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...]

Sunset at Arches National Park, Utah

Turret Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

One place I couldn't miss on my North American adventure was Arches National Park in Utah where there are more than 2,000 natural arches - the greatest concentration in the USA. The arches are made of soft red sandstone. They started out as large rocks which cracked and became slabs known as "fins." Sections of the fins eroded forming "windows" which widened until only the … [Read more...]