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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Southwestern Desert

The last week in August I participated in a photo safari (workshop) in the southwestern desert. It felt like a safari because we had to use 4-wheel drive vehicles to get to our locations. The landscape was the subject, not animals. We went to a few different locations. We used dim lights to illuminate the landscape at night. The first stop was a place called White Pocket in northern Arizona, where we camped after taking photographs past midnight.

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Alone on a Stone: A lonely tree sits under the Milky Way, contemplating the celestial journey. To the right, peaceful Jupiter looks on.
Inchworm Arch in Utah

On the final day of the workshop we went to a short but scenic slot canyon near Kanab, Utah.

I loved wandering in the slot canyon and finding photo opportunities. My tripod was set up so I just jumped into this shot.

On the way home, I stopped in Zion National Park.

Three trees perched high on a slick rock ledge in Zion National Park.