Every New Year’s Eve for the past 25 years my late friend and jazz pianist Marian McPartland and I would fax (and later email), no matter where we were in the world, an article from the New York Times entitled “New Year’s Eve Among the Cedars.” I have a copy of the article at home but as I am traveling I don’t have access to the full article. Basically, it was about foregoing the traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations and parties and spending New Year’s Eve hiking in the woods in the snow among the cedar trees. My friend and I (she is sorely missed) kept up this tradition to remind each other that it was important to spend time quietly reflecting on the old year and planning how to make things better in the new year. So it is in this spirit that I am ‘blogging’ this message to Marian and all my friends this New Year’s Eve. I will be spending New Year Eve at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park photographing the night sky. (Snow fell last night but the forecast is for clear skies tonight.) I think Marian would be pleased.
I have spent several days here in Moab, Utah revisiting some of my favorite places and getting some shots of snow covered arches and other beautiful scenery. The feel of Arches National Park and Canyonlands is much different in winter and I like it very much. It is less crowded and very peaceful. I’m enjoying the scenery with no soundtrack. So tonight I will be thinking of Marian and all my friends and wishing you all a very happy new year from among the arches.
Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Wintry Sunrise at Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Moon over Park Avenue, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah (black and white)
Reflections of red rocks from the banks of the Colorado River covered with ice and snow yesterday, Castle Valley, Utah
Moonlight in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Happy new year!