Out in the Desert

I’ve just gotten back from two weeks hiking in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. I have a thousand photos to go through and pick the best, but while I process all the pictures here are a few choice pictures which I shared on instagram while on the road.

Fire wave at Valley of Fire State Park, NV
Snow Canyon State Park, UT
Hoodoos at Bryce National Park, UT
Zion National Park, UT
Angel’s Landing’s chain at Zion
Zion Valley from the top of Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park UT

For these pictures I was experimenting with a newer faster photo editing workflow; still taking the pictures in RAW on my mirrorless camera, then transferring them to my phone to be processed with Lightroom mobile for posting to Instagram. The process worked pretty well, letting me post pictures from my camera almost immediately after the hike, and with almost the same level of post processing as if I were editing on my computer. The major missing feature was lack of support for HDR bracketing which I used a lot in the shadowed canyons of Arizona, so those pictures still need to be processed.

A day with Bryce

The fifth day of the trip consisted mostly of driving in the car, going from Moab in the east of Utah to Zion in the west. We broke up the long drive by stopping in Bryce Canyon National  Park for a bit of hiking.

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Departing early from Moab 

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Those mountains contain retired Uranium mines

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Ohh look, some cows

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This fellow is very close to the road

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Oh my there is a heard of them

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These are clearly British cows

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This is actually average rush hour traffic in Utah (bonus: real cowboys!)

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A little rural village

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We arrive at Bryce Canyon

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Unlike most hikes we will be starting at the top and going down

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These columns of rock are called “hoodoos”

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Our destination is down there somewhere

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Glamour shot

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Getting in among  the hoodoos

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A little tiny arch

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Sunscreen is important

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A part in the rock reveals the canyon below

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This tree is holding on for dear life

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We’re hitting the switchbacks

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Getting further into the canyon

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Lazy people, I mean horse riders

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The TUNNEL!

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This hoodoo is called Queen Victoria

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Rangers will remind you not feed the animals, no matter how cute

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Five planes flying overhead

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Some rock bridges

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The texture created by water running down the rocks is fascinating 

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The only way out is up

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That is a lot of switchbacks

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Justin for scale

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Back at the top

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Looking down at the Queens Garden

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The last look out over the canyon

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Made it to Zion as the sun is setting

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Its amazing how much greener the terrain is here

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Looking out into Zion as the sun sets

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Google’s attempt at a wide angle shot (with several stitching errors)

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To get to our motel we have to go under the mountains

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One last picture of the valley

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Driving through Zion

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Wow