Mesa Arch and Delicate Arch

Mesa Arch and Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA, 26th October 2014.

Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Mesa Arch (also known as Masa Arch) is a location you walk into for the great view through the arch.  It is primarily a location for dawn photography.  The multi-point flare in the image above comes from stopping down the lens as it points into the rising sun.  There were maybe forty photographers there, competing for a place though very politely and cooperatively.  I have had to remove some unwanted cameras and tripods from the bottom of the image below.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

A little later, another view through Mesa Arch.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Later, after breakfast, on our way to Delicate Arch, this is Ham Rock, probably taken from a moving vehicle.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Just near the carpark for the walk to Delicate Arch, on a short side trail, are these petroglyphs.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

The walk to Delicate Arch takes an hour or two (one way).

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

There are a variety of impressive views along the way.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Not having quite reached it, I climbed up to view Delicate Arch from a natural rock window.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Here is the same view from a little further back, showing the window.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

There were also some interesting views looking in the other direction.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah So here we are at Delicate Arch.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

There were about fifty photographers, mainly with tripods, stretched out in a large arc maybe thirty metres from the arch, waiting for the optimum light as the sun went down.  There was a humorous event when that started to happen.  Two young people dashed out in front of the rock for a selfie just as the light started to get good, though it may not last long.  A great roar ensued from all the photographers who had been patiently waiting for this moment for hours.  The young couple hastily ran back to whence they came.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

In the other direction, looking towards the sunset.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

A last look towards Delicate Arch at sunset.

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A Park map, including Park Avenue, The Windows and Delicate Arch.

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6 comments on “Mesa Arch and Delicate Arch

  1. Brian Rope says:

    Some great images in this lot Murray.

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  2. MJF Images says:

    Pretty silly to get upset when you consider it only takes a second to clone people from a photo. I never get stressed about people in front of me especially at popular spots. What can you expect after all? I salute you staying for sunset at Delicate, and for braving the crowd at Mesa.

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    • MJF Images says:

      And I know you were just sitting back chuckling about that dramatic response!

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    • Murray Foote says:

      I wonder how many people of those photographing there would even know about cloning or better content-aware fill, obvious as that may be – and how many would feel bizarrely bound to accept whatever comes out of the camera with minimal processing or none at all.

      There was a large crowd at that tiny window at Mesa Arch. Lucky we got there pretty early and the person in front of me was very accommodating. I still had a bit of the photographic gear.in front of me to remove in processing.

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