Desert Light

This June I traveled to southern Utah to brush up on night/milky way photography. I signed up for two outings with Action Photo Tours and also did a few hikes on my own.

I visited one of my favorite slot canyons. I knew the colors could be beautiful in a slot canyon as light reflects off the walls, but I learned how fickle these fleeting moments can be as I spent the day hiking and observing. I watched as shafts of light trickled down one column of rock, seeming to light it on fire, only to fade away as the sun shifted above.

The Crooked Tunnel
Photographer on the Edge
A Trail of Stars
Hoodoo Towers

It was close to midnight. This next photo is a composite with each of us taking turns getting in the shot. I love how the Milky Way streams through the center of the alcove. It was a beautiful warm desert evening!

Under the Milky Way

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Sage and Sunrise

A few years ago, I hiked up this hilltop near my home and was struck by the abundance and density of these vibrant purple flowers. I had never seen them before and have never since seen so many clustered in one place. I made a note of the time of year – late June and early July. On the following year, I returned around the same time for the same wonderful display. Later that year I returned in the fall (without the flowers) to capture the sunrise. You can see those photos here. Just a few days ago, I returned again, this time to capture the sage and sunrise.

5:52 am – Sunrise
5:53 am – Hilltop Garden
5:54 am – Sun and Sage
Light on Cleveland Sage

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