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Opportunity

After the storm, Zion NP

Early in the morning on our second day at Zion NP a cold front, high winds and rain swept through the area.  The winds actually woke us up, even though it was still only about 5:00 AM.  By breakfast time, the rain had long since ended and the winds were rapidly diminishing.  But the clouds and cooler temperatures remained.  There would be no sunrise pictures on that day (although I haven’t actually done any of those in quite some time – how many can you take in a lifetime?).

But as we headed out to eat, a few of the clouds parted just long enough to let a little “storm light” shine on some of the western cliffs.  Since I always have my camera handy on these trips, I really had no choice.  As luck would have it, there was also this fine, slightly bent bare tree in the foreground with its top pointed straight at a small, circular cloud pattern in the sky.

A nice image, if I do say so myself.  And it required almost no effort.  No hiking, no climbing, no searching.  It was just there.

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10 Responses to “Opportunity”

  1. oneowner

    It is a nice image, Paul. And it’s also nice that the lone cloud setteled long enough in the right place to add more interest. Nice catch.

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    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Ken. And I see that things are finally warmer out here than in Webster. Looks like you’re getting some low 30’s at night? Sounds like Mother Nature is being a little cruel to vegetation that might have gotten a bit of a head start this year.

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    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Earl. Yes, an early birthday present from the weather gods!

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    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Juha. I think I’d have more chances if I was more “prepared” more often…………

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  2. Cedric

    Hey Paul, just wanted to stop by and let you know I’m enjoying being along for the ride on your travels. Thanks.

    That cloud… looks like some fine cotton caught in the branch of the tree. And how warming that light is.

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    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Cedric. It’s been a weird ride this time, I’ll tell you. The weather has been very strange – mostly on the warm side – most of the way. Pollen counts, for us allergy sufferers, have been off the charts for this time of year. And then of course the record high temperatures. It’s not supposed to be in the upper 80’s and low 90’s in the center of the country in March and early April. It’s like summer. Not to worry, though. We’ll be back in Rochester soon. Where it’s kind of chilly at the moment.

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