Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA, 29th October 2014.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

In the morning we had a visit to Antelope Canyon, in Navajo land, near Page, Arizona, accompanied by a Navajo giude.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon and there are quite a few of these in this region, though many may be difficult to access.  They are narrow winding canyons, sculpted by water.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

Flash floods are a potential issue as the flood water may come from many kilometres away.  Eleven tourists died in the lower canyon during as flash flood in 1997.  We were in the upper canyon and safety measures have improved but the issue remains.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Monument Valley 2

Monument Valley, Utah, USA, 28th October 2014.

Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

The next day we arose well before sunrise to photograph the emerging dawn at Monolith Valley.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

The moment of dawn, or “Morning has broken” as Cat Stevens used to say.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Now looking in the other direction, at cliffs lit up by the early morning sun.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Sill in Monument Valley, this is desert dust, not morning fog.  Local Navajo Indians live out there and the roads are open to outsiders after 8am only.   The main cause of the dust is cars driving on the dirt roads.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

A road with a spectacular view, close to Monument Valley.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

The only place to take this photo is from the middle of the road and you really don’t want to argue too much with those trucks.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Now we’ve left Monument Valley and we’re close to Page, Arizona, our stop for the night.  This is Horseshoe Bend.  I could have done with better light and not so much into the sun but you make the most of what you have.  There were quite a few people at the lookout and you hang out over the cliff to get the photo with a drop of three hundred metres.  There were several people who seemed to be taking an unnecessarily cavalier attitude and a few people have occasionally fallen over the edge.  However, I opted for a safe approach. I lay back and poked the camera over the edge on the end of my tripod, taking the photo by self timer, one hand on a tripod leg and another attached to a wrist strap.  No remedy if you drop the camera (or yourself for that matter).

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

As the sun goes down and very close to Page, Arizona, this is Lake Powell, a lake created by a dam in the early 1960s.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

We were just stopped at a random place beside the road because the view was compelling and the light was just right.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Monument Valley 1

Monument Valley, Utah, USA, 27th October 2014.

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

Heading from Arches National Park towards Monument Valley, we stopped off at Indian Hat, where there is a curious balanced rock.  This is an infrared view.

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

Suddenly, a truck unexpectedly thundered along the narrow dirt road.  The sign on the side of the cabin says “Monument Resources Rock Products”.  So maybe getting a load of gravel for a road.  This may look like a normal image but actually it’s infrared.  You can get the colours to do all sorts of things.

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

Conversely, here is Indian Hat in natural colours.

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

Now this one looks more like infrared, also beside Indian Head.  I have been separating out the infrared images in separate posts but there are only a few this time.

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

Here it is.  Monument Valley.  John Wayne.  Stagecoach.  Navajo land.

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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 .

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

The mesas are from Permian era sandstone, originally deposited from sand dunes, eroded away over a long period of time to leave what you see.  The very top of the “monuments” are capped by triassic rocks, which would imply that the rocks between Permian and Triassic times eroded away.  However, it’s not as simple as just erosion because the whole Colorado Plateau was uplifted between 70 million and 40 million years ago, originally from sea level to 5,000 metres above.

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

The shadows are lengthening.  in this case the shadows of other members of the group.

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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

And now the light’s getting quite low.

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

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

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

There was a sun there, but now it’s gone.

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Mesa Arch and Delicate Arch (Mono)

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

Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Some of these images are monochrome conversions of previously posted colour images and others are mono conversions of infrared images from the next post.  This first one is a conversion of a colour image at Mesa Arch from the previous post.

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

This one and the next one are conversions of infrared images at Mesa Arch.

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

This one and the next two are mono conversions of infrared images, walking back to the carpark from Mesa Arch.

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

From this image on, these are conversions of colour images of the trip into Delicate Arch.

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Black and White, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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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The Windows (Mono)

The Windows, Arches National Park, Utah, USA, 25th October 2014.

Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah

Images of The Windows, this time in Monochrome.  Some of them are conversions of colour images from the previous post; others are conversions of infrared images I have not yet posted.

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arches National Park, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, The Windows, Travel, USA, Utah .

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