I have reprocessed this photo several times over the years as technology and my digital dark room skills have improved. This is Double-O Arch in Arches National Park. It's on of the more visited locations due to it also being in the opening scenes of an Indiana Jones movie. The scale of this arch is quite impressive, as you can see by the gentleman at the bottom of the scene.
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This view of the Maze district in Canyonlands National Park in Utah is just amazing. Nothing but deep, deep canyons and spires of sandstone as far as the eye can see. Edward Abbey once wrote that from the Island in the Sky, it is possible to look down on the backs of flying crows. This is most definitely the case.
"Water does not resist. Water Flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothin in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does."
- Margaret Atwood
"Utah is Heaven on Earth"
After shooting Mesa Arch, I drove a little bit further down the road to the main over look which marks the end of Island in the Sky. At the bottom of an 800 foot drop, there lies the true beauty of Canyonlands. You can see FOREVER. And part of what you can see is the wonderful work of water on sandstone. Erosion is beautiful. I watched a Jeep slowly drive along the trail. I remember them getting out at one point and walking towards the edge. Oh what fun it would be to experience this. Once you enter this trail, you're committed. There is no turning around. You can only go one way. You also have to sign in at the visitors center so they know you're there. That way if you don't come out, they can send out the rescue team to try and find you. Driving this trail just looks fun, and an incredible life experience. Maybe I should put it on my bucket list?
Arches is unlike any place on Earth. Utah is unlike any place on Earth actually. This is the famous Balanced Rock in Arches. It has been photographed approximately 140 million times since every one and their brother now owns a digital camera. Getting an original composition is difficult, and I image this particular scene from this particular angle has also been photographed by someone else. It's all good though. I don't care.
What I managed to capture is some gorgeous red/blue color contrast in sunset light. We have some foreground elements, and some nice shadows underneath the juniper shrubs. This image makes me feel the desert warmth, and it makes me remember the exact moment I shot it. How I walked around for 30 minutes looking for a foreground that would work. That was the first time I had really made a cognizant effort to search for a pleasing foreground element. I think my patience was rewarded. I love this image. It's one of my favorites from the trip.