Showing posts with label Kodachrome Basin State Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kodachrome Basin State Park. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

THE Trip, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Part 2

CABS for Reflections From the Fence

Our visit to Kodachrome Basin State Park was on May 16, 2011.

After our hike/walk along the Shakespeare Arch/Sentinel Trail we climbed back into Big Butt and drove around the rest of the park, checking out the campground, of course, and taking in the sedimentary pipes and other spectacular structures.  This park is not as large as some we have visited, but, my, it sure packs a visual punch.

Below, look close, about mid photo, there is a pipe there, look again.  A white pipe tucked in the middle of all that RED!

Below, need to look close on this photo to.  I mean, how stunning the red against the white. And, I do so love the streaks of red in that white, almost making it look like the sand art that our kids and grandkids love to make.

Below, look at this one!  W*O*W!!!

Below, to me, this one looked just like a boot, I am sure it is named - - I just have been unable to determine the name.

I am out of words of awe.  So, enjoy - -

We spent less than 2 full hours in Kodachrome Basin State Park.  Sony, Man and I took about 135 photos in that time.  Have to say, this was a great place to visit on our last full day in the Bryce Utah area.  The red, the formations, the contrasts all filled up my quest and need for spectacular and color, almost to the point of total sensory overload.  I was exhausted!  It was outstanding!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

THE Trip, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Part 1

CABS for Reflections From the Fence

Our visit to Kodachrome Basin State Park was on May 16, 2011.

After our ride out to Grosvenor Arch we stopped at Kodachrome Basin State Park. This park is known for monolithic stone spires called sedimentary pipes.  The pipes are quite distinctive and stunning (I know, there is that word again, but, really, they are, you'll see.)

Below, the ride into the park:

And, below, the first pipe we spy:

According to the Wikipedia page:

"Geologists believe Kodachrome Basin State Park was once similar to Yellowstone National Park with hot springs and geysers, which eventually filled up with sediment and solidified. Through time, the Entrada sandstone surrounding the solidified geysers eroded, leaving large sand pipes. Sixty-seven sand pipes ranging from two to 52 meters have been identified in the park."

Below, lots of white and more interesting formations thanks to Mother Nature.

Below:  Chimney Rock, look close, you can see Man standing at the base, shows how large some of these formations are:

Next up, a chance to stretch our legs, we took the time to walk part of the Shakespeare Arch/Sentinel Trail.  It is about 1.7 miles all the way around, we only did a portion, walking to the arch and then back out by the same trail.  I felt I was too tired to attempt the second half of the trail which reportedly was more difficult.  This was our second really long day in a row and I just felt it was smart to be safer than sorrier and end up with an injury.  OK, I was dragging, and just did not have the energy for more, I did not want to take the hike to begin with, but, was so glad we did.  We walked with a lady from The Netherlands who was visiting the area for her second time, alone, in a rented small motorhome.  She was in the US for about 6 weeks total.  We chatted, a LOT, along the way, she was a fascinating woman, enhancing our day by sharing our walk with us.

Below, when I process a  photos like the next two, with the deep reds, busting out with color, I always sigh in delight.  They remind me how I really am a gal with the love and need of color.  Color fills my soul, for me, beige on beige just does not do it, not like this.  Toss in a dead Utah Juniper Pine, and really, how much better can it be?

Below, contrast in the formations, here a softer look.  Not that if you walked out there the surface would feel soft, but, compare to, say, the photo above, with the higher hills looking sharper.  Love all that contrast, it is almost as good as all that red!  LOL

Below, Shakespeare Arch:

One last photo, from our walk back to Big Butt, this one has it all, red, white, sharpness, softness, and a live Utah Juniper Pine this time.

Next we will jump back in Big Butt and drive through the rest of the park, about another 10 to 20 photos to share, and then, our stay in the Bryce Canyon area is over.  SIGH


Thursday, October 27, 2011

THE Trip, Heading to Kodachrome Basin State Park

CABS for Reflections From the Fence

May 16, 2011

After leaving Grosvenor Arch we had to drive the 11 miles of dirt/gravel roads back to the pavement and Kodachrome Basin State Park.  Here is part of what we saw, but first, a photo of a photo found on a sign at the beginning of the unpaved road.  It explains to travelers what not to do while driving the back roads of Utah.  I think it says a lot.  Ohhhh, that was a few years back if you look at the car and the clothes, but, it does tend to get the idea across, doesn't it?

The next 3 photos are of the same formation/area, taken from different vantage points, take a moment to note the road conditions, steepness included.

Below, see the tree growing W*A*Y up there, on the second plateau from the left.  Mother Nature, provides some "different" scenes for our viewing pleasure.

Below, at this point the road splits and crosses this wash twice.  This section was a bit rough on the way in, so we decided to try the other section on the way out.

Below:  We pick this section of road, but it was still a bit rough.  The amount of water was not concerning, it really was just a dribble, but, previous rains and snow melts had made a sharp divot, down and back up, a little jarring to the bones.  Drove through without slowing down too much, of course we were not going very fast to begin with, but we did not want to end up like that dude in the first photo, eh??  LOL  Remember, as much as we love Big Butt, it is not a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and is actually the worst vehicle we have ever driven in snow.  The worst!  Slip sliddin' away - - -

Below:  Looking back up the wash.  I'm gonna take a stab at this and say that when the water is really running deep and hard it would cover all that is white in the photo, what cha think??

Special contrast, red, white, magnificent.  Sometimes it reminds me of sand art.

It sure seems that every mile brought some new experience, a new view of spectacular scenery, a new challenge to the senses.

I am soooo ready to go back, if only, maybe, I can dream right, THE Trip, Part Two???

But, first I must finish showing you this trip, next up, Kodachrome Basin State Park.  Just wait - -