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. I love the wild west, your photos are exceptional, Inese! The precious little explorer was my favorite shot, though! You were in the U.S. which means we were closer than we may ever be in body; but our friendship and spirits are joined, from when we started connecting our blogs. . . ❤ ~ RC

      1. Oh, Inese! Thanks so much for your comment. Just as I am about to close up and head towards bed. Hope you also have a wonderful week, dear friend. xo

    1. Bun, you can google, they are stunning. I took a picture of the edge of that cloud, almost missed my chance because I was just staring at it from the car window 🙂 It was something.

    1. Thank you Andrea! Yes, the clouds are unusual. Later I found in Google that they are Mammatus clouds. I was just staring with my camera in my lap, almost missed the shot 🙂

    1. Thank you Antonia! This forest is just five hours drive from Yellowstone, and it is where most of tourists go in summer. In winter, all these mountain roads are closed, and all the activities are concentrated in skiing resorts – I will write a few words about them in my next post. It is why Uinta-Wasatch-Cache is mostly a local place of recreation.

  2. I like the light… it’s soft in some way and that sunset is breathtaking. Thank you, Inese. It feels nice to see your adventures in another lands as you have a vision close to mine, to discover another world. Hoping everything is well there for you and your loved ones. ^_^

    1. Hi Francis! I thought you had already quit the blog. Nice to see you are still here 🙂 I will go and check out if you have posted something 🙂 It was always a pleasure to view your pictures.

      1. Thank you, Inese. ^_^ But, not, I came more to see you… I cannot post yet but I’ll try to do it soon. Work is a bit heavy here. Take care so much. n_n

      1. Hello, Inese. that would be funny, the sad truth is that my time is quite reduced, I missed you and the dear friends here so although I cannot post I wanted to see you. I am happy for that, I hope your eyes are better.

        1. Yes, thank you. I think working on AutoCad damaged my eyes. I was on computer non stop for a number of days – it is when my eyesight turned to the worse.
          I understand the lack of time. Struggling with that myself. Glad you are all right, and hope you are still taking your beautiful landscape photographs.

          1. Happy to read it! Oh, and I’ll take care as well as I use Autocad. :O I received the camera I purchased on internet just a pair of days ago. I know the beauty find its way to us so I’ll meet nice things to share. ^_^

            1. Ha, so you know how it affects the eyes. Don’t overdo, take breaks.
              Congrats with your camera! It is always a very exciting moment to receive your new baby 🙂

              1. Thank you, Inese, it’s a Sigma DP2, it’s quite small! Said that if someday you need some help to finish drawings in Autocad I will be my best to help. n_n

  3. Inese, you have so much energy! I adore your zest for life. It is evident in each and every photo. I love to travel with you and see some of what you see. Thanks for visiting my blog and your wonderful comments. Best wishes, Kate

    1. Thank you so much, Kate! I am just trailing behind, wherever they take me 🙂 Here in Ireland I am not that mobile anymore. No more hiking, anyway. I go only to the places where I can drive.
      Have a lovely Sunday! Not so lovely here today 🙂 …

    1. Thank you so much! Pity that I was staring at the cloud and forgot to take a picture until it was almost too late. The middle of the cloud was much more spectacular – you can google Mammatus cloud.

  4. I really like the one with the Aspen trees. It’s almost symmetrical but not quite, and I like the way you don’t see the tops of the trees.

    1. The trunks of the Aspen trees are the most fascinating thing to me. This group of trees was still summer green, but in my next blog post you will see lemon-yellow patches in the mountains, at a higher elevation. These are Aspen trees in their autumn beauty.

  5. I saw your beautiful post on a reblog. I especially love the barn with the sunflowers. You have such an eye my darling, you never fail to amaze and I can’t wait for your next post xxx

  6. So much beauty, and in my own country! Blast my lack of traveling! But I’m so glad you captured that cloud, and the mix of small life and epic skies…perfect. xxxx

    1. Thank you so much! That cloud was something – I only took pictures of its edge because I forgot that I had a camera in my lap. I just stared 🙂 You can google the cloud – it is spectacular.

    1. Thank you so much, Derrick! Pictures were taken mostly from the car window, but I did have a mini photo session… I will share it in my next blog post 😉

  7. I enjoy the pictures especially the last two with storm clouds.., they are so ‘moody’ – in an artistic way yet so dramatic!!

    Vivienne X

    1. Thank yo so much Vivienne! These clouds are very rare, and it was the first time in my life that I had a chance to see them. I missed the most spectacular part because I was in such awe that I forgot about my camera 🙂 I just stared in the car window and couldn’t believe it was for real 🙂 xx

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