I have not posted anything for awhile but I've been following along where time permitted. Last month we took advantage of our National Park pass and broke it in at Canyonlands Island in the Sky, where I had been before, and a first visit to the Needles District. The drive into the Needles was some of the best scenery I have ever seen.
One stop that I will never forget was the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Island in the Sky. After seeing so many photos of this icon I was thrilled at the oppurtunity to try my hand. There were about a dozen photographers there that Monday morning, and it was a fantastic experience-
It was EZ to find the arch, only a half mile or so from the main road thru the park- we scoped it out in the daylight the day before. It is truly a magical spot-you can feel the timeless majesty thru to your bones when you are there.
Next shot is from an obscure overlook outside of the park,
known as the Needles overlook. It was so high up that my girlfriend had vertigo- about an hours drive, paved road, from the main drag.
Very high winds created a haze , but I was able to get a few keepers that late evening.
This one is again from the Island in the Sky,
I am very happy with that shot. My companion thought this was the best-
It was the Mesa Arch vista without the arch or the sunrise- the colors were actually that rich - late afternoon.
We have since then been also to Mexico diving, where I experienced every possible malfunction and breakdown possible to a photographer known to man for one trip- only shot about 4 gigs with a couple to keep. Oh well.
And we were in Lake Powell for the Memorial weekend- I'll try to post some of these later on.
Next trip= Grand Canyon North Rim in July, with probable stops in Bryce and Zions. I have great hopes for these excursions, as well as Yellowstone late this summer as well.
I am loving my Park Pass!
Marty Everhard in Salt Lake City,
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