Thursday, April 14, 2011

Capital Reef... The Same, but Different

I suppose that some folks might think; "Seen one Canyon, You seen 'em all"... but really, that ain't true. There's a lot of similarity for sure... I mean... They're all deep rock :) but each has in some way, it's own personality...

And... for those that think you can capture that personality... with words, or a photograph... or a video... I say... "Luck with that." I do my best here... and I can show a bit, but in the end, you need to take yourself to these places... sit on a rock and look at them, not a photograph.

You need to feel the breeze coming down the canyon... See the weight of the Canyon wall hanging out over you... hundreds of feet above you. You need to breathe in the scent of the place and hear the river echoing off the walls...

*Capital Reef at Sunset*
... and a lot of these places are more than rocks and geology... There's human history that tickles the imagination. Wondering, how folks lived here without all the things people worry about today. To look at the work they did to carve out a life in this beautiful, but still intimidating place.

It's intimidating today... knowing I've got a truck that can take me in a matter of hours to where I need to go... these folks were days, if not weeks from any sort of help...

*The Original Old Barn*
They survived though... and lived long enough to build up to some luxuries... It ain't a cummins... but I expect such things changed their lives a lot more than most of us appreciate...


Don't you just wonder how many loads of fruit this old truck hauled out of this canyon? and how far they had to go to sell their produce? and what it was like... waking up in this canyon each day... without a campground over there beside the barn? :)



We took a walk late one afternoon... down the Grand Wash... the rock wall towers over so high... you can't capture it in a photograph... you can't get half of it in...

One Ol' guy... thought he heard a roar... and thought maybe he could climb to safety...


Lucky for him...it was just a jet... high overhead...




Bein' springtime, the flowers are coming on pretty well now. At least in the places the sun has got and warmed up the ground... That something as soft and delicate as flowers like these, can even grow in such a rough place is pretty amazing to me... considering how hard I seem to have to work to keep 'em alive in a tended garden!

I suppose I should stick with Trucks and Motorcycles ... uh ... seems I break them a lot too don't it? Maybe... I should win the lottery... so I could just hire a gardener and a personal mechanic!

Saw this lil' Buzzer workin' hard...


I don't remember ever seein' a bumble bee colored like this big guy... two orange bands around his middle... hard workin' lil' bug though... I couldn't get the picture well, but I could see the great big pollen sacks on his legs... Taken' home the bacon!

*Capitol Reef View*
It's a pretty place... and lot's of spots to walk to... without having to suck in your gut, slide sideways... while you try to keep your quivering liver under control...

I am really grateful, more than I can say, for the many comments that have been made on my photography and my words here... I am ever more grateful that what I am able to do here, has become my work, and a significant part of my living... a genuine; "I can't believe they pay me to do this!" deal...

... it would be Most Rewarding... to hear that people went to these places I am so lucky to travel through... Motivated by my words and Photographs... to see these places for themselves...

So Very Grateful that You Keep Me... Moving on the Open Road
Brian

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7 comments:

Sharlotte said...

Oh Brian. Again u have outdone yourself. The original old barn photo is outstanding!!! All of your photos are great. Love the bee I too have never seen one colored that way. Very interesting. Our departure time is getting closer and closer. We r stopping at the grand canyon first. Should be around there on the 12th or 13th of May. Any chance you might be in the area??

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Handmade Crafts Done While RVing Blog said...

""suppose that some folks might think; "Seen one Canyon, You seen 'em all"... but really, that ain't true""
We soooo agree. Love todays picture big time. Can I climb in your pictures and take a nap... Just beautiful!!

Evielynne

Suzan said...

When I read your blog, I feel as if I am on a mini-vacation. We're planning to go full-time next year, so I have to live vicariously through your posts right now. Love your photos and your words. Thank you.

Gaelyn said...

So true that photos can't do justice to the Big landscapes, but you're getting close.

Another place I haven't visited in...way too long.

How'd ya' like to pull the 5er with that sweet truck?

Brian said...

Thanks All, for your comments. They are all appreciated.

Sharlotte; We'll still be in/around Denver I believe until about the 15th of May... preparing to head north a ways for the summer... what with fuel and the repairs... we may have to drop the Alaska run :( and only go as far as Montana/Idaho... still up in the air.

Gaelyn; just about the first thing I said was; "Wonder how hard it would be to squeeze a Cummins in that?" :)

Sue and Doug said...

great photos as usual!..love the colours in the canyon shots!..and all of them are different and yes you do inspire us to travel to them..one day!!