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Fisher Tower Photos

My photos from our hike at the Fisher Tower’s area on June 2nd, 2013.

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I had to climb fairly high to get a photo of this monolith.  After getting this photo, I noticed that the trail kept going up, so I kept following it.  Marie took a photo of me when I was up there.


Another view of the monolith, now down to the left.


Marilyn and Marie are sitting in the area of sunlight below the big wall.

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This ladder is needed to make progress along the trail.  The trail maintainers added a metal handle to grab onto when ascending and descending since I had visited the area before.

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Marie’s Fisher Tower Photos

Marie took these photos while hiking at Fisher Towers in early June.

Marie’s self portrait:



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Juniper Berries at Fisher Towers

Marie took this photo of Juniper Berries during our hike at Fisher Towers.


Clouds over Arches National Park

Marie took this photo of clouds over Arches National Park.


Park Avenue Trailhead at Sunset

Marie took this photo of the Park Avenue Trailhead at sunset during our first night at Moab last month.


Utah State Route 279 Rock Art

Utah State Route 279 snakes along the north bank of the Colorado river.  In many places, not more than a few feet from the road are tall, nearly vertical cliffs.  About 5 miles from the intersection with US 191 is a rock art site created by ancient native Americans.

This photo looks back along 279.  The rock art is not visible in this photo – it’s on the walls to the left and even behind the camera.

2013-06-08-DSC01502-mediumHere is a view looking up and across the river.  If you look closely, you can see part of the Moab Rim Trail on the other side of the river.

2013-06-08-DSC01513-mediumThis is the sign discussing the rock art at one of the pull outs.



Much of the rock art is faded and difficult to see, especially when viewed in bright sunlight.  It is better to visit during the afternoon when the area is in the shade.  Even so, it often takes some looking to see these petroglyphs.  I’ve added a lot of contrast in the photos below to make them easier to see.

Group 1:

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Group 2:

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Group 3:

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Group 4:

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Group 5:


Group 6:



Group 7 – sadly, there was a lot of modern day graffiti in this area.  I’ve cropped some of it away, but there’s some which is still visible.

I found it interesting that the artist depicted the bear’s feet as having numerous long toes.





Devil’s Garden – Arches National Park

These are photos from my hike with Marilyn through the Devil’s Garden at Arches National Park.

We saw these white flowers near the trailhead.
2013-06-05-DSC09446-medium A sandstone fin, one of many in the area:

2013-06-05-DSC09488-mediumThese are prickly pear flowers.  The prickly pear plants that we saw appeared to be smaller than the ones that we’re accustomed to seeing in Arizona.

The trail passes under (or by) this interesting Juniper tree.  The wide angle lens that I used for some of these shots really helped to capture the scope of the tree.


Another fin.  The trail follows a sandy course between the fin in the middle and the one to the right.  It then climbs the fin, forcing the hiker to make a traverse that’s kind of high up on sloping sandstone.  This is probably the most difficult section of the hike.2013-06-05-DSC09575-medium

More fins.  We chatted with the guy walking up alongside the fin for a while.  He’s an ex-NYPD officer who’s now living in Florida.


A view of some of the fins that are past the Double-O Arch.  I have some Double-O Arch photos, but I won’t post them because Marilyn has some which are better.  I’ll post at least one of hers once I get around to processing them.


This is Navajo Arch:

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Two views of Landscape Arch:



Sunset on the Slickrock Trail

Not an awesome shot, but this is where I happened to be when the sun set.

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Canyon View from Slickrock Bike Trail

I hiked the Slickrock Bike Trail Practice Loop on Saturday evening and took this photo of one of the canyons there.  The canyon was very dark; I can see substantially more detail in this photo (which was composed from three exposures) than I could when I was there.


Turret Arch through the North Window


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