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Mystical Slot Canyon, Kanab - Utah
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Mystical Slot Canyon, Kanab
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Utah Day 9
Natural Bridges: Cedar Mesa
Valley of Gods
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Utah Day 9 Natural Bridges Valley of Gods
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Rt 128, Fisher Towers, La Sal Loop, Delicate Arch
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Utah Day 8 Fisher Towers La Sal Loop Delicate Arch
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CanyonLands, Dead Horse Point, Corona/ Bowtie Arch, 
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Utah Day 7 CanyonLands Day 2
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CanyonLands: Island in the Sky
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Utah Day 6 CanyonLands Day 1
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Moab - Arches National Park
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Utah Day 5 Moab Day 1
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Escalante

Fourth day of our trip and we finally bid adieu to Bryce. After couple of detours we were finally on Scenic Byway 12 which stretches from Zion through Bryce, Escalante and culminating at Torrey.
Passed through Grand Staircase and the sedimentary rock layers were simply "exotic". The scenic route presented zillions of photoops across and we had to stop umpteen times.
A snow storm was brewing, heading south but we beat it as we were travelling north east.
20 miles or so before Torrey, there was this scenic spot where we stopped briefly. The mountain range (can't recall the name), was shimmering in the little sunlight sneaking from behind the ominous clouds. It was eerie but fabulous.
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2015-12-18
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Red Canyon

We covered the Red Canyon on the second day of our Utah trip.
This relatively smaller perimeter of hoodoos has a personality of it's own. The hoodoos are lined across the road instead of an amphitheater. Makes you wonder because of it's close proximity to the more revered Bryce Canyon.

Did manage to climb one of the tallest cliffs but then all of a sudden the heart stated missing beats when I realized there was no marked trail to return. Frantic prayers followed by the sheer will power to not become Vulture fodder made me slide down the lose gravel.

Day pretty much ended with tons of alcohol swabs and a trip to the laundry :)

A little detail about this place from online resources.
"Red Canyon is a section of Utah's Dixie National Forest located along Scenic Byway 12, just 13 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park. Passing through this hoodoo laden section of the forest is required to get to Bryce Canyon from the west.
Red Canyon hoodoos are unique in appearance and organization from those of nearby Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks.
In Red Canyon the numerous red hoodoos line the road instead of filling an amphitheater"
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2015-12-06
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Zion National Park - Utah

So, my start to the 12 day photo expedition kicked off in Zion..
My dear friend George and I flew to Vegas and drove that evening to the wonderful town of Springdale, Utah. The first sunrise shoot was at "Towers of Virgin". Can't say I was totally impressed, but none the less, the first light hitting the mountain, turning it red, was surreal. With wind chill, the temperatures were in their teens (Fahrenheit, negative Celsius) and my hand and toe warmers made their first appearance.
Our next stop was the Court of Patriarchs, followed by Temple of Sinawava, Virgin River, the Big Bend and the day finally culminated at the Watchman. Exciting photo-ops and a lot of bracketed exposures.

Second day of our photo adventure started pretty early. Left the hotel @ 5:15 am to shoot the Canyon Overlook, the biggest amphitheater for the Zion Canyon. Hiking this trail is considered "moderate" which means, you miss a step and, bye bye, in the canyon :) Just kidding...
Anywho, pitch dark, Mt. Carmel highway, hair pin curves, steep roads.. What's not to get terrified ?
The trailhead is right after the first tunnel on the highway, which apparently I missed. Drove right to Mt. Carmel, waited for little light and then drove back.. guess what.. there were 2 other cars who were doing the same. Reached the top just before 7. Mounted the tripod and waited for the gorgeous sun to paint the rocks red, which it did. Terrific scenes all around..

#zion   #utah  
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2015-12-06
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