Weekly Photo Challenge – Saturated

Grand View Point, Canyonlands National Park

Grand View Point, Canyonlands National Park

Saturated with color. That’s our challenge for this week. I chose a shot of Canyonlands National Park from Grand View Point at the southern tip of the Islands in the Sky District. Rain falls on the Needles District to the south and east while innumerable canyons absorb sunlight reflecting the many colors of the light spectrum.

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Corona Arch

Corona Arch, Moab, Utah

Corona Arch, Moab, Utah

On this day, Becky and I decided to do a hike together while Peter worked in the condo (his choice). One of the most beautiful arches in the Moab area, Corona Arch stands proud in BLM (Bureau of Land Management) territory. A hike of about two miles took us to this marvelous sight. It’s a challenging hike. To get here, we climbed up a steep rock containing small hand and foot holds carved into its side as well as a short crawl across a tilted surface whose edge dropped several hundred feet. Then we climbed up a short ladder, through a small crevice and onto this plateau…well worth it for this view!

Weekly Photo Challenge – From Lines to Patterns

I love how the Weekly Photo Challenge works! So often, as I wait on Friday morning to learn what it will be, I’m amazed when that email comes through and I have been working on the perfect shot that very day! I spent this morning processing the HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging) photos I took during our recent visit to Sego Canyon near Moab, Utah. This remarkable location contains rock art from three different cultures all in the same group of canyon walls. So what better way to interpret “From Lines to Patterns” than to share some of my shots of this beautiful and ancient creativity!

This photo shows the artwork of the Ute culture believed to be 200-300 years old. This panel contains images of hunters, horses and shields painted on the rock face.

Ute Hunting Scene - Sego Canyon, Utah

Ute Hunting Scene – Sego Canyon, Utah

This shot shows two cultures colliding on the same wall. The white figures come from the Fremont Culture who inhabited the Utah area from about 700-1300 c.e. Called petroglyphs, these were scratched into the rock. The red figures behind and above them come from the Barrier Canyon Culture. Radiocarbon dating has placed them to have been painted as early as 7000 b.c.e.!

Fremont and Barrier Canyon Figures

Fremont and Barrier Canyon Figures

Finally, these Barrier Canyon figures stand tall on their own rock panel – pictographs painted by humans (or maybe aliens?) seven to nine thousand years ago. From lines to patterns – ancient cultures left their marks for us to ponder…

Barrier Canyon Figures

Barrier Canyon Figures

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside (The Fiery Furnace)

The Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park

The Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park

During my most recent adventure to Moab, Utah, I had the opportunity to do a fabulous hike in Arches National Park. As one might guess from its name, Arches contains many natural red rock arches. In addition, the park sports other geologic features unique to the region. We hiked the Fiery Furnace with our guide – Park Ranger Allison.

A huge collection of rock spires, fins, arches and crevices, the Fiery Furnace is a natural maze where those who enter had better know it well or go with a guide. For those who do enter without a guide, the National Park Service requires a permit. It’s very easy to get lost in the Fiery Furnace. During our hike, we scrambled up slick rock, jumped over crevices, crawled through cracks, slid down rocks and had a grand old time! The shot above shows an outsider’s view of the Fiery Furnace. The shot below shows members of our group hiking through spires. Can you guess where The Fiery Furnace gets its name?

Inside the Fiery Furnace

Inside the Fiery Furnace

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual POV 2

Steinway in the Grotto

Steinway in the Grotto

I just wanted to share a shot of the Steinway IN the Grotto from my previous post, just to prove to you that they do carry the piano into this wilderness place for the concert!

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