

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Those nurses just keep getting younger.

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The famous Wayne County Wieners

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The little fellas enjoy their float every year.

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I never see these driving around town, it would be fun to drive one to the post office to pick up the mail.

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Ranger Worthington gets into the spirit of things.

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A new entry in the parade this year I think, all the way from Kanab - it's GREEN.

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The Wayne County football team looked a bit bored,

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but their coach spotted the Sevier County wrestling coach in the crowd

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and the Wayne County boys showed him what they were made of, of course he was once a Wayne County boy himself.
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Cafe Diablo distributes miniature pies to the onlookers, somehow I managed not to get one this year, I hear they were good.

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Contrary to Facebook rumours this is not me!

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The Torrey Town fire truck.

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We have a tanker too

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And a brush truck

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The Entrada Institute runs the Robber's Roost coffee shop and puts on numerous talks and demonstrations by visiting experts during the summer months. The trailer is of a kind often seen high on the flat top mountains serving as a summer home to shepherds.

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Thousand Lakes RV is hosting the Velocette Motorcycle national rally this year.

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Smoky always puts in an appearance.

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The newly formed Wayne County Business Association gave a ride to the Dark Skies/Heritage Starfest group.  Wayne County has some of the darkest skies in the country and we'd like to keep it that way.

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Ooh, the bright yellow Lyman fire truck, Lyman has a brand new fire station, maybe that's why they have a yellow truck?

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Rocket Man...

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A new Wayne County tender, short, squat and rugged.

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The Wayne County cheerleaders - wouldn't be a parade without cheerleaders.

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Jackson Excavation always has the biggest 'float' but I like the little details like the mini pile of stone, the kid seems very relaxed.

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They can dig it.

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The National Park camping float.

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They were distributing posters but I was too busy behind the camera to get one, I did at least get some candy that was thrown though.

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I'm not sure why Wayne County needs this monstrosity but it is impressive.

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Most of the horse riding these days is by tourists but the cattle drives in the spring and fall still feature real cowboys on horseback.

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A real cowboy?  Looks like it.

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And when the parade is over the sheriff heads off for the day's business.

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The next installment will feature all the fun at the town park, particularly the pie eating contest...

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunrise on Beas Lewis

It's pretty close to the solstice so when we woke up early it seemed like an appropriate time to go out for some sunrise pictures, not that I really think there is an appropriate time for such foolishness, the sun is supposed to be up before me! We decided to stay close and go up on the Beas Lewis Road just east of Torrey.




It was a little chilly up there, about 45F with a breeze and the sun seemed to take a long time to come up. Eventually the first rays struck the top of the Anthill

Then the Cockscomb lit up - it's made of white rock but glows red in the earliest sunlight


And finally the sun poked up over the horizon


Next the cliffs below Thousand Lake Mountain started to be illuminated along with the Prince's Plume which was abundant.


Shortly after sunrise I managed to capture a ghost rushing to get back to it's daytime home


This old tree has seen a few sunrises


I could hear the smell of bacon and eggs so one last look and back to the house...



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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Miner's Mountain

Janet had mentioned the Bees-Lewis Road just outside Torrey to the east a couple of times recently so it was time to go explore, we loaded up the Tundra with Whip, Louise, Eddd, Janet and I and headed out for a quick drive. I had been down the road once before but it seemed to end at a gate to a quarry, updated information told us that there was more to be found and after a quick tour around the quarry we took the right fork just after the gate. We immediately climbed onto a ridge overlooking highway 12 with spectacular views of Thousand Lake Mountain across the Torrey cliffs to the north, the Fremont Valley to the west and Boulder Mountain to the south.
Thousand Lake Mountain over the Torrey Cliffs.

Highway 12 Headed Up Towards Boulder Mountain

Boulder Mountain and the Cockscomb (or Stegosaurus)

From here the road turned towards Capitol Reef and climbed over the top of Miner's Mountain so that we could see the cliffs of Capitol Reef next to highway 24.

Chimney Rock

Boulder Mountain and the Cockscomb form Miner's Summit ridge.

The road ends at the ridge so we got out for a quick hike around, one of Janet's requirements for a truck ride.


The Tundra patiently waiting for the next adventure.

It's been a great spring for flowers after the very snowy winter.

From the summit we headed south into a wash which we followed for a while until we reached a step that the Tundra couldn't handle, we could probably have gone to one side of it but decided that was far enough for the day. Just below the step was evidence of a fearsome beast...

Dinosaur Skull?

Janet's goat imitations require her to climb to the highest spot around, here she is showing off the BMWST Torrey XIX T-shirt, another of Whip's masterpieces.

The Tundra grumbled that it could easily take that little step!

All of the pictures in this post were taken with my Canon 60mm macro lens, it does pretty well with the landscapes!  I decided to use it as a macro lens as well.
Claret Cup Cactus

This is the full resolution picture cropped down. Quite a versatile lens.

A few more macro shots of tiny rock formations.



From there we reversed our route and headed to dinner at the Rim Rock.
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