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Court of the Patriarchs at Zion in Utah
Court of the Patriarchs in Utah’s Zion National Park 



Those of you who have followed this photoblog know how impressed I was when I visited Utah during my 28-day cross-country trip in September.  This photo is from Zion National Park.  The Court of the Patriarchs is very easy to reach—maybe a 1-2 minutes very easy hike from the road.  

Nikon D200, 18 mm (27 equiv), f 8, 1/250,  1/3 stop overexposed, ISO 400

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Moonrise at Arches

Moonrise at Arches


I arrived at Utah’s Arches National Park later than I planned on September 14 this past year.  Still, I was fortunate to get a lovely moonrise and some gorgeous colors (deepened a bit on Picassa).  I hope to show some daytime shots of Arches, Bryce, and Zion soon.  Utah was fantastic.  I had no idea!

Panasonic Lumix TZ5   f3.4   focal length 30 mm

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Arches National Park's Double Arch in Utah

Arches National Park

This gorgeous double arch at Utah’s Arches National Park was merely a 10-minute hike over medium terrain.  As you can likely tell, I used my circular polarizer to cut glare and haze and to bring out the blue in the sky.
I probably took about 75-100 photos of this double arch, most of them without tourists showing.  I posted this one, however, because I think that the people included (particularly the young lady with arms extended in the lower arch) help to give it a sense of scale.
I don’t mind admitting that it was a bit of a challenge when I decided that I had to experience the feeling of getting way up there inside that arch.  It was quite a climb over solid rock, but I did experience a feeling of triumph, mixed in with trepidation.
When people ask me what was most surprising about my cross-country trip, I often start with mentioning the sheer beauty of those three Utah national parks:  Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Zion national parks.  Stay tuned for some photos from the latter.
Photo info:  Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 VR lens at 18 mm, f 7.0

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