Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Canyonlands - Utah


  Canyonlands is a wilderness of rock.  It is vast and sculptural and colorful.  It is fascinating to see the various rock formations, canyons, and mountains that make up the expanse of this National Park.
There are three areas, Island in the Sky, The Maze, and the Needles.  The Maze and the Needles were a little too remote and needed a 4 wheel drive, lots of water and supplies.  We explored the Island in the Sky.  From the broad mesa, you can see views spread before you that stretch for a hundred miles in front of you and 1200 miles beneath you.  Views abound that take your breath away and are difficult to comprehend. 
 

Rain is scarce but it is spring/summer and when we rounded a corner we had to stop and look.  There below the very tall rock formation were a lovely variety of wildflowers blooming.  What a sight!
Yellow and purple wildflowers

Quite the View!
Lizards find rock shelves where they can bask or get into the shade to cool.  They really blend into the rocks.
There are a variety of breathtaking rock formations.
There are no services or water available except at the visitor center.  It’s really important to be prepared... water, food, hat, binoculars, camera, good climbing/walking shoes and a map from the visitor center!  I took my sketchbook and have so many ideas for jewelry that I know it will take until the next trip to produce them.  Take a look at the Canyonlands Bangle from last week's post for instance!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Canyonlands - Utah


  Canyonlands is a wilderness of rock.  It is vast and sculptural and colorful.  It is fascinating to see the various rock formations, canyons, and mountains that make up the expanse of this National Park.
There are three areas, Island in the Sky, The Maze, and the Needles.  The Maze and the Needles were a little too remote and needed a 4 wheel drive, lots of water and supplies.  We explored the Island in the Sky.  From the broad mesa, you can see views spread before you that stretch for a hundred miles in front of you and 1200 miles beneath you.  Views abound that take your breath away and are difficult to comprehend. 
 

Rain is scarce but it is spring/summer and when we rounded a corner we had to stop and look.  There below the very tall rock formation were a lovely variety of wildflowers blooming.  What a sight!
Yellow and purple wildflowers

Quite the View!
Lizards find rock shelves where they can bask or get into the shade to cool.  They really blend into the rocks.
There are a variety of breathtaking rock formations.
There are no services or water available except at the visitor center.  It’s really important to be prepared... water, food, hat, binoculars, camera, good climbing/walking shoes and a map from the visitor center!  I took my sketchbook and have so many ideas for jewelry that I know it will take until the next trip to produce them.  Take a look at the Canyonlands Bangle from last week's post for instance!