I had never heard of Canyonlands in Southern Utah until our daughter, Caitlin and soon to be fiance and husband, Justin traveled there in the late 1990’s. In fact, I had never heard of Arches National Park or even Moab back then. When we traveled through Utah in 2014, we skipped Canyonlands, but this time we wanted to check it out while we were staying in Moab.
What an incredible place- fantastic canyon views and without the crowds of the Grand Canyon!
The above shots were taken through Mesa Arch, reached by a relatively short hike up and down over uneven ground (a challenge for my unstable knees) to reach this stupendous view. This is one of the most visited spots, so getting a view of the arch itself was almost impossible, because of all the tourists. It was almost midday and incredibly hot, but the views were worth the effort to get there.
This cloud photo was taken while we were getting gas right before we got to Moab. I looked up- and wow!
I must admit I haven’t used my camera since I came back from my last trip to Alaska. I first had a major (for me) attack of allergies, which kept me down and out for a couple weeks- and then last week I had an unexpected oral surgery (an infection in an old root canal). I am really looking forward to getting out again with my camera soon-ish!
In the meantime, I have declared it Cloud Week on my blog! I had never traveled much in the Southwest until we moved here- so I am still constantly amazed by the dramatic cloudscapes. Today’s shot from Moab is fairly tame-but I love the simplicity and colors in this early morning sky.
Early morning along the Colorado River
We took a few days to visit southern Utah to meet up with family a few weeks ago- what a beautiful road trip! As we drove along south of Moab we noticed what appeared to be a huge rock Buddha in the distance. The sky was darkening as rain clouds formed ahead, but the “Buddha” sat in a patch of light. I took several shots through the windshield before it disappeared from view.
A little while later we could see that we were approaching the Buddha- or maybe it looked like a huge beehive?
As we drove by, the huge rock seemed to change shape, and no longer looked like a Buddha at all. Maybe a landlocked ship? Or an alien craft? All photos were taken through the car window as we whizzed by.
I woke up way too early this morning and got up to have a play with some images from our Utah trip back in 2014. Last weekend I had been re-editing some Moab shots for class and to possibly use in an upcoming show- so these red cliffs have been in my subconscious waiting to be turned into some photo art just for fun. I have been playing recently with some phone apps (Fragment and Tiny Planets), which take chunks of your photos and re-arrange them, and wanted to see if I could do something similar in Photoshop in a more controlled way. Fun!