Although my previous photograph was shot from my backyard in Greenehaven, the next time it snowed I needed to get more visual interest in my photographs. So I ran down to Wahweap to get closer to the water.
It was a race to catch the snow, the clouds and the sun in perfect balance before time got the best of me and the landscape returned to normal. But with such dramatic (and changing) weather, even a pull off along the entrance to Wahweap looks magical.
I wanted to show that some lucky houseboaters were in the magic as it happened so I composed this photo with some of the houseboats moored at the marina and a rental houseboat coming in. Perhaps not visually the most dramatic for a landscape, but a fun memory.
The light got more dramatic and I made great use of my telephoto to capture some warm glow on the mesa across the lake, but you’ll have to check back later for that post!
As usual in the Summer on Lake Powell your vacation may not include any clouds. Sunsets still offer us the canvas of the brilliant canyon walls and will reward you with breathtaking orange explosions of color.
These photographs were all taken from an observation point off Highway 89 between the North and South entrances to Wahweap Marina. It’s a quick gravel road uphill to a small parking lot. Please be careful entering and exiting this stop — it’s off the highway and there are not turn lanes.
Here we get a wonderful comparison in size between these massive houseboats in the marina and the surrounding canyons.
One of the most recognizable outcroppings in Lake Powell along Wahweap is Castle Rock, here it dwarfs a rental power boat cruising the bay.
Looking over Antelope Island into Arizona is Tower Butte. A good friend of mine was hired once to photograph a wedding performed on top of Tower Butte. Just a pilot, minister, the happy couple and this photographer were able to take the helicopter to it’s plateau — after quite a bit of work to get the necessary permission. The story is that they found a tee and some golf balls on top.
As popular as Lake Powell is in the hot sunny summer months there’s a secret that the locals know — Lake Powell is a great place to houseboat in the Spring, Fall and Winter. The lake can be quiet, still and serene.
These photographs are from a trip taken over November (Thanksgiving to be specific). The clouds hung low in the sky, keeping temperatures cool, the colors muted, the shadows soft. It did not rain on us and the clouds didn’t hang around the entire trip. The weather was great for some hiking and exploring up the canyon walls that would be brutally hot in the summer.
We had our pick of some of the best beaches and houseboat parking. In the Summer this location would be stacked with boats!
When the sun came out we really got to enjoy the wonderful sandy beach. It is worth noting that swimming was not on the agenda! Although boating on the still, smooth fall water is a treat, that’s about the extent of the water recreation you’d comfortably try. Instead, focus on the landscape, climbing and hiking, the cool weather, the sweet smell of moisture in the desert, the glow of a nighttime campfire…
If you think that the hot sun of Summer will melt your houseboat rental plans on Lake Powell, consider visiting in the Spring or Fall!