April 14th, 2018 to Monday, 14th May; Zion National Park.
after the Rain”
Crags south of Zion National Park, Utah)
Oil Study on Pannelli Telati Panel
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After the rains slackened and it
began to clear, the evening light on Eagle Crags was too wonderful to resist, especially
with the rainclouds passing away into the east, and the long shadows of evening
already throwing my camp into shadow.
used in the painting:
W&N Venetian Red;
W&N Cobalt & Ultramarine Deep Blues;
W&N Cerulean, Cobalt and Ultramarine Deep Blues, Cadmiums Orange &
Rublev: Ercolano Red, Purple Ochre, Blue Ridge
Yellow Ochre, Italian Burnt Sienna, Orange Molybdate & Lead White #2, Ceruse.
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Zion NP itself, I have taken several hikes: the Grotto & Emerald Pools, the
River Walk to the Narrows, the Weeping Wall, and littered about the Big
Bend. I also drove out to the east
entrance and back, to Lava Point and back, and on the way down from Cedar City
(where I got my new phone, on the way over from Bryce), I introduced myself to
the Kolob Canyons section of the National Park.
I have been here so much longer than I had planned, but desperate as my
camp is to get to, it is a great site, and so I decided to enjoy this camp,
while catching up on publishing the past few blog posts, a bit of needed
paperwork and some painting, all with views to die for!
view over the Plateau to|
the Canyon tops from Lava Point.
West Temple … which is of |
the Temple Cap Formation; below it are
cliffs of Navajo Sandstone.
(Hand held extreme Telephoto shot).
the way down from Lava Point.|
up at the Canyon walls, it's hard to believe that up there is an expansive
plateau, but once you take the 22 mile, 5000 foot climb to Lava Point you can
see it all. There you are above the
plateau, and the top of the cliffs that you are looking up at, while in the
main part of Zion Canyon, is some 20 miles or so distant and a thousand or more
feet below you. There was a chill wind
from the north on that day, and it was a long drive back to camp, so I did not tarry;
I had done my laundry in the town of Hurricane so it was also late in the
day. If for no other reason than to put
another perspective on things, it was well worth the long drive up, and up, and
up there. I also saw a bald eagle.
following photos are on the walk from the Grotto to Emerald Pools.
of the Middle Emerald Pools.|
of the Middle Emerald Pools ... not
so emerald, it seems ta me, Pilgrim.|
the way down …|
to the Lower Emerald Pools.|
has been a joy watching the cactus flowers, and others, coming into bloom. The Cottonwoods were fully leaved in Spring
greens when I arrived, and are more Summery now. Over in Cottonwood Canyon, the Cottonwoods
were just beginning to show small leaves, the week before I arrived here. I have had two cool or cold rainy periods,
but the weather has generally been warm, and the past few days, just downright
hot, up as high as 99°F (37.22°C to the rest of the World [37 just doesn't
sound very hot to me!]). I will point
out that if you're sitting in the shade of tree or slab of rock, these
temperatures were not as bad as I thought they would be … I expect it is the
dryness of the desert … about 7% humidity today. Even though it was 90°F by the time I got
back to camp from yesterday morning’s walk, it was not as onerous as I thought
t'would be … don't get me wrong it was still hot in the sun, but I wear a long
sleeved shirt from Duluth Trading Company that is 98% UV protected, and broad
brimmed bush hat with the same specs, so that I don't usually need to slather
on the sun-screen; I've never been one who thought tanning a virtue.
following are from the River Walk, which takes you to the Narrows; from there
it’s wading … should you so desire … and if the conditions permit (think “flash-flood!).
suspiciously like the Lost leading the Lost.” |
sez I, out loud. “Yes!
Totally agree.” exclaimed a bystander.
of my shots were like this … |
a water Ostrich, perhaps?
all the passers-by.|
watching has been an amusing pastime (one just scampered up a slab), with two
different sizes, like I spotted over in Cottonwood Canyon. There also seems to be two different types of
the larger. The small ones are about
2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches from the tip of the nose to just behind the back legs,
with the tail a bit longer, making them 5-1/2 to 7 and a bit inches overall,
while the larger ones are about 15 to 18 inches overall, but since their tails
are long, thin and whip-like, and appear to be over 60% of their total length,
their bodies might only be 6 to 7-1/2 inches; still respectable. These larger lizards have tails so long that
they leave a decided impression in the fine sand. They are all relatively skittish, except for
one small chap (or chappess), who comes out every evening to lie on his rock,
about four feet from my chair, while I’m eating supper. He doesn't move even when I get up to go to
my car or when I come back and sit down.
By and by when the gloaming has set well in, he makes his move and
slides down under his, not very large, rock for the night; it took me four
nights to catch him in the act of turning in.
suppertime companion on his rock … |
a little blurry as it was deep into
of the small lizards.|
most common …|
the Big Lizards.|
only seen a couple of this type of Big Lizard.|
one … quite grand, isn’t he? |
(on the Eagle Crags Trail)
eating lunch and sitting in my camp chair under a Pinyon Pine, one of the Big
lizards trotted along and began working the pine duff beneath the tree, not far
from where I was quietly sitting, getting as close as a couple feet from my
chair. I watched as he busily dug away
in the duff, his tongue flicking out and sensing his surroundings, and by and
by his head would dart into his excavation, and he would withdraw and swallow
some morsel he had found; I never did see what he had actually found, but out
of eight or nine diggings, he was successful at three or four of them. Once during a dig he all of a sudden turned
and got something from under his tail! I
am surmising that in his digging he had shot something with his forelimbs
beneath his body where he detected it and “voila!” … a snack! After awhile he moved off, probably to sleep
off his successful luncheon.
about at Big Bend.
ya look at that |
White Navajo Sandstone up there,
… comin’ along nicely.|
are also several beetles, of the kind I spotted over in Cottonwood Canyon, that
wonder about the area, leaving their trails in the dust. Yesterday I took a before breakfast stroll on
the trail towards Eagle Crags. On the
way there were plenty of lizard trails crossing the footpath, and at one point
I spotted where beetles had also crossed.
I wonder if the other three hikers (two cars at the trailhead, and three
sets of boot prints), had noticed. A
large Coyote scat on the trail as well … unless it was a hiker’s dog that had
eaten the neighbor's cat, but it didn't look like cat hair within. There is also a resident hawk (just flew
over), but I’m a bit hazy on hawk identification. The no-see-um gnats have begun to come out
over the past few days, and though annoying, they haven't begun to bite yet, as
far as I can tell. If I can get through
tomorrow without them biting, I should be OK, as I’m heading north on Saturday,
the 12th. I understand they
are a real scourge in southern Utah and the four corners region.
the riverside stroll between the Bridge and the Museum.
me! So many flowers …|
so many flower books, |
if one only had the dosh!