Landscape and Nature photography by Shane Srogi

Archive for April, 2013

Ode to the Thistle

 (Shane Srogi)


A Thistle too good to pass up!

Thistle lore: Origin as the symbol of Scotland “According to a legend, an invading Norse army was attempting to sneak up at night upon a Scottish army’s encampment. During this operation one barefoot Norseman had the misfortune to step upon a thistle, causing him to cry out in pain, thus alerting Scots to the presence of the Norse invaders.”

The Thistle root can be boiled and eaten as the Lewis and Clark expedition found out. They must taste good because they are Eeyore’s, from Winnie the Pooh, favorite food.

Earth Day 2013

 (Shane Srogi)


Resilience at Mesa Arch

We should have known something was up when we had Mesa Arch all to ourselves.  A fellow photographer and I had been in the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park all week, isolated by location and design.  It had been 85 each afternoon so it was a surprise when this spring snow storm rolled in just after dawn.  White out conditions and 3 inches of snow would cover the slick rock before noon.  This dashed our hopes of backpacking down to the Green River…..we actually lost the trail….which was mostly over bare rock.  This was a good thing because neither of us would pull the rip cord, stupid and stubborn.  I would not have wanted to be on the edge of a narrow canyon trail in a blizzard….is exactly what I thought when I completed the journey in much better weather.  Either way was a hell of an adventure.  And that is the point.  Get out there and see what Mother Nature will throw at you.