Nature

Showdown at the Makhtesh

Sunrise over the Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon in Hebrew), the world's largest erosion crater in the Negev desert, southern Israel, on October 18, 2017.

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A woman watches the sunrise over the Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon in Hebrew), the world's largest erosion crater in the Negev desert, southern Israel, on October 18, 2017.

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Male Nubian Ibex fight for the right to breed by pushing against each other with their horns near the edge of the Ramon Crater (Makhtesh Ramon in Hebrew), the world's largest erosion crater in the Negev desert, southern Israel, on October 18, 2017.

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Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park

Visitors are seen in the Bell Caves, one of the ancient caves of Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located near the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, on June 1, 2017. The network of hundreds of man-made caves excavated near the ancient towns of Maresha and Beit-Guvrin bear witness to a succession of historical periods of excavation and usage stretching over 2,000 years, from the Iron Age to the Crusades, as well as a great variety of subterranean construction methods.
 

Proportions

I have to say I was disappointed to see Bridalveil Fall dry (along with most waterfalls in Yosemite National Park. To keep things in proportion - California is suffering from a four year drought and wildfires are raging in this wonderful state for quite some time now, affecting thousands of people, some losing their lives or homes to the fires.

At least one cute duck showed up to brighten up the scene...

The 'Trouble' with Utah

Forget ‘Beehive State’ ‘Life Elevated’ or even ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth’ – I think Utah should change its slogan/nickname to ‘So Much to See, So Little Time’

I think most people hope to revisit a place they once traveled to. That’s assuming their overall experience was good. The ‘trouble’ with Utah is that there is no other option really but revisit this state. For me, it’s just one of those few places I really wish to explore again one day.

What’s the trouble then, you ask?

That I’ll probably feel just the same next time I get to travel there, that is if I’m even lucky enough to ever come back.

So here’s a selection of photos from our Utah trip last month. Hope you’ll enjoy.