Utah is a treasure trove of colorfully earthy landscapes, and Cedar Breaks National Monument is one of those treasures. It is located east of Cedar City just off Cedar Canyon Road (Hwy 14) on Hwy 148. At first sight we immediately thought of Bryce Canyon, another of Utah's treasures. It does have hoodoos like Bryce and rich colors, but the density of hoodoos and the overall park size is somewhat less. We did enjoy the our short visit to Cedar Breaks and added it to the list of places to capture a great sunset since the canyon faces west.
Lone Pine, California is a wonderland of landscape beauty with many wonderful compositions just minutes away. Lone Pine Creek cascades through the Mt. Whitney Portal in a series of beautiful waterfalls. On this day the temperature was below freezing and the rocks were crusted with ice as the water continued to flow. The ice was a beautiful addition to the falls and an obstacle for getting a good placement of my camera to photograph them. With a good tripod and a few dry rocks, I was able to capture this one.