It’s Halloween, also known as All Hallow’s Eve or All Saints’ Day Eve. I did some light painting on a group of small decorative pumpkins that I found at the grocery store the other day. Instead of being all orange, they are mostly white with touches of orange, yellow, and green and I thought they made an interesting and kind of different Halloween subject.
As cold weather envelops the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, the leaves that have contributed their glorious colors to the landscape begin to fall from the trees one by one. A single willow leaf remained on some twigs and I couldn’t resist photographing it with the remaining fall colors as a background.
Between the aspens, the willows, and the cottonwoods, Flaming Gorge lived up to its name. While the gorge is actually named for the color of the cliffs in the canyon, the colors of the leaves in fall are nothing short of spectacular. They put on a colorful show that rivaled any I’ve seen. In my mind, those gorgeous oranges and yellows and golds could have been the reason Flaming Gorge was so-named.
The band of ewes that we came across at the Red Canyon Overlook in Flaming Gorge, Utah was small but unafraid. They were not concerned about our presence. They were quite curious, in fact, and watched us as we photographed them from the vehicle. Nikon D6, Nikkor 500mmPF
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ram! This big guy was overseeing his small harem of ewes when we espied him resting in the pines near the Red Canyon Overlook in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Utah this past Friday. A few members of the small band that we saw Friday had radio collars like this ram used to track sheep movements. Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep were reintroduced to areas where they had been extirpated many years ago and restoration efforts have been successful in returning these magnificent animals to their natural habitat.
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Ashley National Forest in Utah is home to several bands of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. They are usually readily visible in several places in the area, including Red Canyon Overlook near where we were staying. However, on this trip they were elusive and we had only fleeting glimpses of them until the fourth day when a small band of five ewes rested among the pine cones while we photographed them from the vehicle. Nikon D6, Nikkor 500mm PF.
Thursday morning at Sheep Creek, as we looked for Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, the sunrise caught our attention. The fall colors here in Flaming Gorge are on fire, especially when the sun starts to peek over the mountains and backlights the yellows and oranges of the aspens and willows.
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Utah is home to a couple of herds of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and that is the reason I am there now. It would have been ideal if a large ram with huge curls had stepped onto the crags as the morning sun kissed the top of the mountain. That didn’t happen so instead I captured the intriguing edge of the mountain top with the shadows of the next ridge creating a jagged line of light.
Gorgeous fall color lined the winding road past Sheep Creek in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Utah on Tuesday. The yellows were breathtaking. The aspens and willows were putting on quite the show. It not brick, but I’d like to follow this yellow road!
By blurring the motion of the waves and the clouds with long exposures as I have done on most of the lighthouse images from Maine that I’ve posted recently, it might seem that there was very little drama there. It was quite the contrary however, as the angry clouds and crashing waves in this image clearly show a very different side of the Maine coast.