Saturday, 12 November 2016 11:08

A Light from Within

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Bryce Canyon (not really a canyon, but rather a collection of natural amphitheaters) adorns the eastern flank of Paunsaugunt Plateau, the penultimate step of the Grand Staircase, in a way that can only be described as iconic; and the typical expression of this amazing fairyland is the creation of an icon, which is wonderful fun to say the least. However, in the very first light of a rising November sun, there are intimate sections of fairyland that seem to glow with their own light from within and seem to demand to stand alone as the intimate landscapes that they are. Several days ago, as I stood watching this drama unfold, I found this glow among a small cluster of hoodoos and it seemed to require that I share it. A focal length of 210mm gave me the angle of view I wanted, medium telephoto. An aperture of f/20 provided depth of field, and a shutter speed of 0.3 seconds at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly lighter-than-medium exposure. The intimacy of fairyland icons shines with its own glow.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:32 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hey Nancy T. and Lou, thank you both very much for joining me. Perhaps Bryce Canyon is too iconic for many folks to appreciate the intimacy of it, but I really do appreciate both of you taking the time to share your thoughts and feelings.
    Nancy T., we are so excited that we'll see you - today! It's been way, way too long. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this Image. The colors were what attracted me as well, and the lines, too. It's interesting that you saw them as vertical. I kept seeing nearly horizontal rows everywhere I looked, and it seemed almost like a parade of hoodoos and sand dunes. Iridescent was the quality of the light that pulled me in and it made the hoodoos seem almost translucent. Thanks for sharing the story as you sensed it.
    Hey, Lou. Thanks very much for your kind words and thoughtful observations. We have arrived home safely after a wonderful adventure. I could not agree with you more: we have our work cut out for us if we are to have any hope of continuing forward into a future that preserves our amazingly beautiful public lands for our grandchildren and the children of our country and planet.
    Thank you, both, again. Your sharing the journey with us has meant much and we appreciate all the kind words you shave shared as we have traveled.

  • Comment Link Lou DAmico Sunday, 13 November 2016 15:53 posted by Lou DAmico

    Don, So many thanks for sharing your incredible journey in such a beautiful and creative way. Todays image is indeed fairyland, a natural fortress glowing from within. the colors and light are so amazing. I too share your thoughts and concerns. We MUST all do everything we can to preserve our natural world and lands such as this.
    Safe travel home, Lou D'Amico

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 13 November 2016 11:42 posted by Nancy Tripp

    This does look like a fairyland the warm orange trimmed in white with sprinkles of green is so inviting. So many vertical lines and family clusters of hoodoos out for a Sunday outing. Thanks for sharing. I ma looking forward to seeing you guys next week.

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