Friday, July 3, 2015

Mt Wire Sego Lillies, June 29, 2015

Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia Phaecantha).

Sego Lily (Calochortus nuttallii). I get a rush each spring when I see Segos.

Hundreds were in bloom today, starting at about 6,300 feet up to the summit of Wire at 7,140 feet. First saw them three days ago and they're already starting to wilt. The 100-degree weather perhaps? 

Bee in flight, too bad the shutter was too slow.

Gobbler's Knob, June 19, 2015

Like hiking through Lothlorian. I'm a fair-weather-fan of 'Lord of the Rings', but if I were a Wood Elf, this is where I'd live.  Along the Bowman Fork trail out of Millcreek Canyon.

Raymond Slabs (as in Mt. Raymond), from the Bowman Fork Trail.

Still a little snow on the Cabin Run on the NW face of Gobbler's Knob.

Mt. Raymond from the upper Bowman Fork Trail, looking towards Baker Pass (view SW).

From Baker Pass, the view south towards the snow-covered BCC/LCC divide: (l-r) Kessler Peak, Mineral Fork (not to be confused with Mineral Basin of Snowbird), Mt. Superior, Monte Cristo and the LCC ridge line. The green basin (r) is Mill A Basin on the NE side of Mt. Raymond. 

View from just above Baker Pass, hiking towards Gobbler's: Mill A Basin just below, the snow-covered peaks on the skyline are (l-r) Dromedary Peak (rounded), Sunrise, O'Sullivan's, and Broad's Fork Twins. 

Zoomed view of Dromedary, Sunrise, O'Sullivan's and Broads Fork Twins (summits blocked by branch).

Mineral Fork (with mining/ATV road visible) and Mt. Superior and Monte Cristo and the LCC ridge line. A popular BC ski run called 'Rampage' (for obvious reason) is visible (and still ski able). It's the leftward slash of white at mid-height, 1/4 from the right.  

Gobbler's Knob summit (10,246 feet) an 1/8 mile ridge hop away, viewed from the lower, SW summit (10,224 feet). Butler Basin is on the right, Alexander Basin is barely seen (the timbered slope) down and right of the summit.

Tough to stop taking pictures in beautiful country. Upper Mill D South (aka Lake Blanche Cyn.) and Broads Fork, snow going fast. 

Butler Basin (foreground) = awesome BC skiing. The peak across the way is Kessler with its huge avalanche paths (and popular BC ski runs), affectionately named God's Lawnmower (l) and Argenta (r).  

Last of the snow - must touch before it's gone.

Long way down. SW face of Gobbler's.

Capital Reef N. P., June 5-6, 2015

Thunderstorm over Boulder Mountain.

My granddaughter, Lydia, with a better beard than I'll ever grow!

Trail to Hickman Bridge, while it's still dry.

Pretty girls. Harper and her Momma.

I think these are Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia Phaecantha).

The rain starts, and we hide out in a sandy cave next to a small bridge over the forming stream. My grandson testing the waters. 

Couldn't ask for a better spot to wait out the weather.

Owen still testing the water . . .

Lydia and Harper playing tin the sand.

Harper heaven!

Rain getting heavy, just before a small flash flood blast through at our feet, just big enough for a slight scare . . . scared for the grandkids of course. Soon after taking this pic the stream filla the basin at our feet. We were lucky to have the bridge (left) to cross back to the escape trail.  

When life gives you rain, make sand angels??

Small flash flood sounded like a jet overhead for a few seconds before it crashed though . . . .
 and we scramble to higher ground . . .

 . . . our sandy cave was still dry, but why chance-it?

Not huge but strong enough to knock you off your feet.

Streamers off the cliffs.

Almost back to the car. This was a dry gully when we started up.

Yes, some folks need to be told.   

Next day's hike up Cohab Canyon. Lydia doing her best 'Audrey Hepburn,' and pulling it off pretty dang well I think. 

Watching for more rain.

I love Capital Reef. So much to explore.

Overlooking the orchards of Fruita. 

Lydia wants to climb.

Owen looking for adventure while the ladies shop.

Red rock, fruit trees and the family. "Is this heaven?"