As the sharp veneer of sunlight slowly sped across the canyon in front of me, the shadows slowly melted away, revealing in its place a hodgepodge of tall red hoodoos that, outside of Bryce Canyon National Park, would seem rather incongrous. The welcoming rays of the morning sunlight slowly warmed my freezing extremities drawing the pain of cold away from me.

It was then that I could start to revel in the raw beauty of the place, soaking in every little detail of the other-worldly hoodoos, with its multitude of multi-colored layers and deep trenches that seemed to disappear far into the ground. As the line between shadow and light started to reach the delicate fingers of the hoodoos, they started to positively glow as multiple internal reflections brightened up the dark nether reaches of those deep trenches, casting a wonderful red glow so characteristic of the Claron formation in this part of southern Utah.

Those structures, like sentinels of an ancient city, watch the passage of geological time as the winds and waters slowly carve away their nooks and crannies. This surreality often presents great challenges to capturing the intricate details of the undulating hills and the tall vertical lines of the hoodoos that rest upon those hills. I have best tried to capture that inspirational hypnagogic feel in this telephoto exposure, shot from the aptly named Inspiration point at ISO 800, 1/160s at F9

Bryce Canyon National Park
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