Lower Emerald Pools



Let’s face it, Lynn hasn’t done much hiking in over five years due to a fractured heel that occurred when she fell from the third step up, on a ladder in her closet. And since I have suffered on and off this past year from ill health, I am out of shape, too. So we took the Lower Emerald Pools hike when we spent the night in Zion National Park two weeks ago. Joe’s Guide To Zion National Park says: “This hike is a perfect short and easy hike for tourists and first-timers to Zion, but be prepared for potential crowds. Also keep in mind that waterflow in Emerald Pools is usually quite light, so if you are expecting Yosemite-volume waterfalls, you will be disappointed unless you are visiting during the spring runoff or during a rainstorm.” Still, we were not disappointed. It was a beautiful morning. We started out with sweatshirts but took them off as the sun moved higher into the sky. The above was shot from behind the “falls” about 10:30 in the morning.

Cee’s Share Your World – 2015 Week #47

Prompts and Challenges

Cee has many challenges. One for almost every day of the week. Monday’s is Share Your World in which she asks you:

  • To answer three random questions each week.
  • Respond to a fourth item, and a Bonus question which is always the same: “What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?”  Because we all need to be reminded that there are many things in our lives to be grateful about. 

For this week, Cee asked:

In your native language which letter or character describes you best?  Why? That would be the letter “S” for sexy, suave, sincere, sometimes silly, sometimes stupid, often sleepy. But in reality it would be for spontaneous, as my wife and I like to think we are.

What is your greatest extravagance? Wouldn’t it be nice- and terribly romantic- to say my wife? But she will not let me spend money on her. She does not want cut flowers or jewelry or clothes or shoes. Not even birthday or anniversary or Christmas cards. So I am forced to be extravagant to myself. My one extravagance used to be wine but now it seems to have become photography.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either? I exercise at the gym three times a week and then on the weekends when we take our spontaneous trips (and I jump in and out of the car to take various photos along the way). As for my mind, we both got rid of television even before we met so we are voracious readers. Lynn tends to read about food and health and is always dispensing advice to anyone who will listen. She is the first to admit she is a hypocrite in this regard as she does not take her own advice. I tend to be all over the map, reading mysteries, biographies, histories, you name it. I even read the first two Harry Potter books when they first came out to see what all the hoopla was about.

List at least 5 things that makes you laugh. My wife, Lynn, is number one, followed by Paula Poundstone, Steven Wright, Groucho Marx, and Charlie Chaplin (in The Great Dictator). Not the usual suspects for someone my age but sophomoric humor- in movies, at least- seems too easy and insulting.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?


The Last of Autumn

Prompts and Challenges

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Anyone who has been following my blog this past month is aware that each weekend my wife and I have traveled over 200 miles one way to search for fall colors at Zion. And each week we have come back with nothing to show for our travels except some gorgeous photos of clear blue skies, gold hued mountains, and green trees mixed with a few barely yellow leaves. (Well, except for that one weekend when it rained.) We spoke to the proprietress of the Buffalo Trails Trading Company in Virgin UT who told us there have been no real fall colors this year, except for a few random trees in La Verkin that turned bright red before dropping their leaves. So, rather than give up, we shall continue our weekly journeys to Zion, but now in search of winter snow.

The photo above was taken this past weekend at Zion as the moon poked its face around the edge of the mountain peak, which was slowly being swallowed by shadow.  Take my word for it, the leaves on the tree to the right were still dark green. I converted the shot to b & w only because the gorgeous blue, gold, and green hues were getting a bit boring.

Oh, and a happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the states. A warm holiday season to everyone in the world.


The Companion Broker

Prompts and Challenges

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From time to time Janna of Janna T Writes and I of Photos By Emilio collaborate with her words and my pictures. This month she has fashioned a story from the photo above and it is a corker (“an excellent or astonishing person or thing”)! Please go for a visit! Stay for a while!

I don’t think I shared with Janna any info about this photo and if I tell you now it should not influence how you feel once you read her tale. It was taken in a small town called Hackberry. There are only (we were told) 5 families remaining in the town. Just off old Route 66 in Arizona. Maybe that adds to Janna’s tale. Go read it. Then come back and let me know what you thought. Let her know, too!

Please and thank you.

A Matter of Perspective

Prompts and Challenges

Cee might be the nosiest person on WordPress. Or the most caring. It’s just a matter of perspective. She’s always asking questions of me. Well, come to think of it, not just of me but of everyone who visits her sight. This week’s questions are:

What type of popular candy you do not like to get?

Well, my weakness is not candy so there is no candy I do not like to get. No, wait, that’s wrong. There is no candy I like to get. I don’t like candy. I like cheese, though. And the only cheese I would not like to get might be Limburger. Not that I’ve ever had Limburger but it just has such a reputation that I doubt I could get past that!

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? 

Are you kidding? If I had an extra $500 to spend I would put it towards some new camera gear. But then my wife would step in and remind me that ‘Tis The Season and there are so many needy people that we would probably hit the streets and give out gift cards to the homeless. We did that two years ago and it really was the most enjoyable way to spend the holidays. And to spend money! Try it!

Where do you eat breakfast?

Most mornings I’ll just have coffee at home, then go to the office. About 10:30 or 11 I’ll get an early lunch which keeps me going through the day until dinner. But since a bout of food poisoning laid me low last week, my wife refuses to cook so we might be having more dinners out.

Would you rather ride one of the worlds longest zip lines or bungee jump one of the highest in the world? This will come with a 5-day all expense vacation.

No way would I jump off a building or bridge expecting a cord tied around my waist to save me at the last minute from an indescribable death by splatter. Just going down in an elevator makes me want to vomit. As for the zip lines, I would consider it the lesser of two evils. I’d rather walk, if you don’t mind. And if that means I have to forgo the 5 day all expense vacation, then so be it!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I think I’m grateful for still being alive after last week’s food poisoning. And I am most looking forward to waking up every morning next week feeling much thinner!

Now, please go visit all the other wonderful people at Cee’s Share Your World this week. Oh, and since mine is primarily a photo blog, here’s a photo for you. One of my own!


There Oughta Be A Law

Prompts and Challenges

Did you know that “many of those ‘Restrooms for Employees Only’ signs that hang in most small businesses are actually in direct violation of building codes? Nearly all states have plumbing codes that require businesses to provide restroom access for customers and visitors. In New Hampshire, denying entry to a bathroom is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $1,200 fine” (from a 2007 Time article by Ceri Au). And did you know you could probably get arrested, if not severely beaten up, for taking photos in a public bathroom? But that’s me, living on the edge. Below are 3 such photos, submitted for Cee’s consideration to this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Patterns.

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Planet Hollywood sinks

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Planet Hollywood WC’s, Water Closets, Toilets

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Me's room sinks

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
Men’s room sinks