Canyons and Peaks

This road trip was originally supposed to be a week of climbing 14ers in late winter. Wildfires and blizzards changed my plans. I headed to he dessert. After hiking in the Grand Canyon and Zion I was lucky enough to get to climb Quandary Peak in Colorado on the way home.

Moment of Zen

My winter of discontent.

It was a long cold painful winter. And Spring. And Summer. Filled with injuries, aches, and pains. Serious enough that I tried to chill out and take care of myself.  With all this so called healing i didn’t get too far from home.  Definitely didnt shoot very many photos.  With the sad state of my portfolio I’ve decided to try an capture more every-day images.   Most of these will probably just be taken on my phone, it’s always around when I need to take a picture.

If you live mindfully you will experience many beautiful moments.

Here’s the first. I don’t have a penchant for poetic titles so I’m calling this one “Fluffy Clouds”.

 

 

Road Trip: Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, Badlands

Who loves a road trip?  I do!  For years I’ve always said that I would love to see Yellowstone, The Grand Tetons, and Glacier Nation Park and for years I’ve never pulled it off.  This summer I realized that I have both a car and gas money so what was really stopping me at this point?  Nothing, that’s what.  So I called up my friend Jerry and and before we knew it we were driving across a lot (a heck of a lot) of plains heading toward Wyoming.

 

 

 

Irish Sunrise

Being of Irish decent I can attest to waking up early in the morning feeling foggy and odd.  This is typically the result of another proud Irish tradition of strong beer and shenanigans.  I was backpacking in the Irish Wilderness when I awoke to this magnificent scene on the river.  This was a beautiful sight and probably one of my favorite backpacking moments of all time.

Lake Lilies

Springfield lake may not be the most scenic lake in the world but it’s a good place for a quick retreat from the city.  I went kayaking there and found some beautiful water lilies.