Waterfall at Temple of Sinawava during peak flow following spring rainstorm.  Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah

Temple Of Sinawava

Mesa Arch, Utah.  An exuberant hiker greets the dawning sun from atop Mesa Arch. Yup, that's me, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park

Hiker atop Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Milky Way and Shooting Star over Delicate Arch, as stars cover the night sky, Arches National Park, Utah

Milky Way galaxy and a Shooting Star over Delicate Arch at Night

Hiker in North Window, sunset, western face.  North Window is a natural sandstone arch 90 feet wide and 48 feet high, Arches National Park, Utah

Hiker in North Window, sunset, western face. North Window is a natural sandstone arch 90 feet wide and 48 feet high. Arches National Park, Utah.

Milky Way over the Watchman, Zion National Park.  The Milky Way galaxy rises in the night sky above the the Watchman

Milky Way Over The Watchman In Zion Np, Zion National Park

Light Painting and the Milky Way and Stars over Delicate Arch, at night, Arches National Park, Utah

Light Painting Delicate Arch with Stars and the Milky Way

Owachomo Bridge and Milky Way.  Owachomo Bridge, a natural stone bridge standing 106' high and spanning 130' wide,stretches across a canyon with the Milky Way crossing the night sky, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Owachomo Bridge And Milky Way At Night

Panorama of the Milky Way over Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Panorama Of The Milky Way Over Mesa Arch

The Virgin River flows by autumn cottonwood trees, part of the Virgin River Narrows.  This is a fantastic hike in fall with the comfortable temperatures, beautiful fall colors and light crowds, Zion National Park, Utah

The Virgin River Flows By Autumn Cottonwood Trees, Virgin River Narrows

Landscape Arch and Milky Way, stars rise over the arch at night, Arches National Park, Utah

Landscape Arch and Milky Way, Arches National Park, Utah

The Virgin River Narrows, where the Virgin River has carved deep, narrow canyons through the Zion National Park sandstone, creating one of the finest hikes in the world

The Virgin River Narrows In Zion National Park

Delicate Arch at Sunset, Arches National Park

Delicate Arch At Sunset

Archangel Falls in autumn, near the Subway in North Creek Canyon, with maples and cottonwoods turning fall colors, Zion National Park, Utah

Archangel Falls In Autumn In Zion National Park

Stars over the Tower of Babel, starry night, Arches National Park, Utah

Stars over the Tower of Babel, Arches National Park, Utah

The Virgin River Narrows, where the Virgin River has carved deep, narrow canyons through the Zion National Park sandstone, creating one of the finest hikes in the world

The Virgin River Narrows In Zion National Park

Sunset at Dead Horse Point Overlook, with the Colorado River flowing 2,000 feet below. 300 million years of erosion has carved the expansive canyons, cliffs and walls below and surrounding Deadhorse Point, Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Sunset At Dead Horse Point Overlook, Dead Horse Point State Park

Milky Way over the Watchman, Zion National Park.  The Milky Way galaxy rises in the night sky above the the Watchman

Milky Way Over The Watchman In Zion Np, Zion National Park

Delicate Arch, dusted with snow, at sunset, with the snow-covered La Sal mountains in the distance.  Delicate Arch stands 45 feet high, with a span of 33 feet, atop of bowl of slickrock sandstone, Arches National Park, Utah

Delicate Arch, dusted with snow, at sunset, with the snow-covered La Sal mountains in the distance. Delicate Arch stands 45 feet high, with a span of 33 feet, atop of bowl of slickrock sandstone.

The Virgin River flows by autumn cottonwood trees, part of the Virgin River Narrows.  This is a fantastic hike in fall with the comfortable temperatures, beautiful fall colors and light crowds, Zion National Park, Utah

The Virgin River Flows By Autumn Cottonwood Trees, Virgin River Narrows

Water rushes through a narrow crack, in the red sandstone of Zion National Park, with fallen autumn leaves

Water Rushes Through A Narrow Crack, Zion National Park

Milky Way and Stars over Delicate Arch, at night, Arches National Park, Utah

Milky Way And Stars Over Delicate Arch

Stars over Corona Arch at Night, Moab, Utah

Stars Over Corona Arch

Milky Way over Sandstone Fins. Sandstone fins stand on edge.  Vertical fractures separate standing plates of sandstone that are eroded into freestanding fins, that may one day further erode into arches, Arches National Park, Utah

Milky Way Over Sandstone Fins, Arches National Park

Yellow cottonwood trees in autumn, fall colors in the Virgin River Narrows in Zion National Park

Yellow Cottonwood Trees In Autumn, Virgin River Narrows

The Subway, a iconic eroded sandstone formation in Zion National Park

The Subway In Zion National Park

The Virgin River flows through the Zion Narrows, with tall sandstone walls towering hundreds of feet above, Virgin River Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah

