Paria Road

Exit78 Photo of the Day #12

Road to Paria (aka Pahreah), Utah, ghost town, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, October 9, 2015 (Pentax K-3 II) 37°11’10″N 111°59’44″W

Road to Paria (aka Pahreah), Utah, ghost town, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, October 9, 2015 (Pentax K-3 II) 37°11’10″N 111°59’44″W

We were just on our way through, so didn’t take this inviting road into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument from the pull-out where we had stopped for a stretch and photo break.

Paria, Utah[1]

Paria /pəˈriːə/, (rhymes with “Maria”) or Pahreah, is a ghost town on the Paria River in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in central Kane County, Utah, United States. It was inhabited from 1870 to 1929, and later used as a filming location. (more)


  1. Paria, Utah – Wikipedia
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Black Hills Lightning

Exit78 Photo of the Day #11

Lightning in storm approaching Rushmore Shadows campground, south of Rapid City, South Dakota, August 19, 2007 (Pentax K10D)

Lightning in storm approaching Rushmore Shadows campground, south of Rapid City, South Dakota, August 19, 2007 (Pentax K10D)

This photo – one of 3 – is from the first time I ever successfully photographed a storm and its lightning.  At our home, in Arkansas, the horizons are blocked by trees, which pretty much precludes getting storm photos unless we go somewhere when there are storms in the area – I’m not very interested in chasing storms.

It wasn’t raining yet when I took the photos handheld, no tripod.  This one is an 8.9 second exposure, which is why the campground lights and campers are blurred, even though I braced by leaning my right shoulder against the camper. The lightning is of much, much shorter duration, making the lightning, the rain and the silhouette of the trees much sharper.


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Dream

Exit78 Photo of the Day #10

Nymph and Dream Lakes hike, Rocky Mountain National Park, Sept. 15, 2011, panorama from three photos using Autostitch (Pentax K-r)

Nymph and Dream Lakes hike, Rocky Mountain National Park, Sept. 15, 2011, panorama from three photos using Autostitch (Pentax K-r)

Dream Lake Hike[1]

The trail is from Bear Lake to Emerald Lake, but we didn’t go all of the way to Emerald on this hike.  Roundtrip, the Dream lake hike is a little over 2.2 miles starting from the trailhead at Bear Lake, plus a little bit, how much depending on where you parked in the very large Bear Lake parking lot. The elevation gain is 450 feet, with Dream Lake elevation at 9910 feet.

This is one of our favorite hikes, but, at nearly 10,000 feet in elevation, it’s not one to take if you’re not acclimatized to higher altitudes or have medical issues that affects your breathing. On this hike, we turned back after getting to Dream Lake as it was getting late and we were already seeing a bit of rain and, perhaps, snow higher up.

The trail continues past Dream Lake to Emerald Lake, adding 1.3 miles round trip.  Emerald Lake is at 10,110 feet above sea level.


  1. Dream Lake – Rocky Mountain Hiking Trails.com
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Sun, Sand, & Water

Exit78 Photo of the Day #9

Late afternoon on Sandy Cove beach , Canton Lake, Oklahoma, September 5, 2011 (Pentax K-r)

Late afternoon on Sandy Cove beach , Canton Lake, Oklahoma, September 5, 2011 (Pentax K-r)

We’ve stopped twice at Sandy Cove Campground on trips heading west.  A US Army Corps of Engineers facility, seniors with the Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass get half off the camping fee.

Sandy Cove, OK[1]

Sandy Cove Campground is located on the north end of Canton Dam in northwest Oklahoma on the North Canadian River, just 2.5 miles from the town of Canton.

Canton Lake hosts a large number of campers, picnickers, boaters, fishermen and hunters every year, as one of few places in western Oklahoma to offer all of these activities.

Natural Features:

The campground is nestled in a woodland of blackjack oak and post oak trees, providing an excellent camping environment.

Recreation:

Canton Lake is known for its fishing opportunities, especially walleye fishing. The Walleye Rodeo fishing derby is held annually in May and draws thousands of visitors to the area.
The lake’s gently sloping sandy beaches are inviting for swimmers and sunbathers. Water skiing is popular on the broad expanse of water paralleling the dam, where winds are subdued.

Facilities:

Though none of the campsites are adjacent to the lake, Sandy Cove is a very popular destination. It offers 35 family sites and one day-use group picnic shelter, all with electrical hookups. Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water and a large swim beach.


  1. Sandy Cove, OK – Recreation.gov
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Ice

Exit78 Photo of the Day #8

West Central Arkansas - After the Ice & Snow Storm, December 7, 2013 (Pentax K-r)

West Central Arkansas – After the Ice & Snow Storm, December 7, 2013 (Pentax K-r)

Event Summary[1]  (Updated 6pm 12/6/2013)

A major winter storm impacted eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas, beginning early Thursday, December 5th, and continuing through late Friday, December 6th. Significant ice accumulations and sleet and snow accumulations occurred. An arctic cold front pushed through the region during the daylight hours Wednesday, December 4th, dropping temperatures from the 60s in some locations to below freezing in a matter of hours. Precipitation did not develop along the surface front, but instead, waited for a series of upper-level disturbances to move northeastward across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas on Thursday and Friday.

Freezing rain, mixed with sleet at times, developed through Thursday morning, primarily to the southeast of the Interstate 44 corridor. Temperatures were warm enough initially in far southeast Oklahoma and a small part of west central Arkansas that the precipitation began as rain before quickly transitioning to freezing rain by mid morning. Cold air gradually deepened from north to south during the afternoon and evening, allowing some of the freezing rain to transition to sleet and finally snow. Additional precipitation blossomed overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, bringing some of the first measurable snow or sleet to areas north of the Interstate 44 corridor, as well as locations in southeast Oklahoma and west central Arkansas that previously saw significant ice accumulation.

