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    Posted: 09 March 2019 at 20:22
Hi Everyone,

We turn now to Day 11. This turned out to be, on reflection, the most challenging day-time image taking I experienced. Moab has, generally, two principle National Parks to visit whilst you are there (there are other gems to be found - more of which on another thread). These are Arches - which you've seen images from already, and Canyonlands, which is the focus of this days activity.

Now. Canyonlands is a truly massive area - as many will know it is split into two areas and we concentrated for this day on the main tourist area, otherwise known as "The Island in the Sky". This is an expansive, desolate place and whilst there are trails to take you into the heart of the park, they are generally long and many require permits (which is beyond our scope to be honest). There are also a number of off-road trails for 4WD vehicles that take overnight visitors out deep into the park; these must be magical routes indeed.

So, the following are a selection of what we found on the day - perhaps not the most inspiring nor engaging location but it is still somewhere I am glad we managed to see once on our lives:

1. From The Grand View Overlook Trailhead



2. Butte and Wilderness

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3. "Tree Line"



4. Distant Butte



5. Butte Panorama



6. Life On The Edge



7. Earth Split



8. Mesa Arch



9. "Mesa Arch and CPL"



10. View Through the Arch



11. Above The Arch



12. Canyonlands and Colorado (watch this space as well....)



13. A Canyonlands Monochrome



14. Shafer trail Road



This is one of the principle 'Cross Country Trails' for 4WD vehicles - these are off on a 48 hr journey across the park

15. Shafer Valley



As an aside,, many of what look like trails you see (especially in the early images) are not, in fact, active trails nor off-road tracks; these are the residual tracks remaining from the days of the Uranium mining that was undertaken in the area in the 1950's and 60's and which, due to the relatively stable weather and overall climactic conditions, remain almost undisturbed. It's fascinating to stand at the grand Overlook and see these wandering into the beyond then realizing that people once worked in those conditions all those years ago.

As always, thank you for looking and comments are always welcomed and positively encouraged!

Best regards, Neil.
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Superb images, Neil!

The landscape is amazing - and I would say: even overwhelming! I think it's no easy task to work it into photographs, so my admiration for that: You did a great job.

In Europe, geological formations and erosion are usually not as visible as here - and not providing any comparably vast vistas. I wonder what that does to you when you view it - seeing processes that stretch over millions of years right before your eyes. We are so used to live in the present.

My favorites are #4 and particularly #7. #12 and #13 are also most fascinating in my eyes. The processing as B/Ws is challenging but also an invaluable opportunity!

TFS and all the best!
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Neil,

Did you ever tire of these landscapes? Even though I spent a month with my oldest son in these areas many years ago your images look, truly, other worldly, almost like trying to understand infinity - you can't. Another iconic arch rendered differently than the norm, always a great thing to try. I really like #11 because of your thinking outside the box (i.e., who goes to Mesa Arch to not shoot the arch?). We did not go to the Needles area and I think you have hinted to the possibility that you went there; hope so, would love to see how different it is.

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Your gear certainly made many hours here. The result is an amazing series. It is sometimes hard to scale the scenes, but it must be huge. Love #6 but also the last b&w works surprisingly well. TFS Neil .
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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

Hi Everyone,

Now. Canyonlands is a truly massive area - as many will know it is split into two areas and we concentrated for this day on the main tourist area, otherwise known as "The Island in the Sky". This is an expansive, desolate place and whilst there are trails to take you into the heart of the park,

So, the following are a selection of what we found on the day - perhaps not the most inspiring nor engaging location but it is still somewhere I am glad we managed to see once on our lives:

It's fascinating to stand at the grand Overlook
As always, thank you for looking and comments are always welcomed and positively encouraged!
Best regards, Neil.


Hello Neil;
Great trip, great photos, you said:

"So, the following are a selection of what we found on the day - perhaps not the most inspiring nor engaging location but it is still somewhere I am glad we managed to see once on our lives:"

Being a wide open spaces, Grandiose views guy, which I think is what the West is all about. These CanyonLand photos are the first that I said, I really want to go see this place.
Just goes to show as we say over here "Different strokes for different folks"
As I noted,I'm going back out to Monument Valley, this spring to get some photos I missed this last fall and am now desperately trying to figure a way to incorporate the CanyonLands (not so much the Arches).

