Saturday, August 20, 2011

Icy in August


No, this is not an error.
And yes, we still have summer over here...

Inspiration Avenue's challenge this week is "Icy".
So I went through my archives... and came up with these photos taken during our last winter's trip to the American Southwest. We were in Canyonlands National Park and took an early morning walk to Mesa Arch. It was freakin' cold, but the frozen plants looked beautiful in the morning light, not quite sunny yet.


Usually we associate the red rock country with heat and a glaring sun. Most times I visited this area was in the winter - it is so much less crowded then and you can really enjoy the stunning beauty of this unique landscape. Plus you get the delight that the frost brings...


I hope to return to red rock country this winter.

14 comments:

WrightStuff said...

To use a cliche - totally cool!

I love taking photos of ice but was shocked at where you had snapped yours - totally unexpected!

Hope the trawl through your archive is keeping you cool :)

art2cee2 said...

This photo is so beautiful. I love it when ice forms on the branches, it always looks so elegant...although I don't think the power companies like it that much! :-)

Friko said...

magnificent scenery.
Amazing that the shrubs are frosted when there seems to be no frost on the ground.

Felicia Kramer said...

These are great photos! Good job!

alexa said...

That close-up is just wonderful - how spectacular is this!

Terrie said...

Wow - lovely photos; the center one of the icy branches is very cool - great focus! The first one with the red rock in the background makes my nostalgic for the AZ/NV landscape!

Chantal said...

weather is such a strange thing

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

WOW, SO amazing- I love the mountains in the distance, just incredible!

Heather said...

WOW! That is so cool. I have never seen anything like that! thanks for sharing...

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Gosh Carola, your photos are gorgeous. Sorry I'm late visiting this week, but I've been offline most of the week with a house guest who didn't understand the meaning of HOT. Guess I could have cooled her down with your lovely photos.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Gorgeous photos--I would love to see that in person some time. You have captured the best of the last two themes!

Faye said...

Such gorgeous photos! I love the west, but live in the eastern US. We like to vacation in Idaho, but in 2006 we drove coast to coast and saw such beautiful sights all the way out and back.

patty said...

Carola, love the juxtaposition of that first photo! We have been to all the Utah parks except Canyonlands and Arches. Too hot in the summer, so interesting to see your perspective here. Hmmmm....

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Love these. Your photos are stunning.
It was a fun theme in the middle of this HOT summer! thx for stopping by my blog.