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    Posted: 12 February 2019 at 14:02
Hi everyone. So; still in Capitol Reef NP but, for today, we are off on (what we thought) was a slightly more sedate route into the park. First port of call was a trek along the Capitol Gorge trail to 'The Tanks' - these are hollowed out pools of water that have water in them all through the year. They are now considered important eco habitats for this reason and contain some unique organisms that are able to stand the high heat and low water input through the Summer season. They are freely open to the public but are something of a scramble to get to as you will shortly see...

1. Scrub on The Capitol Gorge Trail

2. Petroglyph

3. 1911 Inscription

4. Life in Adversity

5. Towards The Tanks

6. Climbing Up - Trail Below

7. Into 'A Tank'

There are three such 'Tanks' here and this is where I had my only 'issue' in the whole trip; I adjusted the CPL to try and reduce the reflection on the lens and it promptly fell off.... Luckily, it rolled in the right direction and, with a little clambering, I was able to go and reclaim it. I ended up with a very small mark on the face of the lens but, from what I can see so far following this, it has had no detriment to the quality of the images. A very lucky escape....

8. The Dome

9. Black Boulders

10. The Path of Water

11. Slick Rock Layers

12. Sunburst

13. "Isn't Geology Fascinating"

14. Out Of Capitol Gorge

This is a really interesting part of the park and is, for such a remote location, full of history. For nearly 80 years, despite the narrows, CAnyon Gorge was the only reliable transit point for Mormon pioneers seeking to pass through the towering, 100-mile long Waterpocket Fold. Rather surprisingly, it was not until 1962, with the construction of Highway 24, that this rugged route— dubbed the “Blue Dugway” — was closed to vehicle traffic. Historic inscriptions, axle grease, and the odd remains of the old telephone lines certainly give a taste of Mormon pioneer history, while ancient Fremont petroglyphs offer a flavor of life in the Capitol Reef area 1,000 years earlier.

More to come from here in a subsequent post as we then close the visit there.

Thanks for looking through these and comments always welcome.

Best regards,

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I love #10 - leading lines, depth, a three dimensional quality even absent shadows which are usually needed to provide a three dimensional feel.
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Fascinating set again, Neil!

And (again) I can only second what Roger has pointed out: #10 is outstanding!

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