A flashback to May 15, 2013 – A Journey in the Ashley National Forest

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A view from the road in Ashley National ForestA view from the road in Ashley National Forest

Two years ago today was cloudy and sometimes gray much like today but I was not in Salt Lake County then instead I was on a journey in the Ashley National Forest. I can guarantee that my views that day will be far better than the views I will see today. The light two years ago wasn’t terrific for photographing Ospreys at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir but the clouds did make for some drama over the forest, mountains and alpine lakes.

Cloudy skies and red rocksCloudy skies and red rocks

I love these clouds as the back drop for the red rocks and the conifers sturdy enough to grow on the slopes.

Browne Lake perhaps?Browne Lake perhaps?

I think this is Browne Lake but it might also be Sheep Creek Lake, I only know that I didn’t get to Spirit Lake that day because the roads to it were still mushy from the snow melt. I know on a clearer day that the lake would have been a more crystalline blue instead of the dull color shown here but I thought it was beautiful just the same.

A wet mountain meadow in Ashley National ForestA wet mountain meadow in Ashley National Forest

After a bit the sun did break through the clouds and lit up this mountain meadow and at that point my only wish was for a moose to show up. It was a wonderful morning despite the weather.

It occurred to me as I was writing this that some lawmakers scoundrels in Utah are trying to take lands like this National Forest from the federal government which is a natural treasure that belongs to us all and should be forever. We can’t let them succeed.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover May 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I enjoy seeing the clouds too, and also worry about the scoundrels who want to usurp our precious public lands for development by businessmen focused on profits.

  2. Patty Chadwick May 15, 2015 at 3:44 pm


  3. Elephant's Child May 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    What a glorious place. Harsh, unforgiving, beautiful…

  4. Susan Stone May 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Gorgeous shots of a gorgeous area. We’ve been through there once, and just loved it.

  5. Kim Barton May 15, 2015 at 8:10 am


    I enjoy your emails every day, but rarely tell you. That is indeed Browne Lake in your image. The drying pond looks like the one on the road to Sheep Creek Lake.

    Keep up the great work, and thank you for sharing your wonderful images!

    Kim Barton

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