Burr Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Above is another photo from our April 2013 self-drive adventure in southern Utah. We stopped on a high road switchback to enjoy an aerial view of Long Canyon, which stretches for seven miles. Looking across the canyon from our vantage point was a mesa consisting of stair step ledges.
Tenacious trees and bushes had found niches to grow and thrive. Spring foliage on the cottonwood trees down in the canyon was drenched with backlighting. The green color provided a striking foreground to compliment the Navajo sandstone in the background.
The scene was a happy study of contrasts: big and small trees; vibrant red and green colors; hard and soft surfaces; bright light and shadows. I hope you will look for such contrasts in your photo shoots too!