This is what waking up hours before dawn, breakfast of pop tarts and water, spending hours scouting for locations rewards! All the boredom, frustration at the bland daylight, and many miles of traveling all disappear instantly at the sight of the red orange sunrise and the joy of photography takes over! The sunset at Fishing Cone was disappointing due to the clouds but the clouds made the sunrise even more wonderful! Unfortunately the neutral density gradient filter was a 3 stop, so it was a bit heavy, but I am still happy with the results. Also the predawn light was the most wonderful part of the experience, the usual train of asian tourists arrived right at dawn, all the movement and shaking of the boardwalk did make me sad as everyone crowded around my what used to be solitary spot.
Return to the Grand Tetons! It was a bit early and all the trails I would like to hike were closed, but the ice flows along the lakes were fascinating and made for some interesting pictures! The sunset at Snake River Outlet was sadly disappointing, but the sunrise at Mormon Row and Oxbow Bend more than made up for it!
Yes, I have photographed the most photographed barn in the world.
Third hike up Adams Canyon... this time I have images to prove it! Problem was that I didn't clean my sensor beforehand so with f22, lots of oh so lovely black spots.... Great hike though!
Bryce Canyon for a sunrise at Bryce Point then a walk down through Queens and Navajo loop! The clouds made for some spectacular skies!
The awesome drive along scenic Utah 12 and 24 between Goblin Valley State Park and Bryce Canon!
Goblin Valley State Park! Unfortunately it was packed with what looked like to be a boy scout troop but we could still walk off far enough to get away from everyone else and enjoy the hoodoos!
A return to Arches national park with family this time! Terrific weather out this time of year to wander the park, and this time I didn't get rained out at the top of Delicate Arch, although we did have to shoo away people from under the arch as the minutes of sunset cast its lovely light upon the stone. The following morning we went to Landscape arch then popped back into the car for Utah 12, Goblin Valley, and heading to Bryce Canyon!
Ah the San Juan Skyline! I had taken another trip back here about 6 years go in February and even then it was gorgeous with the snow covered mountains. I missed the peak colors by probably nearly 2 weeks, but it was still a spectacular drive through the aspens! I did find a small trail I walked on for a bit into the aspens in search of an image I have been trying to capture forever (looking straight into a dense forest of aspens with golden leaves.. pretty popular). I didn't see my picture there, but when I looked up, I saw another picture. Hope you like it!
I finally made it Mesa Verde! (after I move out of New Mexico.. go figure.. I still haven't seen Carlsbad Caverns either!). I was just a tad disappointed. Not that it wasn't a great place, but after the Gila Cliff dwellings, Chaco Canyon, Bandolier... I was just expecting a bit more! It's like seeing the Grand Canyon after wandering southern Utah... oh... it's another canyon.. just bigger.
But it was, as always, worth the side trip and the time!
Small 200 mile roadtrip around the east side of the mountains up around Trapper's Loop (Snowbasin) on up to Bear Lake and down Logan Canyon. The autumn colors were terrific but I didn't really capture them well.