Desert Tears

My last stop on my Utah trip was Zion National Park. A friend joined me for sunrise at Observation Point. We started our 3+ mile hike at 6am and arrived at the canyon overlook one and a half hours later, about 1/2 hour before sunrise.

Overlooking the Canyon

After sunrise at Observation Point, we headed to the canyons on the eastern side of the park. I didn’t carry much camera gear to allow me to travel lighter. I had one lens and a tripod. To my surprise we stumbled into a wonderful area with a string of small pools of water in the rock. I didn’t realize it until I got home and looked at the photos that the pool below is shaped lake a teardrop.

Desert Tears (Prints Available)
String of Pools
Stone Spots (Prints Available)

Along the way, we found some interesting patterns in the sandstone.

Snoopy and the Dragon

To see more from this visit to Zion National Park, click here.

Back to the Badlands

Here are few remaining photos of the badlands.

This first photo was captured on the day I arrived in Capitol Reef National Park. After shooting photos at sunset, I was on the way back to my hotel. I decided to check out the scene on the Sunset Point trail for a future date. I didn’t expect to take any photos, but I took my camera gear anyway. It was a short walk to the point. The sun was already down and I noticed the red cliffs to the north were glowing in the blue post-sunset light. Another photographer was passing me on the return from the point while I was still on my way. I asked about the vista. He noted that the glowing hills were the main attraction and that we could see that here. I set up my tripod right there and starting shooting until it was dark. The shot below was a 30 second exposure.

Blue Dusk

The next photo was taken at a pull-out on the Norton-Bullfrog Road. I was attracted to these yellow cottonwoods.

Robber’s Roost

The final photo in this collection is a place that I had seen in the photo’s of others. Here is a link to Chance Allred’s award winning photo. To find this place, I had to do a lot of trial-and-error research before leaving home. Once there, I had to figure out which dirt road to follow. And finally I had to walk a little over a mile in the open desert.

Launch of the Spire

To see more from the Capitol Reef National Park and Beyond collection, click here.