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All the Way To Tropic

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The amazing structure that is erroneously called Bryce "Canyon" is geological wonderment at its finest. Rather than a canyon, it is a collection of interconnecting amphitheatres forming on the eastern slopes of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, in itself another geologic wonder, whose name comes from the Paiute word for "home of the beavers." As the Paunsaugunt began uplifting 10-20 million years before the present, its eastern slopes began an erosion of the underlying sandstone strata whose dissection led to the extravagant hoodoos of the Claron Formation. To stand along the rim of Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park as the morning light spreads through the silent sentinels of stone below is to witness the Earth's handiwork as it shares the marvels of its domain from the ground beneath my feet all the way to Tropic and beyond. A focal length of 90mm, short telephoto, isolated the hoodoos that were speaking to me. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1.0 second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly lighter-than-medium exposure of what seemed almost pastel in its tonalities.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 07 October 2017 08:46 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Greetings from Little Rock on the final day of a wonderful adventure to Canyon Country with a great group of travelers. As your comments would indicate, you probably love Bryce as much as I do. It is truly magical.
    Hi Bob. It's always good to hear from you. I hope you've been enjoying some great adventures. I appreciate your thoughts on the Southwest for several reasons. The entire region has become a tourist magnet, and while I certainly appreciate tourists, if it continues I'm afraid some sort of regulations will be needed, or we will love the Colorado Plateau to death literally. The difference between the rim of Bryce and being down in the hoodoos is, indeed, palpable. I've been in the park at 2 degrees with a foot of snow, so I suppose that qualifies as "winter," and it is wonderful.
    Hey Donald; as always, it's great to have you with us. Indeed, I share your sense of awe for the rim of Bryce and its interior. Much of the time I was there, I simply stood with my mouth open. I hope you are doing well and looking forward to a beautiful fall in the Midwest.
    Hi Michael. Your descriptions are, as always, poignant and perceptive. The different "feels" are so apparent from the moment you start down the Navajo Loop Trail; you experience instant insignificance and more wonderment than you could imagine. Walk in Beauty, my friend.
    Hey Nancy T. Your description of this Image left me smiling out loud. Lines and shapes do indeed abound here, and the cant of the different lines adds its own level of meaning and emotion. You describe exactly the feeling I had in creating the vertical format: hoodoos that seem to go on forever. I'm looking forward to having lunch with you today.
    Hey Ben. Thanks for joining us and for your kind and thoughtful comments. I have photographed Bryce on quite a few occasions and always come away with the feeling that I have touched something sacred. I appreciate your adding that perspective to our conversation.
    Thanks, again, Everyone. Sharing Bryce with folks who feel its beauty and wonder is a special treat for me. Your words give me an even greater appreciation for the beauty we share.

  • Comment Link Ben Humphrey Monday, 02 October 2017 16:08 posted by Ben Humphrey

    I particularly appreciate the depth perspective starting in the foreground with "who do?"; moving out further to "who did?", and then to the distance of "who done it all". My answer to each of the questions this photo raises for me is "God"!

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Monday, 02 October 2017 08:41 posted by Nancy Tripp

    Amazing YES! Making the image vertical has allowed us to see details in the foreground and still get a feel for the distance and depth. The trees help see how deep it is and add a contrast between the then and now. There are so many lines; each hoodoo is pointing upward and has vertical lines created by the rings that probably represent it's age. Each ring is a story in and of itself. Then there are the zigzag lines of the rows of hoodoos. This could be a poster for persistence! It looks like you guys are having too much fun out west. Keep it up!

  • Comment Link Mike DiStefano Sunday, 01 October 2017 16:24 posted by Mike DiStefano

    Howdy Don, Love Bryce Canyon, been there twice. Totally awesome place of nature and landscapes. And yes, it has two different feels from the top and bottom. Top view makes you feel like your on top of the world, bottom view makes you feel like an ant.
    Love you're vertical format for the hoodoos.

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 01 October 2017 10:59 posted by Donald Newsom

    I agree with Bob Hutson about the value of hiking into Bryce. The view from above is majestic. But getting up close and personal with a hoodoo some 30 years ago left me with an incredible sense of awe.

  • Comment Link Bob Hutson Sunday, 01 October 2017 10:36 posted by Bob Hutson

    I love Bryce too. Last trip I did a fair amount of hiking down in it and it is a totally different feel. Grand canyon can be very crowded these days. I believe it is still the second most visited park about half of GSMNP. You need to visit both Bryce and the Grand Canyon in winter. That is my favorite time there as the fresh snow really sets it off. Snow did not seem to do as much for Moab.

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