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The Natural Landscape


{Photography.22.2262}: Tom Coleman {tomcoleman} Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:33:39 EDT (HTML)



{Photography.22.2263}: Coyote {coyote} Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:12:34 EDT (1 line)

Those are stupendous! What a sight to behold!


{Photography.22.2264}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:05:50 EDT (HTML)

It won't fit in a camera!

My favorite day trip for first time visitors is to take the Cisco exit on I-70 and follow the Colorado River down to Moab. We stop at Fisher Towers and hike a bit for those who are inclined. From Moab, just to the north we drive into Arches National Park for a visit to a few of the more spectacular spans. Then a little further to the north and we head for the Island In The Sky portion of Canyonlands National Park. But instead of going into the N.P. we turn south to Dead Horse State Park.

It is truly the most concentrated, spectacular viewing I have seen. 300+ degrees. I have overheard others who had just traveled from the Grand Canyon saying Dead Horse Point was better. It is not. Just different. It is world class!


{Photography.22.2265}: TJ {tj2} Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:34:24 EDT (HTML)

An amazing area. I can't hike the way I once did, and am pretty much limited to the overlooks and easy, short trails. There are Jeep tours you can take, but the Missus would never survive the bumpy ride. I may do that on my own some day.

We camped at the Kayenta campground in Dead Horse Point State Park for a week, and made the short drive to the point overlook several times. Just up the road a few miles is Canyonlands Island in the Sky, and 30 miles south, give or take, is Arches. We spent a couple days seeing each one. We think Arches is the more impressive of the two national parks scenery wise, but Canyonlands has it's moments too. I have been twice, but I never made the drive to the Needles or Maze portions of Canyonlands.

Looking through Mesa Arch at Canyonlands, with the Lasal Mountains in the background.



{Photography.22.2266}: TJ {tj2} Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:41:34 EDT (HTML)

Landsacpe Arch, Arches National Park,

Landscape Arch, Arches National Park.


{Photography.22.2267}: Sony Cybershot HX-20V {kitty} Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:28:40 EDT (HTML)



{Photography.22.2268}: Coyote {coyote} Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:27:51 EDT (1 line)

Truly amazing formations. Kinda boggles the mind.


{Photography.22.2269}: Tom Coleman {tomcoleman} Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:52:58 EDT (HTML)

The last one looks so delicate! OK, now I want to go back to Utah. We saw Zion and Bryce Canyon- amazing! But your photos spark a renewed interest, TJ.


{Photography.22.2270}: TJ {tj2} Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:31:44 EDT (HTML)

Thanks Tom. This was probably my last trip there. I can't hike the long distances I once could and I am limited to easier trails of maybe less than 2 miles round trip, which means pretty much seeing what everyone else sees. When I go to the overlooks, I like to see where most people are shooting from and find a different spot, but that's not always possible.

There is actually another arch at Arches NP called "Delicate Arch." There are two ways to see it; you can take a short hike and look at it across a canyon, or a longer one and walk right up under it. We opted for the short hike and a long lens. I'll post one of them later. Landscape Arch is indeed fragile and after a potion of it collapsed years ago, they restricted access. You can no longer go up under the arch, but must view it from an observation deck several hundred yards away.

This is from the Island In The Sky portion of Canyonlands.



{Photography.22.2271}: TJ {tj2} Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:46:37 EDT (4 lines)

This is Delicate Arch. We were there on a very gray, overcast day as
you can see from the blown-out white sky. I haven't put any of these
on Flickr yet as I intend to Photoshop some better looking skies into
a couple of them. I have to go out and take some sky pictures...


{Photography.22.2272}: Donald Dozier {donaldpd} Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:55:49 EDT (2 lines)

No help needed, Terry.  I've always heard "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
They look great.


{Photography.22.2273}: Coyote {coyote} Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:37:36 EDT (HTML)

I can understand why you'd want to insert some blue sky, but I like the uniqueness of the white sky in your Delicate Arch photo. I've never seen it photographed that way.

With the blown out sky, it lends itself to black & white. I had some fun and 'spooky-fied' it ('tis the season) to make it look like an alien planet.

Attachment: TJsDelicateArchB+W.jpg (70K)


{Photography.22.2274}: Coyote {coyote} Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:39:17 EDT (3 lines)

Oops, there should have been some more words underneath that photo:

You may prefer a more traditional Ansel Adams treatment. Or not.


{Photography.22.2275}: Donald Dozier {donaldpd} Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:19:02 EDT (1 line)

Last person on the right is Rod Serling.


{Photography.22.2276}: annie {oceanannie} Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:43:01 EDT (HTML)

tweedle tweedle tweedle - but what a marvellous formation.


{Photography.22.2277}: Steve Lacey {masked} Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:39:35 EDT (2 lines)

Snow and fog over a small lake just west of town yesterday. Not a
black and white photo, either--full colour!


{Photography.22.2278}: Coyote {coyote} Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:05:26 EDT (1 line)

That's really ethereal. Bonus points for the reflection!


{Photography.22.2279}: annie {oceanannie} Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:27:15 EDT (HTML)

My thoughts too, Steve, Coyote has it right.


{Photography.22.2280}: TJ {tj2} Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:11:05 EDT (4 lines)


I like that. You even graduated the sky to make it look natural. I
rarely think about b/w but this works for me.


{Photography.22.2281}: Coyote {coyote} Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:21:29 EDT (4 lines)

Oh, good! I'm always afraid of offending someone if I mess with their
photos. I'd love to see you work your magic to turn some of your
photos to black and white. I'm such a novice with PhotoShop, but you
are a genius.


{Photography.22.2282}: Tom Coleman {tomcoleman} Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:24:48 EDT (HTML)

Susquehanna sunset, FT Hunter, Dauphin County, PA


{Photography.22.2283}: annie {oceanannie} Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:58:03 EDT (HTML)

How very beautiful Tom, takes the eye way way out there. Stunning.


{Photography.22.2284}: Coyote {coyote} Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:04:21 EDT (4 lines)

Oh yeah... That's a great example of a "vanishing point" that's so
desirable in art composition. And the hint of bushes/treetops(?) in
the foreground gives it the near/far interest, too. Plus, it's just
plain ol' purdy :-)


{Photography.22.2285}: Tom Coleman {tomcoleman} Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:28:09 EDT (HTML)



{Photography.22.2286}: Tom Coleman {tomcoleman} Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:29:45 EDT (HTML)

The {2273} Coyote alien version is great! I love {2277} as well


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