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Arches National Park

Marching Men

The Marching Men in the Klondike Bluffs region of Arches

Moab was the first stop on our recent Southwest trip. Moab is an amazing photography town. Two national parks are right next door – Arches National Park is only a few miles outside of town; Canyonlands National Park is a short drive further. But there is much to see and photograph outside the parks as well. I’ve been to Moab perhaps five times and have not come close to seeing it all. This trip, we camped in Arches and I concentrated on photographing places I hadn’t photographed before (including a couple of spots outside the park, like Bowtie Arch).

Because of our schedule, even though we spent three days there, I only had one afternoon golden hour opportunity for photography. Though the weather was good, there was a lot of haze in the air. With those conditions, I decided to pick between making the pilgrimage to Delicate Arch with dozens of other photographic acolytes (which I have photographed before, but only many years ago and in the middle of the day) or hiking in the Klondike Bluffs area – a remote part of the park that I had never been. With the less the haze making less than ideal conditions, I decided on Klondike Bluffs and I was not disappointed. I hiked to Tower Arch, and though part of Tower Arch was in shadow, the photography was good. And besides that, I was the only person on the trail. It was an amazing experience.

While in Arches, I also decided to work on some night photography. Again, the conditions weren’t perfect. As I mentioned, the sky was hazy, and since there was some moonlight (it was a couple of days before first quarter), the skies were not completely dark. But the moonlight did allow me to get some moonlit landscape shots. And since the moon was not close to full, I was still able to get a lot of stars in the shots. Overall, I’m happy with the results.

Enjoy these shots from Arches National Park.

Balanced Rock by Moonlight

Balanced Rock by Moonlight

Klondike Fins

Sandstone fins in the Klondike Bluffs area of Arches

Broken Arch

Broken Arch, in the Devils Garden area. Called “broken” because of the crack in the top of the arch.

Skyline Arch and Stars

Skyline Arch, lit by moonlight, and the Milky Way

Park Avenue Morning

Morning light at the Park Avenue area of Arches

Marching Man

Close up on one of the Marching Men, in the Klondike Bluffs area of Arches

Tree and Fins

More fins in the Klondike Bluffs area

Sandstone and Sky

Sandstone spire in the Devils Garden area

Sandstone Spires

Sandstone spires in the Klondike Bluffs region of Arches

Moonlight at Skyline Arch

Moonlight at Skyline Arch, in the Devils Garden region of Arches

8 responses

  1. If you are ever back in Utah, and want some amazing photos of Freemont, Basket Weaver, and several other tribal writings, let me know. One of my favortie pastimes is finding them in the Emery County desert areas. And I would love to take you on a tour and see the pictures you could get of them.
    I love your work.

    September 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    • I will be back in Utah again, just don’t know when (probably a couple years). I always enjoy finding petroglyphs, so I might take you up on the offer. Thanks!

      September 22, 2014 at 7:14 am

  2. Those are so beautiful! I adore the stars!

    September 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm

  3. A fantastic set, Joseph. I loved Arches and would have enjoyed shooting the night sky. Wonderful job.

    September 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    • Thank you Jane. Shooting at night is always fun. If you are ever up in the Seattle/Tacoma area, let me know and we can go shoot together.

      September 22, 2014 at 7:12 am

  4. Beautiful! Stunning!

    September 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

  5. Duygu Lisa K.

    Reblogged this on Duygu Lisa K. and commented:
    Born to travel!

    September 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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