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. Exactly 🙂 I always go to the Google maps and try to recreate our trip, but it only works if there is a street view. This lake was very difficult to figure out 🙂

    1. Thank you! These forests are beautiful, but I don’t know if I want to hike away from the road. The wildlife is quite serious there. Still, many people hike. We have seen like a hundred jeeps and camper vans parked all over the place with no people around – I presume they are all hiking in the mountains. My pictures are mostly taken from the car window 🙂 More to follow.

  1. Your pictures capture the landscapes beautifully. I hiked in the Unitas years ago, Inese, and the wildflowers are some of my favorite memories. I love your photos of those clouds, how dramatic is that!

    1. Thank you so much, Diana! I am so glad that you have good memories about the Uintas. I hope to go there again when our girls are a little bit older. More pictures in my next blog.
      I have never seen Mammatus cloud before. I was staring at the sky and forgot to take pictures. Then we had to turn, so I only got these pictures of the edge of that cloud. Very delighted 🙂

    1. Katrina, I am watching that barn for years, and it is always beautiful, but the sunflowers just made it shine. I would love to put up a photo album of that barn pictures 🙂

          1. That period twixt the two world wars has a never ending place in my heart. Oh, to travel back in time and live just a slice of it to see what it was really like.

            1. Yes, tragic, the first war was still casting its shadow, and the second war was already threatening the world. I would say, people hurried to live their life before it get cut short.

            2. That was probably why it was a great period for modern philosophy, art, culture, fashion. The Left Bank of Paris was in it’s prime, full of American writers, escapee Russians, the French at their very best etc

    1. Thank you Teagan! It was a beginning of the sunset, with several micro-storms brewing around. Wasatch was the only place where I got a few minutes of rain in 7 weeks 🙂 Many hugs!

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