Ranger Kathryn's Arches

June 10, 2013

Full-on summer, no respite

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Summer’s oven has been turned on; it reached 96 degrees today. Temperatures won’t cool until fall here in Canyonlands. My geology talk was delivered in that intense unimpeded brilliance and blazing glare that defines our park until the summer rains bring some respite in July.

Taking TWO ice-filled water bottles in my pack is the way to survive the 2.5 hours at the overlook. That air-conditioned government car taking me back to the visitor center is a much-anticipated cocoon of refreshment.

Those who aren’t cut out for the mostly-oppressive heat don’t last in this harsh environment. While I may not enjoy baking/melting inside my polyester-and-wool uniform, it’s all about attitude. When you sport that cool hat that keeps the sun off your face, that hat that makes visitors’ faces light up as they hail you with “Hey, Ranger!”, you can put up with a lot of discomfort.


Note: today’s skies don’t resemble the above photo. That was an unusual formation last month that caught my eye. Blue and cloudless is the norm in our 300 sunny days per year.


  1. Love your photos and your comments! Keep’em ‘coming. Check out Kari Rabie’s Facebook page for some photos from South Africa.
    Love, Ann

    Comment by Ann Rabie — June 10, 2013 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  2. Very nice composition – foreground, midground and horizon all clearly present, plant shape echoing cloud shape, one giving water and one receiving it in the present moment, yet the converging lines of the canyon telling of ancient water and seared without it. Very evocative.

    Comment by leroque — June 11, 2013 @ 4:57 am | Reply

    • All that with the push of a button! Thanks! The addition of the unusual plant (Mormon Tea) improved my earlier attempts. It is always interesting to see what others see in a photo — often things I did not.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — June 11, 2013 @ 6:28 am | Reply

  3. Thanks for using your iPhone (again) to make this shot, because now GoogleEarth immediately ‘told’ me that you took that beautiful photo at Grand View Point. Zooming out a little I saw the part of the Colorado, my wife, daughter and I made a 4-day rafting trip on, in Aug. 2010. A truly magnificent experience !!!
    You mention plants: do you mind if I send you a photo I took of a plant near Hanksville, UT and I also saw this plant near the entrance of Snow Canyon (SW-Utah), and I just can’t find the name of it…

    Thanks, Klaas

    Comment by Klaas Wijchman — June 11, 2013 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

    • Klaas, go ahead and send the photo and I’ll do my best to identify it. My non-government email address is better for that right now: kath56ryn@gmail.com Grand View Point is beauteous!

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — June 11, 2013 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

  4. Thank you for the offer !! As a matter of fact there is no reason to send a photo, because I realised it’s already on our website:

    I’m sorry it’s not in English yet. I’m hard working at it, and our 2008 holiday pictures are available with both Dutch and English text, and at the moment I’m working on 2010, but that’s not ready yet, but at least you can see the plant which name I’m (desperately) looking for.

    Thank you very much,

    Comment by Klaas Wichman — June 12, 2013 @ 5:06 am | Reply

    • DESERT TRUMPET! *Eriogonum inflatum*. One of the most fascinating and eye-catching plants in SE Utah. Whew. Glad you gave me an easy one! http://www.arizonagoldprospectors.com/Desert_Trumpet_Plant.htm

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — June 12, 2013 @ 6:58 am | Reply

      • GREAT !!! Thank you very much !
        I already updated our website, and the photos belonging to this sub-show now have English descriptions as well. I owe you !!
        Thanks, Klaas

        Comment by Klaas Wijchman — June 12, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

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