Ranger Kathryn's Arches

March 20, 2012

What does winter’s last day look like?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 7:26 am
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During a break in the storm, mid-morning clouds dapple the desert near Buck Canyon.

Monday was the last day of winter, and a lingering Pacific storm brought meteorological extravagance to our park. I happened to be out in it, happened to have my camera, and happen to believe that Canyonlands’ beauty peaks during wild weather. See what you think.

Candlestick Tower (L) and Baby Half Dome (R) under a falling sky

Mists sweep into -- and out of -- the canyon depths. This phenomenon happens only infrequently and it is remarkable to watch.


  1. I love how the sweep of the mist flows into the sweep of the land below. And as much as I enjoy the stark contrast of a clear, bright blue sky against sandstone, the clouds and the stormy skies add an extra dimension to the photos.

    Very nice. Thank you for posting them.

    Comment by Ron Carroll — March 20, 2012 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  2. Saw some of this beautiful cloud meets cliff phenomenon at the south end of the Moab rim yesterday. Some parts of the American West have only two seasons, July and winter.

    Comment by midsummerman — March 20, 2012 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  3. The mist sweeping looks great and I appreciated your park ranger perspective on all things Canyonlands’.

    Comment by Andrew McAllister — March 20, 2012 @ 9:38 am | Reply

    • Stay tuned. More to come — when I have a chance to breathe! Thank you for reading along, Andrew!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — March 24, 2012 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  4. Beauty. I want to be back there. (See, I do read your blog, and now you can tell because I’m commenting.)

    Comment by mobue — March 20, 2012 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

    • Where is the “like” button???

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — March 24, 2012 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  5. I am listening to Nichlas Gunn’s album Grand Canyon and the song “The Four Worlds”. The music is in harmony with the pictures.

    Comment by The Moab Hiker — March 20, 2012 @ 9:05 pm | Reply

  6. Kathryn, it was very nice to meet you today and imagine my surprise to meet you at Islands in the Sky at Canyonlands. I did notice in your “about me” posts that you do say that Canyonlands is your home in the Winter.


    This post is some of the photos I took today. Most of them are on my hike on Lathrop’s Trail, but the first few were at a place that I stopped at just off 313 by 191. It is the 3rd or 4th turnoff which is a non-descript jeep trail. I stopped here to take a closer look at some of the alcoves in the cliff. I’m trying to decide what my plan will be for tomorrow. I have to be in Price until about 1:00 pm but will either head down to Canyonlands or I might head down to Bryce because I have to get closer to San Diego which I have to be there by Friday afternoon.

    Comment by Donald Bouchard — March 20, 2012 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

    • It was delightful to meet you, Don. Keep exploring and keep photographing! Nice work! Come back to Canyonlands soon.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — March 24, 2012 @ 8:53 am | Reply

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