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Come to a photographer’s paradise – Utah and Arizona

The US West might not be as wild as it once was, but it’s still got some of the most dramatic scenery on earth. For any photographer interested in landscape this is right at the top of the bucket list. The views here are breathtaking, indeed awesome, in the true sense of the word…

Horseshow bend

Horseshoe Bend

I’m leading a photographic workshop with Paul Gallagher from Aspect2i to Arizona and Utah later this year (6-15th October). We will travel from the grand vistas of Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, through Zion Park and Bryce Canyon to the hidden gems of Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. A trip from the dramatic to the sublime.

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Monument Valley

 

Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon

 

We will photograph the hoodoos, mesas, buttes, rock formations, the rivers and the valleys. We will have private tours of Mystery Valley to visit the Native American cave dwellings. We will visit the famous slot canyons near Page, but also have a private guide to some of the not so famous slot canyons that the crowds can’t get to.

Lady in the Rock. Lower Antelope Canyon

Lady in the Rock. Lower Antelope Canyon

 

Dried mud, Wirepass Gulch

Dried mud, Wirepass Gulch

 

Sandfall

Sandfall

 

Chief

Chief

 

 

Tree in Zion Park

Tree in Zion Park

 

Dusk in Zion Park

Dusk in Zion Park

 

Bryce Canyon amphitheatre

Bryce Canyon amphitheatre

 

The trip is timed to coincide with the Fall, so we will get the best possible colour in the landscape. The American South West is simply stunning. It’s a photographer’s paradise. If you’re interested and want to know more, then get in contact with me, or look at Aspect2i’s webpage. I can promise you dramatic photographs and memories to last a life-time (and I can get you a discount on the list price of the tour too!)

One of the Mittens, Monument Valley

One of the Mittens, Monument Valley

 


Burn Forest Burn

Posting about bucolic English countryside is all well and good (check it out: here), but for the opposite of Constable-esque pastoral it’s fun to whizz over to America. These images are from Bryce Canyon. Not the classic views, everyone does those – me too: here – rather these are looking away from the Canyon ridge, back down into the forest. And what a sight. Death and destruction everywhere…

Desolation amongst the trees

Desolation amongst the trees

Ponderosa pine, dead

Ponderosa pine, dead

These images are infra red, converted to black/white. They become punchier, contrastier. Starker. Suits the mood of the wounded forest…

Smashed apart by fire

Burnt

This tree will not recover

No recovery

Starkness

Nothing left

But even though the forest has been scarred by the lightning fires, there is still hope. The fire was in ’09, and slowly the forest is recovering. This is Bryce last autumn. So after 5 years there are new shoots. The forest never gives up, hope springs eternal. The reflectance of foliage in infra red means it goes white – exuberant and new. Rather fitting, I think…

new life

new life


Wind, water, ice, and FIRE

This place is all about colour. Dusk and dawn, the rocks burn in Bryce Canyon, Utah

 

Bryce Canyon at dusk

Bryce Canyon at dusk

 

 

Wind, and constant freeze/thaw weathering have created the amazing rock formations at Bryce. All is jagged teeth and hoodoos. But it’s the minerals in the rocks that create the colour. And when the sun gets low, everything just glows.

 

Dawn at Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon

Dawn at Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon

 

Hoodoo and dead tree

Hoodoo and dead tree

 

This is the US, so nothing is impossible. Even the trees seem to believe that. Take the fir tree below. It’s grown up out of the canyon to a height of 200 feet before it gets anywhere near open sky. That’s an I-can-do-anything attitude. Unbelievable.

How did this tree grow here?

How did this tree grow here?

 

Those are the actual colours of the rock...

Those are the actual colours of the rock…

 

Lust for life

Lust for life

 

A remarkable place. Can’t wait to return – I want to see it in the snow!

 

Bryce amphitheatre - amazing.

Sunset Point – amazing.