Last weekend we had some snow and since it’s December it seemed like a good time for it. After all, it’s almost Christmas. However, when the sun came out a few days later it warmed up and now the snow is gone. That one cold, snowy Saturday turned out to be a perfect time for staying home, writing Christmas cards and having a cup of hot chocolate! I’m also enjoying the displays and decorations I’ve seen this month that are so cheerful for the holidays. These pictures are of scenes that I’ve admired from past Decembers. Sometimes it’s nice to stop and simply enjoy the season, especially when a little winter weather comes your way.
This time I’m talking about Red Canyon in Utah. I passed it on the road to Bryce Canyon and it looked so interesting I stopped there for a look around on the way back from Bryce. Red Canyon has some moderately easy walks and hikes, so I walked on one of the shorter trails. I liked this because I wanted to enjoy the views and take pictures without having to think about steep drop-offs! I even saw some wildflowers along the way, which I always enjoy wherever I am. Red Canyon had free admission and parking so I’d like to spend more time there the next time I’m in that area.
Some of the views:
Along the trail
Where does this go?
Walk up to this…
Drive through this!
And of course the flowers.
I’d like to say it was a serious hike rather that a walk, but I was so busy looking around and taking pictures it turned out to be more of a leisurely stroll! For instance, I saw the Bright Angel Trail and all the people starting off on their adventures, but after only a few steps I realized how narrow the trail was. I quickly decided that the Rim Trail was enough of a challenge for me. There are guard rails in many places on the trail and I was always happy to see them.
Here are some of the views from these trails.
What a view!
A must-read sign
I chose the Rim Trail
View from the trail
I wanted to see the Grand Canyon and keep at a safe distance at the same time. As a result of doing this I was able to stop, stand back and see views like these.
The sky was a brilliant blue throughout my trip to Arizona and Utah. When you add that to the sunshine it made a perfect backdrop to some unforgettable places. Every day the mountains and canyons were even more remarkable because of the beautiful September weather. Here is an example from Zion National Park:
Later that day the clouds disappeared.
Here are some other scenes, including a friendly little bird at the Grand Canyon that posed for a picture for me.
Red Canyon, Utah
Grand Canyon view
Grand Canyon shuttle
Grand Canyon bird
You can revisit the past with this famous road and sign in Flagstaff, Arizona.
More adventures coming soon!
I just got back from a trip to Arizona and Utah, with stops at the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Zion, and Bryce Canyon. I also drove on Route 66 (now Historic 66) in Flagstaff, Arizona. There was a lot of driving involved (over 1000 miles) to get from place to place as well as a lot of walking/hiking on trails at the parks. Everything was gorgeous and the weather was warm – but not hot – and cooled down considerably after the sun went down.
Here is an overview of some of the places I visited, with more from each place coming soon!
Utah mountain scene
Grand Canyon sunrise
One of the nicest parts about summer is seeing all the flowers in bloom. Right now in my garden there are purple coneflowers, daisies, black-eyed Susans, bee balm, phlox and many other colorful flowers, all competing for space. Along with these plants are some interesting visitors such as butterflies, along with bumblebees and honey bees. One of my favorite herbs is lavender, and since there was so much rain this spring followed by sunshine they have really grown. Here is an assortment from my garden on a sunny day. I would have taken more pictures but I was chased away by a bee that didn’t want any humans around!
Garden in July
Now that it’s March I know it will be spring soon. I was out for a walk at a park and when I saw all these hopeful signs of spring I know it won’t be long now.
About to bloom
Waiting for some birds!
Just a few more days and it will be spring!
I was in Florida last week and in addition to the warm weather and sunshine I saw lots of flowers still in bloom. This was a wonderful sight for December! Now that I’m back home where it is a bit colder I’m looking at these pictures and already looking forward to the spring.
A single flower…
Still in bloom
Seen through the leaves
…and one more cheerful flower.
I’m also looking forward to the holidays!
I’ve been in different parts of Virginia over the past few weeks and the change in the trees has been remarkable. When I was in Williamsburg at the beginning of the month there was a lot of color in the leaves and shrubs. A nursery at Colonial Williamsburg had rows of greenery and potted plants for sale. Last week I was in the mountains and saw the Natural Bridge. It was quite impressive even though the leaves were gone. Still, the trees can be dramatic even without leaves.
Williamsburg in early November:
Lots of color
Plants for sale
A few weeks later:
A path to…
Now is also a good time to look forward to all the upcoming holidays. Happy Thanksgiving!
Last Sunday afternoon I went to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia to see the fall colors. I picked a good day for a visit because this is what I saw.
Autumn colors are everywhere.
First glimpse of colors
Rows of mountains…
From a walking trail
Sometimes it isn’t necessary to say too much about your subject. The scenery is simply perfect.