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    Posted: 10 October 2023 at 03:09
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, United States is a bit of a rare place in that it has what are called "hoodoos". These are spires of harder rock and minerals that are left standing as the softer rock around them erode faster.

The main feature of the park is a large-ish cauldron or bowl shaped canyon, sometimes called "The amphitheater" due to its shape, with stacks of hoodoos pretty closely packed to each other.

The hoodoos are mostly various hues of red/orange mixed with lighter shades of gray/ash towards the top.

Most viewers (if not all) are probably already aware of this place so I'll stop with the description and move onto the pictures.
Four of us took a hike to the bottom and back to the top, say 4 miles or about 6.4 Km in about 3 hrs or so.

1. The amphitheater. This photo needs to be viewed at a much larger size to appreciated the detail. In here it seems to be a bit crowded. This is the "wow" spot where you'd get an excellent view of the place.


2. "Foreground anchor" to make the purists happy.


3. Gradations of color.


4. Trying to get the WB right in post gave me an 80s kind of result with harsh light.


5. A smaller slice of the canyon.


6. Hiking at the hoodoos.
The background also forms part of the same geological region but this one particular spot has the high density collection of hoodoo stacks.


7. Windows in the walls.


8. Did I happen to mention the place is full of hoodoos?


9. Geological strata.
This place was the bottom of a sea several million years ago and all sorts of mixtures of silt, sand, rock, and minerals etc got dumped here. The uneven mixture got pushed up and ended up eroding unevenly, giving rise to these interesting looking structures.


10. Hoodoos into the distance.


11. My buddies insisted on getting a picture taken so I obliged them.


12. Framed by nature.


13. Hanging on by fingernails.
It's quite an arid place given the soft nature of the soil, it erodes easily. This trees roots are all exposed after the top layer seems to have washed off, to be carried away by water downstream.


14. Crimson walls.


15. Hikers climbing the switchbacks out of the canyon floor.
Last time I got a similar shot but the sun was beating downs straight. I like this shot better due to the softer light and also how it's strongly tinged by reflecting off the red walls.


16. Hikers (to the bottom right) in wonderland.


17. One in grey scale (because I was itching to; not that I'm satisfied with the result).
Late afternoon light.


18. Window with a view.
I was about to shoot this view as framed when this woman walked ahead of me and paused to enjoy the view.



19. Another framed shot.


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Great you take us with you on this trip. Love #6, also that you included people in #15. TFS Sashi
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I know some people think Bryce is over photographed - it is not, it is wonderful. Lovely set, TFS!
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Hi Sashi,

A great series and this looks a lot like you travelled the 'Peek-a-boo' trail perhaps? Whatever, it gives a great overall feel for the location and shows it's greatest assets - those hoodoos and the terrific geological formations throughout the area.

You also mentioned something which has not exactly bothered me over the years we've visited there, but certainly has puzzled me and that is the significant changes in colours and tones one gets almost on a minute by minute basis , and certainly when comparing wide vistas with close up views. This is most clearly seen between #'s 6 and 8, 12 and 16 where the geology is very similar but the direction of the sun I assume leads to a 'bleaching' of the colours. And yes; it's a nightmare to deal with with WB!

Of them all, I am most drawn to #'s 3, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 18 - a lot, I know; but I like the place a lot!

Well done for doing it justice and happy to always see more of this wonderful location.

Thanks and best regards, Neil.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I know some people think Bryce is over photographed - it is not, it is wonderful. Lovely set, TFS!


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Michel, thanks. Hope you did notice there are people in #6 as well on the hiking path.

Addy, Bryce is such a popular spot I'm sure it's a good bit over photographed but that never stops me from giving it a shot myself.

My, my, Neil! Did you live at Bryce for some time? Yes, it was the peek-a-boo trail indeed.
You're right about the varying colors and the sun's gradient. This is my fourth or so trip and there are always changes in shots. Sometimes subtle and sometimes quite stark. Because of all the scattered light, it's tough to get a good WB reading. I noticed the same phenomenon in deep woods where the excess of verdant makes every shot come out tinted in green.
I'm glad I've given you a good number of shots to enjoy. Gives me joy to see that someone else has relished my pics.

Thanks, Harm.

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nice set. well captured. #3,7 are tied for personal favorites.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 October 2023 at 14:39
Beautiful set, Sashi! Well done!
I've been there many times! Of course Bryce is practically in my back yard. It has to be one of my favorite National Parks. I wonder if I could still make it up and down that steep, narrow canyon trail! I actually entered a few Bryce Canyon photos in the Octoberfest a number of years ago. Would have been with My old KM 7D and the Minolta 28mm f2.0! Did you mention what camera and lens you were using?
I like #s 2 and 4 and 15 the best, but they are all great! Thanks for sharing
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Originally posted by Harm vb Harm vb wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I know some people think Bryce is over photographed - it is not, it is wonderful. Lovely set, TFS!


+1!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2023 at 16:05
Glad you like the set, Lee.

Kelly, SLC is a nice little place. I was a summer intern there in the late 90s and it's a different part of the US. You're quite well placed to enjoy all the good stuff Utah has to offer for a nature lover, photographer, outdoorsman etc.
It would certainly be fun to try it once again for yourself, but do make sure you train a bit as needed and be careful.

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Hi Sashi,

Peek-a-boo trail? Once trodden; never forgotten! I just have a very good memory for places like this....

Tale care on your travels and best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 October 2023 at 12:54
Yes, SLC, and Utah in General is different, for sure! We are not originally from Utah. Relocated here from Germany. The dry climate, mountains, skiing and fantastic landscapes and National Parks were what attracted me. My German wife didn't feel the same at first. That "different part of the US" that you refer to was even more of a culture shock for her at first than other parts of the US might have been. We've always had many friends and family visiting from Germany which has resulted in more visits to Bryce, Arches, Yellowstone and other parks than we otherwise might have made. Unfortunately since then, SLC and those parks have become much more crowded than they once were!

I don't remember,exactly, but I think that steep narrow canyon trail is part of the Navajo Loop Trail As I recall it was a challenge for me way back when! I wonder if anyone else marveled at those trees growing out of the rock in that canyon? Incredible that they can survive with little light and probably little water as well. But then the whole park is a marvel! I've visited Bryce in Winter when there was so much snow and ice, those trails were not accessible for the average person -- and it was so cold! But perhaps even more spectacular when the landscape was snow covered.
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