Another Early Go at he Arches

This morning Jack and I once again got a very early start. By sunrise we were already at the furthest end of the park. Unfortunately, we still had to hike a good distance to get to the first arch. We underestimated the time it took, so we settled on the first arch we came to called “Pine Tree Arch.” It is a beauty, not quite what we were looking for, but it would have to do. There was only one other person there, so we virtually had the place ourselves.

This is the front side of Pine Tree Arch at sunrise

And this is the back of it. Nice, huh?

We then hiked even further until we came to one of the crowds favorite arches ” Landscape Arch.” We got there just before the tourists started to arrive.

Landscape Arch

We were going to hike even further up the trail, but all of the heavy gear and the early mornings had started to take a toll on us, So instead we slowly headed back to the car. We drove on to Skyline Arch. Thankfully, it was only a short hike to it.

Skyline Arch

Back in the car as we started to get out of the park we made a quick stop at the Couthouse Towers Viewpoint.

 

Courthouse Towers Viewpoint

Exhausted we made it back to our campsite, but instead of a rest for me I had to go do laundry

Today is the first day at Arches National Park

After our marathon day yesterday, we got off to a slow start this morning. I picked Jack up from his campsite at 6:30 am. Sunrise was a little after 7 and we had about an hour drive/hike to reach our first destination, but like they say, everything has a reason. When we reached North Window Arch, we hiked up and through it. Then we turned around and saw that the full moon was just so perfectly framed by the arch. What a treat. And to think, that none of this would have happened if Jacks car had not had problems, or we had not gotten up later, or…..?

North Window Arch with full moon

We spent a good amount of time hiking around the double arches. Kim and I had photographed this last year on our trip to Yellowstone, but can you really ever have too many pictures of a double stone arch with the moon peeking through?

North and South Window Arch

By then, even though it was only 9 am, we were already getting tired. Still we pressed on to hike to Double Arch, and then drove and hiked to two more. By then it was 12:30 and time to make it back to our respective campsites. Tired, but happy with hopefully a few good shots?

Double Arch

 

Sand Dune Arch

PS Sorry that the above image is a little cartoony. I had to use HDR ( high dynamic range) photography to get the Sand Dune Arch looking right. There was just too much contrast in it.

Visiting the back country in Monument Valley

This morning bright and early we met our Navajo guide Tule to take us to the back country. The company Monument Valley Safari was recommended to us by another photographer friend of ours. I was a little worried about such a pricey photo safari, but after we arrived at our first destination I was more than thrilled.

Sunrise over the back country

And then it just kept getting better and better. It was really a great morning to be a photographer.

Arches by morning light

 

Here is our guide for the day Tule

And here is Tile showing Jack just where to get the best angle on a shot

Good day, oh yeah, that was until Jack found that he couldn't put his car window up. So, after a 3 1/2 hour drive, we find ourselves in Moab, Utah. He got his window fixed on a Saturday. Shoot, we'll probably just have to go photograph tomorrow morning in Archs National Park! I better get to bed.