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Apr282011

Bryce Canyon National Park - Bryce Amphitheater

Marked by tall hoodoos, deep red and orange canyons, arches, and waterfalls, Bryce Canyon National Park stands alone as a park with some of the most unique geologic features. Located in Southwest Utah just a 4 1/2 hour drive from Las Vegas or about the same from Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon is one of about a dozen national parks and monuments within a 200 square mile window that places the town of Kanab, Utah in the center of it all as an outdoor and adventure capital.

Lesser visited than nearby Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon is identified by a large natural amphitheater created by what must be hundreds of hoodoos. It offers a variety of lookouts, hiking, camping, and several ranger programs. In the winter, it snows quite a bit as it is at 8,000 feet of elevation and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing become popular.

On my visit, as I drove into the park, about 20 or so deer stood just off the main road feeding on the grass within 15 feet of traffic seemingly oblivious to the human interference with their environment. On my way out of the park that evening, they were still there. I've never encountered that many deer together at one time and I'm sure that encounter won't soon be forgotten.

On the particular afternoon that I intended to capture sunset, I didn't quite get the light that I was hoping for. There was a thick storm system moving in hiding the sun during sunset but there was one moment when the sun quickly peaked through and lit just the canyon. I shot this image in HDR. More images from Bryce to come...



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