Uinta-Wasatch-Cache I

canyon road

Summer is long gone, but I still have some pictures from my holidays that I haven’t shared yet. I will mix and divide them between two blog posts.

This canyon road goes through Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest  all the way from Utah to Wyoming. There are countless opportunities for hiking, but with our newborn baby we only did what we could 🙂 These pictures are simple snaps, our family memories.

Jordanelle Reservoir is a good place for landscape photography with all those mountain layers that change the view as you move along the road. This picture was taken from Kamas side of the reservoir, on the go, from the car window. Water level is too low this year, which is not good at all.

jordanelle state park

This cute barn in Kamas looked more beautiful than ever adorned with sunflowers.


There are many lakes of all sizes in Uinta forest. I am not sure but I think this is the Trial Lake.


Somewhere around the Mirror Lake Drive we saw a family of Mule Deer.

mule deer

mule deer

More finds 🙂 A Hawk Moth caterpillar …

hawk moth

… and a wasp nest.

wasp nest

Young explorers had a field day 🙂

Uinta forest and mountains are home to moose, elk, mule deer, black bear, cougar and many other smaller animals and birds. There are more than 1700 miles of trails, and people of any age and ability level can find something suitable to spend a day in the wild.

canyon road

I will share more Uinta pictures  in my next blog.

Big Cottonwood Canyon Road takes us to the Silver Lake.


The trail around the lake is only a mile long, easy and family friendly. Half of the trail is a boardwalk, and the other half goes through the forest. If you are in wildflower photography, Silver Lake is the place. There are more than 100 species of plants, among them Shooting stars, White bog orchid, and Elephanthead orchid. I took a picture of wild Columbines…


… and Aspen trees, still green.


Sunset over Silver Lake, the end of the trail.

Silver lake

On our way back home we were lucky to observe Mammatus cloud. I was absolutely stunned and almost forgot that I had to take pictures. It is all I have got as we had to turn.

mammatus clouds

mammatus clouds

I am linking this post to the blogs that feature travels and far away land : Global Sojourns Photography,  Adventures , Two Brown Feet, Image Earth Travel. Please visit and follow!

More pictures in my next blog post.

www.inesemjphotography.com Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Beautiful landscape pictures even from the car window. I imagine that you just saw the view and could not help to snap the picture on the go. I love that close up deer picture. I would like to be able to see them close (not too close) too. I could only spotted them from a far or when they ran in front of the car.

  2. What a joy this was, Inese. Your photos, as always, were so lovely. That caterpillar is really cool, what a great find! And the wasp nest is beautiful too. Your drive and walks, so relaxed and your wildlife finds so beautiful, wild columbine, the scenery, the lake. But what really blew me away were those mammatus clouds. Wow! So very striking. I went to the Wiki. link, appreciated the explanation. I have never seen anything like it. Thanks for this enjoyable sojourn, I enjoyed Part II very much, too.

    1. It was the first time in my life I saw these clouds. We were driving, and after a turn the clouds appeared on our right. They were stunning. After a minute or so my daughter said – don’t we have to take pictures, because it is something very unusual. And only then I realised that I was just staring in the window. I started taking pictures, but the most beautiful part of the cloud was already behind us.

  3. Wow! That is one chubby caterpillar — good leaves, I bet. Thanks for the mammatus clouds and definition. I always learn something new from your superb posts. xo

    1. Thank you so much, Rose! That caterpillar was a mighty beast. His moth has red hindwings. Very beautiful.
      I am having problems with WordPress these days – it is kicking me out of my account and doesn’t let me comment and sometimes even ‘like’. Hope to visit your blog soon ❤

      1. That moth sounds gorgeous!
        I’m sorry to hear about your troubles with WordPress, Inese. Is it just with WordPress you’re having problems? Have you re-started/re-booted your computer lately? Sometimes that can help get your computer working better again.
        No worries about visiting as I’ve been delayed in writing die to work and projects. I hope your computer gets back in shape! ❤

        1. This always happens when WordPress makes changes in their interface. The little button you have to click to see the comments and ‘likes’ has been changed, and the same day I was kicked out of my account multiple times 🙂 It is still happening when I visit some blogs.
          Goodness, I understand you so well. I am overwhelmed myself. Thankfully I have a couple of photographs prepared in advance 🙂 You take your time – we are all here to enjoy each others company, not to demand a new blog post NOW 🙂 ❤

  4. A great selection of photos, Inese. The mountains, lakes and forests are spectacular and the wildlife is lovely. I’m sure you and your family had a wonderful time sight-seeing and exploring. Lovely photo of the quaint barn with the sunflowers.

  5. Such beauty everywhere and a grand amount of open space. I love all those pictures, Inese. That hawk moth caterpillar shot is particularly impressive. And the barn picture is the sort of scene an artist would choose to paint.

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