Mr. Robin Redbreast doesn't like this cold weather!!!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah --9/17/17

Hello to my wonderful Blog Friends!   George and I just returned from a wonderful 16 day trip out west...  This trip was spent mostly in Utah and in a little part of Arizona...  Today's header and photo are both from one of our favorite places,  CEDAR BREAKS  NATIONAL MONUMENT (found near Cedar City, Utah).  This park isn't open year-round like many of them, since their elevation is over 10,000 feet... They do get a lot of snow there!!!  In  fact,  on our last trip in June of 2011,  we did see some snow while there.

This year,  even though there was a brisk and cold wind blowing while we were there,  we did not see any snow... I am featuring two of my favorite pictures for you today from this trip to Cedar Breaks...  I love seeing the gorgeous Engelmann Pine trees in this park.  However,  beetles have destroyed many of them..  BUT--the good news is that these pines come back quickly--as you can see when looking at my blog post photo today..

Hope you enjoy these two pictures ---and hope you will stop by my Joyful Reflections Blog next week to see much more from our fabulous Western Trip...

Have a fantastic October!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Autumn Colors in the Smoky Mountains 2016

Layers and layers of colors in the Great Smoky Mountains,  October 2016
Welcome to SEPTEMBER,  2017....   I hope that this month and future ones bring our family (especially son Mark) much more JOY...  August was rough for him  (first the death of his wife,  then the hurricane and flooding,  and then the price-gouging he had to endure in order to get his car fixed after the flooding)....  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.    (You can read more about Debbie's death and our love for her by clicking HERE,   and reading that post plus THIS one).

My pictures today  (header and post picture) were taken in October of 2016  on our trip to see the Autumn Colors  in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.   I hope that we can see more of this beauty this Fall.... I'm looking forward to the Autumn Colors  (but not raking the leaves)... ha ha

Have an awesome September, my Friends.