When driving through southern Utah, one thing that is really striking is the desolation of that land. There aren't many trees; not much green of any kind. Every direction is mainly reddish-orange rock or soil of some type. It's a place that receives very little rain. A place that is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It is a harsh place, as evidenced by the sparse population of the area. Although Utah has a population of nearly 3 million, the majority of those live in the northern part of the state in the area centered around Salt Lake City.
With the abundance of sandstone and apparent lack of water, you might not expect to find much life. And certainly not much color. However, getting off the interstate and taking the time to explore reveals surprisingly abundant life. A diversity of life...and plenty of colorful scenery.
I've always enjoyed taking pictures of wildflowers. Seems that on a hike, I'm always way behind everyone else as I stop along the trail to capture images of the flora along the way. It's something about the intricate detail and the inherent beauty that catches the eye and begs to be recorded on the digital sensor. I wrote an article a couple of years ago for the Improve Photography website about flower photography. Go check it out for more information.
Now, back to Utah. You may have been following along with my previous posts about my trip to Capitol Reef National Park. I'm still working through the images from that adventure and enjoying every minute of it. I thought it would be interesting (well, interesting to me anyway) to show the wildflower images from the trip. Just to prove that they are there. Even in the desert. Take a look.