Bryce Canyon 1

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

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

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

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

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 .

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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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 comments on “Bryce Canyon 1

  1. Beautiful shots – and I liked the comment “We were lucky to catch the Bryce hoodoos while they are still there.” I wasn’t aware that Bryce had such elevation. I don’t do well at altitude so perhaps will have to rethink having it on the bucket list.

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much Jeni. I didn’t notice the elevation though my partner Jools did. However it’s not so much of an issue if you confine yourself to the various viewpoints at the level of the carparks. I would think it’s only if you walk to the bottom and then have to walk back up that it may become an issue.

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  2. Murray, this is a place that is definitely on my bucket list, along with Zion National Park. Unbelievable beauty (but so sad to learn the hoodoos are slowly eroding). Thanks for sharing. I’ve had fun revisiting each photo a number of times!

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