The Virgin River Flows Through The Zion Narrows, Virgin River Narrows

Photographer in the Virgin River Narrows, with flowing water, autumn cottonwood trees and towering red sandstone cliffs, Zion National Park, Utah

Photographer In The Virgin River Narrows

Delicate Arch and Milky Way, lit by quarter moon, hiker's flashlight and the fading blue sky one hour after sunset.  Arches National Park, Utah

Delicate Arch And Milky Way, Arches National Park

Owachomo Bridge and Milky Way.  Owachomo Bridge, a natural stone bridge standing 106' high and spanning 130' wide,stretches across a canyon with the Milky Way crossing the night sky, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Owachomo Bridge And Milky Way At Night

Owachomo Bridge and Star Trails, at night.  Owachomo Bridge, a natural stone bridge standing 106' high and spanning 130' wide,stretches across a canyon with the Milky Way crossing the night sky, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Owachomo Bridge And Star Trails At Night

Balanced Rock and Moon at night, Arches National Park

Balanced Rock And Moon

Canyonlands National Park panorama

Canyonlands National Park Panorama

Balanced Rock, a narrow sandstone tower, appears poised to topple, Arches National Park, Utah

Balanced Rock

Soda Springs Basin from Green River Overlook, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Soda Springs Basin from Green River Overlook, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Landscape Arch and Milky Way, stars rise over the arch at night, Arches National Park, Utah

Landscape Arch And Milky Way, Arches National Park

Wilson Arch rises high above route 191 in eastern Utah, with a span of 91 feet and a height of 46 feet

Wilson Arch, Utah

Small waterfalls and autumn trees, along the left fork in North Creek Canyon, with maple and cottonwood trees turning fall colors, Zion National Park, Utah

Small Waterfalls And Autumn Trees, Zion National Park

Court of the Patriarchs, sunrise, Zion National Park, Utah

Court Of The Patriarchs, Zion National Park

Balanced Rock and Milky Way stars at night, Arches National Park, Utah

Balanced Rock And Milky Way Stars At Night

Moon and Stars over Balanced Rock, Arches National Park

Moon And Stars Over Balanced Rock

Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Mesa Arch Sunrise

Sunset over Garden of the Gods, Arches National Park

Sunset Over Garden Of The Gods

Navajo sandstone forms the cliffs and walls of Zion National Park. The sandstone reaches a thickness of 2300 feet and consists of ancient cemented desert sand dunes. Horizontal lines, commonly called crossbedding, represent layers of wind-blown sand that built up into sand dunes. These dunes were then buried, and the sand grains glued together by calcite and iron oxide to form sandstone

Zion National Park

Canyonlands National Park, winter, viewed from Grandview Point.  Island in the Sky

Canyonlands National Park

Pine Tree Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Pine Tree Arch, Arches National Park.

Fins.  The vertical slabs of Entrada sandstone may become natural sandstone arches, Arches National Park, Utah

Sandstone fins. The vertical slabs of Entrada sandstone may become natural sandstone arches.

Stars over Corona Arch at Night, Moab, Utah

Stars Over Corona Arch

The Milky Way rises in the sky above the Toadstool Hoodoos near the Paria Rimrocks.  Rimrock Hoodoos, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah

Milky Way and Toadstool Hoodoos, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument.

The Milky Way arching over Mesa Arch at night, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

The Milky Way Arching Over Mesa Arch At Night

Milky Way arches over Delicate Arch, as stars cover the night sky, Arches National Park, Utah

Milky Way Arches Over Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Milky Way through North Window, Arches National Park

Milky Way Through North Window

Hiker and Milky Way through North Window, Arches National Park

Milky Way Through North Window

Toadstool Hoodoos near the Paria Rimrocks, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah

Toadstool Hoodoos Near The Paria Rimrocks, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

Balanced Rock, a narrow sandstone tower, appears poised to topple, Arches National Park, Utah

Balanced Rock

Sandstone fins stand on edge.  Vertical fractures separate standing plates of sandstone that are eroded into freestanding fins, that may one day further erode into arches, Arches National Park, Utah

Fins, Arches National Park, Utah

Toadstool Hoodoos near the Paria Rimrocks, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah

Toadstool Hoodoos Near The Paria Rimrocks, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

The Virgin River Narrows, where the Virgin River has carved deep, narrow canyons through the Zion National Park sandstone, creating one of the finest hikes in the world

The Virgin River Narrows In Zion National Park

Dead Horse Point Overlook, with the Colorado River flowing 2,000 feet below.  300 million years of erosion has carved the expansive canyons, cliffs and walls below and surrounding Deadhorse Point, Deadhorse Point State Park, Utah

Dead Horse Point Overlook, Deadhorse Point State Park

Inflatable cop.  Kanab's Finest, hard at work.  A Kanab police officer actively enforcing the speed limit in the town of Kanab, Utah

Inflatable Cop, Kanab