April 27, 2016

Photo of the Week - Cloud Ballet Around Balanced Rock

Arches National Park, Utah

Balanced Rock is one of the “must see” formations within Arches National Park. There is a convenient loop trail around the structure, so it can be admired from many angles. The clouds were wispy and beautiful during my visit, providing a soft backdrop and contrast to the textured rock surfaces. The total height of Balanced Rock is about 128 feet. The balanced portion rises 55 feet above the base. It's big!

My schedule ought to settle down for a while once the month of May rolls around on the calendar. I’ll give all of you an update then about progress around my cottage and events in my life. Thank you for continuing to visit my little blog and admiring my photos.

April 20, 2016

Photo of the Week - Sunrise at Mesa Arch

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Serious landscape photographers dream of going to certain iconic locations so that they can capture a scene for their personal portfolio. Mesa Arch is one of those places.

There are many hardships to get the shot. It is a desolate and remote area, about 40 miles outside of Moab, Utah. A dreadfully early alarm is required to get there at sunrise. From the parking lot, there is 0.7-mile hike along a rocky path. The hike is rated as “easy,” but simply walking on a flat, even surface isn’t easy for my tired body and chronically painful knees. And then I had to fight for a tiny spot to rest my tripod, competing with dozens of other photographers in a very restricted space. The panorama that I got was simply potluck.

Once the sun rose above the horizon, the arch ceiling turned crimson from the reflected light. The view through the arch window extended for dozens of miles, ending with the La Sal Mountains in the far distance. It was a beautiful sight to behold!

This was my one and only visit to Mesa Arch. I made it count!

April 13, 2016

Photo of the Week - Smoky Mountain Layers

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

My friend (and sister-in-law), Pris, came down for a visit last week. We had a grand time and celebrated a couple of spring days in the Smokies. And Pris enjoyed a private photo workshop from me!

The mountain ridge layers, seen along Clingmans Dome Road, clearly demonstrate the origin of the park’s name. 

Here is a bonus image, transformed with a painterly effect using Topaz Labs Impression plug-in software. (Be sure to click each photo to see them bigger!)

April 6, 2016

Photo of the Week - Sandstone & Sky

Arches National Park, Utah

There is something downright magical about a southwestern sky that features wispy clouds. Combine the dramatic heavens with rugged geological features made of sandstone, and you automatically get a beautiful composition.

Which do you prefer? The color or black and white version?

March 30, 2016

Photo of the Week - Boulder Sentinel

Potash Road, Moab, Utah

This area outside of Moab is a favorite for rock climbers and photographers. There are even some ancient petroglyphs along the scenic byway. The stark landscape looks like another world. So it isn’t surprising that it has served as a backdrop for movies such as "Planet of the Apes."