Few places have garnered as much intrigue with its vast desolate landscapes as Iceland, a place which is undeniably tranquil yet abundant with the volatile forces of nature. In recent years this remote island has brought people flocking. It has coincided with growing pains for its people and government finding balance between important economic benefits and maintaining it’s natural state.
The short-lived weeks of autumn glory are some of my favorite of the year. Spending some time in Canada this fall took me away from my home state of Utah which was putting on a pretty great show of color this year. With so much territory I wanted to cover and so little time to do it, I focused my efforts on some of the Wasatch’s best places for foliage. I was not disappointed.
The summer flew by and is essentially at an end. So I’ve had the last week or so to gather some photos I’ve taken over the last few months I’ve spent hiking and camping in my backyard, the mountains of Utah. In this post, I’ll highlight the wildflowers and wildlife I’ve encountered.
The views of the Alps from Lake Como in northern Italy at sunset left me exited for the days ahead. The next morning, we boarded a short ferry ride across the lake we drove across the border into Switzerland. Soon the Italian speaking part of southern Switzerland including the city of Lugano was in the rear view mirror. Our destination was the Bernese Alps in the canton of Bern.
Depending where you are in the state, or I guess what elevation you are at, spring starts in varying stages. For example, it won’t be until late May when spring shows its face in the upper Cottonwood Canyons. Snow shoeing or skiing can still be enjoyed well past the time the ski resorts close down for the winter season. l But just down the road at the base of the canyon, flowers are blooming and people are hiking around in shorts.
By now we are half way through our winter season in Salt Lake and it has been passing rather quickly it seems. While many, or dare I say most people can’t wait to get the cold season over with, I find choosing to get the most out of it the best approach. Luckily Utah is a pretty great place to be able to have fun in winter.