Far southeast Oklahoma and west central Arkansas were hardest hit with ice accumulation and related impacts. Areas from Hugo to Antlers, Poteau, and toward Greenwood and Ozark saw between a half inch and an inch of ice accumulation. Widespread power outages occurred. Snow and sleet accumulated to 3 to 6 inches across a large part of northeast Oklahoma, east central Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. The largest snow and sleet accumulations, a foot or more, were recorded in far northwest Arkansas across Benton and Carroll counties.

Officially, Tulsa, OK received 4.9″, Fort Smith, AR 5.0″, and Fayetteville, AR 7.0″ of sleet and snow during this event.

Major winter storm moves through Arkansas[1]

Icy blast leaves thousands without power; conditions expected to deteriorate

This article was originally published December 6, 2013 at 4:36 a.m. Updated December 6, 2013 at 3:06 p.m.

Police say they responded to numerous wrecks Friday as winter weather moved across Arkansas, including one that injured an Arkansas State Police trooper.

State police advised against travel through the rest of the day and especially overnight.

“Highway conditions across Arkansas are expected to worsen overnight as the result of colder weather expected to sweep across the state,” spokesman Bill Sadler wrote in the statement. “Unless it is absolutely necessary or an emergency, highway travel across much of the state is not recommended.”


  1. December 5-6, 2013 Winter Weather Event – National Weather Service
  2. Major winter storm moves through Arkansas – ArkansasOnline
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Autumn color at home

Exit78 Photo of the Day #7

Autumn color at home, west-central Arkansas, November 8, 2007 (Pentax K10D)

Autumn color at home, west-central Arkansas, November 8, 2007 (Pentax K10D)

Autumn leaf color1

Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects the normally green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn season, various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown. The phenomenon is commonly called autumn colours or autumn foliage in British English and fall colors, fall foliage or simply foliage in American English.

In some areas of Canada and the United States, “leaf peeping” tourism is a major contribution to economic activity. This tourist activity occurs between the beginning of color changes and the onset of leaf fall, usually around September and October in the Northern Hemisphere and April to May in the Southern Hemisphere.


  1. Autumn leaf color – Wikipedia
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Picnic shelter at sunset

Exit78 Photo of the Day #6

Picnic shelter at sunset, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area,  Lake Powell, Utah just north of Utah-Arizona line, October 2, 2011 (Pentax K-r)

Picnic shelter at sunset, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area,  Lake Powell, Utah just north of Utah-Arizona line, October 2, 2011 (Pentax K-r)

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area’s Wahweap1 was a nice place to stop for a couple of nights on our meandering travels in 2011.  The location is right on the state line between Utah and Arizona. Lodging, camping and the marina are in Arizona, while the picnic area, boat ramp and boat trailer parking are in Utah.  Our camp site was so close to the state line that the time on our smart phones was swapping back and forth between Utah and Arizona time!


  1. Wahweap RV Park & Campground – Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas
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Navajo Loop

Post-processing1 #9

Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, October 7, 2015

Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, October 7, 2015


  1. Image editing to enhance the photo closer to what the eye “saw.” Images in this series are selected within a day or so of being edited and are either posted at the time or scheduled for posting at a later date.
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Split-rails

Exit78 Photo of the Day #5

Split-rail Fence, Mountain Farm Museum, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, near Cherokee, North Carolina, June 15, 2012 (Pentax K-r)

Split-rail Fence, Mountain Farm Museum, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, near Cherokee, North Carolina, June 15, 2012 (Pentax K-r)

Split-Rail Fence1

A split-rail fence or log fence (also known as a zigzag fence, worm fence or snake fence historically due to its meandering layout) is a type of fence constructed in the United States and Canada, and is made out of timber logs, usually split lengthwise into rails and typically used for agricultural or decorative fencing. Such fences require much more timber than other types of fences, and so are generally only common in areas where wood is abundant. However, they are very simple in their construction, and can be assembled with few tools even on hard or rocky ground. They also can be built without using any nails or other hardware; such hardware was often scarce in frontier areas. They are particularly popular in very rocky areas where post hole digging is almost impossible. They can even be partially or wholly disassembled if the fence needs to be moved or the wood becomes more useful for other purposes. During the American Civil War, these split rail fences were a major source of firewood for both the Union and Confederate armies.


  1. Split-rail fence – Wikipedia
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Sunrise Point

Exit78 Photo of the Day #4

Sunrise Point area, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, October 8, 2015 (Pentax K-3 II) shot from 37°37'41"N 112°09'47"W

Sunrise Point area, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, October 8, 2015 (Pentax K-3 II) shot from 37°37’41″N 112°09’47″W

Sunrise Point Trails1

Sunrise Point serves as the trailhead for the easy to moderate Queen’s Garden Trail that descends into a section of hoodoos ruled by the Queen Victoria hoodoo. This viewpoint also represents the end point for the Navajo Loop/Queen Victoria combination, one of the most popular hikes in the Park. Just to the north of this overlook, the Fairyland Loop climbs back up to the rim continuing north to where it completes its 8-mile journey at Fairyland Canyon overlook. For those who prefer shorter hikes, descending this section of the Fairyland Loop as far as the Tower Bridge and returning back up to Sunrise point, offers a 3-mile “out & back.” The Tower Bridge Hike has a difficulty rating of moderate.


  1. Sunrise Point – Bryce Canyon National Park, National Park Service
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