Monument Valley Tribal Park, Utah

Monument Valley Tribal Park, Utah

You've seen it before. Our last stop in Utah is one of the most famous landscapes in the United States. If you're a John Wayne fan, you saw it in the 1939 film "Stagecoach". If that was a little before your time, perhaps you saw it in "Easy Rider", "2001: A Space Odyssey" or "Thelma and Louise". What about "Forrest Gump?" Remember when Forrest suddenly stopped running? It … [Read more...]

While in Utah, don’t miss the State Parks

Gooseneck State Park, Utah

With five National Parks in close proximity in Utah, it might be easy to pass by the equally beautiful state parks, which are perhaps even more unique than the National Parks. After we visited Zion and Bryce National Parks, we stopped at Kodachrome Basin State Park named after the vibrant colors of the now discontinued film. From there we moved on to Capitol Reef National … [Read more...]

Does the world really need another image of Mesa Arch?

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

I almost didn't go. I mean, I've seen a lot of arches (and so have you by now!). Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, has to the be the most overly photographed place in the USA. Of course, there is a reason for that, it looks amazing at sunrise when the bottom of the arch glows red just as the sun breaks the horizon. I've seen it a gazillion times before, just … [Read more...]

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

One of my favourite spots in Utah is Goblin Valley State Park where the hoodoos look like playful goblins. Located in the middle of the San Rafael Desert, about two and a half hours drive west of Moab, the valley was formed by the same forces of nature that caused the variety of rock formations I have been showing on the blog lately: inland sea, wind and … [Read more...]

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Delicate Arch is the most photographed of the 2,000 arches in Arches National Park, Utah. It seems to be a right of passage to hike the 1.5 mile trail that gains 500 feet in elevation to watch the sun's last rays on the arch at the end of the day. Ya, I didn't do that though. I just didn't have the energy that day, and there were so many people, so instead I went to the … [Read more...]

Turret Arch

Turret Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Today's photograph is a high dynamic range image of Turret Arch at Arches National Park in Utah. I made this image by combining three exposures in Photomatix. Please click the image to view a larger version. In post processing I used the "color stylizer" filter in Nik Color Efex Pro to desaturate the colours and add a sepia tone. Maybe I have been seeing too much red … [Read more...]

OMG a Double Arch! What does it meeeeean???

Double Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

I still cannot get that half crazed double rainbow guy out of my head. (If you don't know what I'm talking about just search on YouTube, you'll find it.) It was all I could do to restrain myself from yelling out "Oh my god, oh my god, it's a double arch, what does it meeeeean???" when I saw this double arch at Arches National Park in Utah. I mean it would have totally echoed … [Read more...]

Balanced Rock at Arches National Park

Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Utah

I'm back to the icons again. I can't help myself. I know it's been done but icons are icons for a reason. When you visit Arches National Park in Utah you just can't go home without an image of balanced rock. The first time I passed balanced rock along the scenic drive it was fairly early in the evening, around 5:30pm, so the light was still harsh. But there were a few clouds … [Read more...]