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Pink Storm

Last week I drove out to East Orchard Mesa to try and find a good spot to take some photos at sunset. I never did find a good spot, but the sunset ended up being very nice, so I just pulled over and took a few quick photos.

This first one is looking back towards Grand Junction across a field. The colors were spectacular!

Pink Storm

I also noticed the reflection of the pink clouds on the hood of my Jeep.

Reflected Sunset

These aren’t really great photos, but I thought I would share them anyway.

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Melody Arch

Melody Arch

I’m working on the photos I took on my trip to Coyote Buttes North and South a few weeks ago so that I can put together a trip report from the weekend. Here’s a photo of Melody Arch that I liked from the trip. If you look closely you can actually see three arches in this photo.

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Kathryn J. Langstraat

I turned 32 on Saturday, February 11th and was planning on spending a long weekend in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument since I had permits to Coyote Buttes North and South. However, last Friday morning my mom had a heart attack when she arrived at work and was rushed to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

Since I was in Page, Arizona, I drove down to Flagstaff and got on a flight back to Chicago so that I could be with my mom and my family.

Unfortunately, her brain was without oxygen for too long and she never recovered from the heart attack. She was put on a ventilator until Tuesday afternoon at 3pm when she was taken off of it. The neurologist didn’t expect her to survive more than a few minutes off of the machine, but she was strong and lasted for another 14 hours on her own. Her breathing was very fast and heavy at first, but slowed down throughout the night until she peacefully passed away around 6am on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012. My dad, sister and I were by her side all night until the end. She loved Valentine’s Day so I think it’s fitting she held on until the next day.

I really hope she knew how much I loved her, even though I never said it much.

Here’s a photo of my mom and me dancing at my wedding in 2005.

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I am currently still in Chicago for the wake and funeral this week. Then I will be driving back to Grand Junction. When I get back I will definitely need to get back into the desert.

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Monuments in Fog

Monuments in Fog

I’ve wanted to photograph Monument Canyon in the fog for a while, and this morning I finally got the chance. As I left for work, I just couldn’t resist and headed up to the Colorado National Monument instead. I arrived up above the fog just in time to watch the sun rise over the Grand Mesa. It was a spectacular view and worth missing a few hours of work.

When I first arrived, the fog was all the way down in the Grand Valley and Monument Canyon was free and clear of fog. Once the sun was up, the fog slowly crept out of the valley and into the canyon. It was an amazing sight!

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Balance Rock & Moon

Balance Rock & Moon

As I was leaving the Colorado National Monument yesterday in the evening, I noticed that the moon lined up nicely between Balance Rock and the cliff next to it. I created two different versions of this photo; one with the rock in silhouette and another version with some detail visible in the rocks. I prefer the silhouette version the best, but I will go ahead and post the other version below. Feel free to let me know which one you prefer in the comments.

Balance Rock & Moon II

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