Moab, Utah 2017, Part 2 - Onion Creek, Fisher Towers, Dome Plateau

Ok back to the afternoon of the first day. We headed off to the Dome Plateau Trail just on the west side of the Dewey Bridge. It was a 30-mile trail, but as we got started it was clearly evident that the trail was more technical than I had anticipated and trying to traverse the 30 miles with what remained in the afternoon was not going to be feasible. We stopped off at overlook and hiked around. Tom had some binoculars and we were able to see an eagle with a rabbit that it had just killed for food (sorry no pictures) and ravens surrounding it trying to steal some food. Here are some images from the afternoon adventure.

 

 The Toyota 4Runner on the Dome Plateau Trail prior to going through the gate.  Photo courtesy of Debbie Tubridy / TNWA Photograph

The Toyota 4Runner on the Dome Plateau Trail prior to going through the gate.

Photo courtesy of Debbie Tubridy / TNWA Photograph

 Lichen forming on the desert sandstone. Fuji X100F

Lichen forming on the desert sandstone. Fuji X100F

 Desert shrubbery among juniper pines and dead branches. Fuji X100F

Desert shrubbery among juniper pines and dead branches. Fuji X100F

 Interesting yellow/green plant in the desert. I'm guessing it's from the Yucca plant family. If anyone knows what this is called, leave a comment.  I'd love to know. Fuji X100F

Interesting yellow/green plant in the desert. I'm guessing it's from the Yucca plant family. If anyone knows what this is called, leave a comment.  I'd love to know. Fuji X100F

 Interesting desert textures. Fuji X100F

Interesting desert textures. Fuji X100F

 Love the curly plant growth from this yucca plant. Fuji X100F

Love the curly plant growth from this yucca plant. Fuji X100F

On Day 2 we took a leisurely ridge along the Onion Creek Road. This road is a relaxing drive through a deep-cut canyon with distinctive rock formations, like Totem Pole Tower. There are a number of creek crossings along the road and one area called Stinking Spring where you get an aroma in the air that smells like onions, thus why the creek is named Onion Creek. Here are some of the image from the drive.

 Totem Pole Tower along Onion Creek Road. Fuji X100F

Totem Pole Tower along Onion Creek Road. Fuji X100F

 Textures of the canyon walls along Onion Creek Road. Fuji X100F

Textures of the canyon walls along Onion Creek Road. Fuji X100F

 Fisher Towers. Fuji X100F

Fisher Towers. Fuji X100F

 View of Onion Creek from an overlook. Fuji X-Pro2, 14mm f/2.8 Lens

View of Onion Creek from an overlook. Fuji X-Pro2, 14mm f/2.8 Lens

 Onion Creek views.  Fuji X100F

Onion Creek views.  Fuji X100F

 Golden rabbit brush is amazing in the winter months especially back lit with the sun. Fuji X100F

Golden rabbit brush is amazing in the winter months especially back lit with the sun. Fuji X100F

 Monochrome view of rabbit brush. Fuji X100F

Monochrome view of rabbit brush. Fuji X100F

 The various colors of of rock formation coming from the sulpher in the area. Fuji X100F

The various colors of of rock formation coming from the sulpher in the area. Fuji X100F

 Golden reeds along Onion Creek.  Notice the white sulphur that has formed along the creek. Fuji X100F

Golden reeds along Onion Creek.  Notice the white sulphur that has formed along the creek. Fuji X100F

 The textures of the creek make for interesting black and white images. Fuji X100F

The textures of the creek make for interesting black and white images. Fuji X100F

 This area is near Stinking Spring where there is a distinctive sulpher/onion smell in the air. Notice the green fungus/plant growth along the creek. Fuji X100F

This area is near Stinking Spring where there is a distinctive sulpher/onion smell in the air. Notice the green fungus/plant growth along the creek. Fuji X100F

 Brilliant green colors of the grass growing near Stinking Spring. Fuji X100F

Brilliant green colors of the grass growing near Stinking Spring. Fuji X100F

 Fuji X-Pro2, 56mm f/1.2 Lens

Fuji X-Pro2, 56mm f/1.2 Lens

 Interesting textures within the canyon wall layers. Fuji X100F

Interesting textures within the canyon wall layers. Fuji X100F

 Molten formations within the rock. Fuji X100F

Molten formations within the rock. Fuji X100F

 Views at the top of Onion Creek Road of Thompson Canyon. Fuji X100F

Views at the top of Onion Creek Road of Thompson Canyon. Fuji X100F

More images to come in Part 3 as I finish up this adventure.