Bob Neuman and David Ruether
Trip to the South Western US
May - June 2005
CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK
This park gave a better sense of looking at canyons from above than any other since the main plain was well below the rim and the canyons were sharply cut down from this plain (see the panorama photo and photos 3 and 4). As we were looking over the edge, we saw a dust devil in the parking area heading for us, and we soon experienced a fairly strong "mini-tornado". After maybe half a minute it moved on, and we cleaned dust off ourselves and our cameras the best we could (this was Bob's first dust devil, and the strongest I had been in). This area had the richest collection of flowering cactus that we saw on the trip. We stopped for a view of a side canyon, but as we walked down away from the road, we found ever more prickly pear cactus in bloom. One of the established roads in the park ends with a very steep climb (photos 7 and 8).
taken by Bob Neuman and edited and adjusted by David Ruether)
(All photographs Copyright 2005 Robert Neuman)
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