The Magic of Moonscapes

Photographers are a special kind of crazy.  We willingly look ridiculous to get the right angles for a shot, we spend impossible hours deleting stray hairs from an image, and we completely disregard our own safety for the sake of an epic image.

We can also keep the strangest hours.

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Delicate Arch

Ok, folks, here it is… our very last arch!  You didn’t think I’d run out of arches to talk about, did you?

We were having so much fun playing around Devil’s Garden that we had to actually rush a bit to get down to Delicate Arch before the started to rain again.  The morning had been so beautiful.. why did the rain come back?

But Delicate Arch was an absolute must for us, so we weren’t going to miss it!

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Landscape Arch

I know I promised the amazing story of our third day in Arches last week, but I’m afraid I have one more post for you before I get to that.

I also previously promised some panoramas of our stunning sunrise at Landscape Arch, and this is the promise I get to fulfill this week!

As you already know, it took us three days to finally get our sunrise in Arches, and it was worth the wait.  What I didn’t know is it would likewise take three tries at my computer to get just the right panorama out of that day.

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Arches: The Second Pass

Much of our second day in Arches was spent getting lost in the Fiery Furnace (what an incredible place!  I encourage you to read all about that adventure here), but we had more park to explore!  Besides, we were excited to share some of the park’s wonders with Mum.  And our second day in the park was just as rewarding as the first.

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Fiery Furnace

After another fruitless attempt at sunrise, we dove into what would become one of our favorite parts of the park: the Fiery Furnace.

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If you have aspirations of visiting this playground, know that you’ll need a permit – but don’t let that deter you.  Permits were easily acquired (following a brief safety video), inexpensive, and well worth it.  You have two options when diving into the Furnace: self-guided or tour guide-led.

You should know us by now; we opted for the former.

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Canyonlands

Moab is teeming with activities for the adventurous.  Nestled between two major national parks and surrounded by endless desert and an alluring river, it is difficult to get bored.

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I’ve been intrigued by Arches for quite some time, but I wasn’t aware Moab had so much more to offer.  Canyonlands is effectively three distinct parks in itself: The Maze, Needles, and Island in the Sky.  The latter is the most tourist-friendly, and this is where we spent our time. Continue reading

WC: The Greatest Life in the World

I have a pretty awesome life.  At least, I think so.  I am in good health, I am happy with a sweet husband who cares for me, I have two kitties who add tremendous joy to my life, and I have an amazingly supportive family who would stand behind me no matter what I chose for myself.  I have a warm roof in a city I love, I can walk along a beautiful waterfront to a job I enjoy, working with some of the smartest people I know.  I feel successful and financially sound, and I have the freedom to explore my creative hobbies in various parts of the globe.

I recently returned from one such opportunity.  A friend wanted to visit a national park in the wintertime, so he organized a photo trip to Yosemite.  What a blast! Continue reading