It's amazing to think that until the original Navajo Bridge opened in 1929, crossing by boat at Lee's Ferry was the only reliable means across the Colorado River for hundreds of miles through Arizona and Utah.
The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona USA
The petrified sand dunes of the Paria Wave are one of the world's great natural wonders. This remote canyon on the border of Utah and Arizona is a visual feast and one of the highlights of the American Southwest. My first visit in the early 90s didn't require a permit, and I had trouble even finding it with the crude GPS of the day!
Over the years the popularity of the Wave has grown exponentially though and in order limit the impact on this delicate area a permit by lottery is now required to visit. Issued by the local BLM office, it provides everything from GPS coordinates to photos along the way (yet people still get lost each year, a reminder that this is wilderness and to come prepared). Once you arrive however, the planning and effort fade away and are quickly replaced with awe as a millenium of light and form spread out beneath your feet.
Eerie View - Canyonlands National Park - Utah Best Viewed Large Another from the trip earlier this year. A chilly, hazy morning near Mesa Arch. The skies didn't cooperate much in providing a brilliant, glowing sunrise. However, the heavy haze, rising fog, and this bare tree made for a interestingly eerie scene.
Photo Notes: Single frame processed in Lightroom, converted to B&W using Nik Silver Efex.
Park Avenue - Arches National Park – Utah Best Viewed Large Early part of the year, a bit before sunset. Single frame image with processed in Lightroom 5 with some additional dodging/burning and tone adjustments done in Photoshop CS
Zion Canyon bidding goodbye to 2014 in its own style !
I clicked this in Zion National Park on the last day of 2014 just before sunset, before clouds rolled in and engulfed the canyon, and a snowstorm ensued that continued all the way upto 10AM the next morning.