From reading what you said, the place I should go is the main tourist area like "The Island in the Sky"
Just the name of the place has my heart beating faster!

# 2 and 4 to me are fabulous and what I want to see and breath the air and contemplate how great Nature is!
#6 just blows me away, to see all the countless rock strata looking almost like lake ripples
#7 also w its huge crevasse, just unbelievable

One thought; in a colorful place like this I'm not sure B&W work as well as color but may help to break up a sequence.

I've caught glimpses of this place before when I drove across southern Utah and stayed in Green River (the town). Even off the hwy and stopping at vista points, I thought to myself this is like being in 10 Grand Canyons! also, the best word to describe the place was "raw". This was stark nature in its most raw form.
You cross over into Colorado and its much the same landscape, but more grown over, little more weathered, still great colors, more accentuated towards gold than red/orange   

Neil great pics, great trip w the accompanying stories and details. Thanks for setting me off on a whole new adventure. I didn't know the place was that magnificent, but than again you have now been to places probably 95% of Americans have zero knowledge of. Good for You    
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Thanks all for the kind words and comments - you are too kind!

Harald - overwhelming is a good word for some of the vistas we saw at this location; the way it stretches out before you is difficult to comprehend and it must be even more wonderful in really good, clean conditions (such as a crisp winters day...)

Roger - Did I or do I ever tire of these vistas? Not a bit of it! Perhaps I still have that small child's sense of wonder in me when I see this before me. As for thinking out of the box- I was once accused by my then manager of 'thinking outside the box' to answer problems set before me - what was that Einstein (I think) said about repeating the same process in the vain hope things would turn out differently...? And, unfortunately, we did not get to visit the Needles area (always leave wanting to see more and go back I guess). We did manage some other wonderful places though....

Coast (Joseph) - If you are going back to Monument Valley then I would also advise to go to Valley of the Gods just 'up the road' past Mexican Hat then turn left and head past Goosenecks and towards Moki Dugway - it is a fabulous place and so much less populated than Monument. As for B&W from this area, I hope to make you question that statement shortly!

Thanks again all and a few more days to come...

Oh - and what I should add is that under this heat and dust, the a99 and the two primary lenses (Sigma 24-70 and 12-24) worked faultlessly - the only issue I experienced was the a99 seemingly draining it's battery quicker than I expected which meant I had to adopt some power saving strategy during the stay. It's a real workhorse and I wouldn't be without it at the moment.

Best regards, Neil.
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Hello Neil;
Appreciate you taking the time to offer some very cogent advice
I've gone on you tube looking at vids of these places, there's a great professional one on Canyonlands, "The Island in the Sky". That is a definite.
Others on Valley of Gods. One that drove the "loop". Viewing these it looked like it was far less crowded but the Buttes/ Monuments, looked much more "correct" at Monument Valley, more like you would like to see. I guess thats why the crowds are there. I may pass on the the Valley of Gods. Everything is contingent.


Moki Dugway in these vids looked fabulous, most of the people called it being on the "Edge of the World", can't wait to see your pics of it
I'm going to be in the Purple Bullet, a non 4WD sports car, so I need to stay on paved roads as much as possible. Since some of these vids called the road to Moki "Dangerous Roads of America" "Hell Road" I may have to pass that also, or if possible rent a 4WD something.

I'm going to have to make many decisions on spot. One of the things about "traveling Loose" no commitments, but it does have its hazards.

I won't be going to the Needles part of Canyonlands either it looked way too much like the Goblins. If I went to the Goblins in real life, I'd probably be having Nightmares forever. I'm going to try to do the trip in the "sweet spot" of Spring, off season, still a little "crisp" like you said

you also said: "As for B&W from this area, I hope to make you question that statement shortly!"
in America, some might say: "I'm going to make you Eat your words" ha ha
Always fun Neil _______Joseph
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Wonderful images. It is a special place.
Hopefully you also visited the Needles district. Maybe a hike to the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers?
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Hi All,

I'm afraid I have to disappoint you in that we never did visit the Needles area during our stay - something had to fall off the list and that, I'm afraid, was one of them. Still, always next time I guess....

best regards, Neil.
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