Bryce Canyon 2

Zion Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, 24th October 2014.

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The next morning, we returned to Bryce Canyon to photograph the magnificent assemblages at and before dawn.

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Bryce Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

After an hour or so we left for breakfast and here we have returned in the later morning for a final sortie.

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Bryce Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

One or two of our party walked all the way down to the canyon floor.  I didn’t allow myself enough time for that and it was a long walk back up I didn’t want to have to hurry.

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On our way to Capitol Reef National Park we were transfixed by this huge tree in full autumn foliage in the small town of Lyman, Utah.

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Bryce Canyon 1

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, 23rd October 2014.

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This is from a viewpoint in Bryce National park, 8,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level (or 2,400 to 2,700 metres).  We arrived in mid afternoon and the light could be better but the image does give you a good overview.

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The little shapes that poke up like statues are called hoodoos.  The proliferation of the hoodoos is caused by freezing and thawing cycles in winter, causing splitting in the rocks.  Because of the high elevation it is very cold with ice and snow in winter.

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It looks like a desolate wasteland but you may be able to notice that there are a few houses in the second valley.

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Bryce Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

We were lucky to catch the Bryce hoodoos while they are still there.  They are eroding away very fast, at about a metre every 200 years, and within only 600,000 years they will all be gone.

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Bryce Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Unfortunately, some of the first eight or so of these images are not as sharp as they could be.  Being used to a DSLR and not having mirror bounce with the Fuji camera, I thought I could get away without a remote release.  When I later found they were unsharp due to tripod movement, I started using the camera timer.  You won’t notice the unsharpness on this page but many of them are not worth printing.

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Bryce Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

I find an ambiguity of scale here.  They might be bonsais but they’re not.

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Bryce Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

We went away to have dinner and came back for the sunset….

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The pink, orange and white hoodoos and spires are part of the Claron Formation which is limestone, 40 to 50 million years old.

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Zion Canyon (Mono)

Utah, USA, 21st to 23rd October 2014.

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These are monochrome versions of Zion Canyon images from the previous four posts.

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Here is a curiosity – a monochrome sunrise.

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Black and White, Infrared, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

Many of the images, such as this one, are monochrome infrareds.

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Black and White, Infrared, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon .

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Black and White, Infrared, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon .

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Black and White, Infrared, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon .

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Black and White, Infrared, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

For more information about the images, see the previous four posts.

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Leaving Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon National Park, Utah, USA, 23rd October 2014.

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This is dawn at Springdale, Utah, just outside Zion Canyon National Park but looking towards it.

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Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

Later, after breakfast, we headed off towards Bryce Canyon National Park.   The road, still inside Zion Canyon National Park, was a twisting wonderland, with tunnels and not many places to park a vehicle.  Wonderful views abounded (when not inside the tunnels) with vistas and canyons and autumn colours.

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Most of these images are from walking in small canyons beside the road though some are from the road.

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Here are layers and layers of rock laid down over the millenia as sand dunes turned to sandstone.

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Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

Further on, outside the National Park, we came to a farm with some strange-looking cattle – well, bison actually.

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Zion Canyon (IR)

Utah, USA, 22nd October 2014.

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Whose eyes are these?

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Why do they see this way?

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Whose head am I in?

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What kind of animal sees the world this way?

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… with such an extended spectral response …

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… and sometimes such clarity …

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Or is it the world that has changed?

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… leaving me as the reflection of my own perceptions?

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Lava Point and The Narrows

Zion Canyon area, Utah, USA, 22nd October 2014.

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Dawn at Lava Point, Zion National Park….

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Landscape, Lava point, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Narrows, Travel, USA, Utah, Wilcat Trail Head, Zion Canyon

Coming back down from the viewpoint after dawn, this is a view from Wildcat Trail Head.

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Landscape, Lava point, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Narrows, Travel, USA, Utah, Wilcat Trail Head, Zion Canyon These are landscapes on a majestic scale.

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Further on the way back, I’m not sure exactly where, this is a view from the road…..

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Back in Zion Canyon proper, this is a view of the top of the cliffs.  The sandstone cliffs here are 3,000 feet high (or 900 metres).

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I stopped to take a photograph and the others kept on going.  Though there’s just the one valley here, they must have gone on a side trail because I walked on past them.

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I ended up walking in The Narrows.  This is potentially a very dangerous place because heavy rain 20 miles away can cause a flash flood.  Suddenly, there is raging water, a massive increase in the water level and nowhere to hide.  These events can particularly happen in summer.

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Someone drowned in the Narrows in September 2014, a month before I was there.  Two people died in 2010 trying to go down the river on a log raft.  Two drowned in 1998 and five boy scouts died in a flash flood in the 1961.

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Landscape, Lava point, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Narrows, Travel, USA, Utah, Wilcat Trail Head, Zion Canyon

Back out of The Narrows, still in Zion Canyon.

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This is a blue heron, who didn’t appear to be catching any fish.

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Landscape, Lava point, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Narrows, Travel, USA, Utah, Wilcat Trail Head, Zion Canyon

A section of the canyon wall.  If in Afghanistan, maybe a suitable place to carve a replacement for the giant Bhuddas of Bamiyan.

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Back at the bridge, with the light fading….

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Zion Canyon (Day 1)

Utah, USA, 21st October 2014.

Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

Moving out of Las Vegas and entering Utah, our first destination was Zion Canyon.  This is the view from the bridge on the way into the National Park.

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Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon is on the edge of the Colorado Plateau and so is unusual in that you walk in from the bottom of the canyon instead of looking around from the top.

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Near the bridge is as far as you can drive a car.  To go further up the canyon you have to take a bus and then walk.

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Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah, Zion Canyon

The rocks are mainly sandstone and the layers date mainly from the Triassic to the Jurassic (250 to 150 million years ago).

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Anasazi (ancestral publoans) lived in this area from about 2,000 years ago; Paiutes from about 800 years ago and Mormons from the 1860s.

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Back at the bridge (similar viewpoint to the first image) for the fading sun.

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This final image is a ten minute exposure after dark.

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