four years ago today [2012.11.06]
i woke up at the edge of the grand canyon before dawn. i headed over to another nearby overlook to photograph the sun's rays lighting the canyon as it rose. i then went over to point imperial where i discovered a beautiful view of the canyon. it was filled with fog or smoke from recent fires, and the formations in the canyon seemed to go far off into the distance. before leaving, i went to bright angel point, and found the whole canyon there filled with thick smoke from the fires. i had to wait a little bit to leave the park as the rangers made sure the road out was clear.
on my way to bryce canyon, i headed back to utah and stopped at some rock formations i saw at the side of the road in the dixie national forest. it was nice to find beautiful red rocks on my way to the national park. the landscape of the west was so nice to drive through.. each little bit was unique in its own way. i made it to bryce canyon in the afternoon and quickly explored all the overlooks before the end of the day. there were lots of tourists at some of the spots.. i had seen professional photos of bryce canyon a long time ago and always thought the shots were taken somewhere remote or after a hike, and discovered most of the overlooks were very close to the parking lot with the spectacular views right there. the light was really brilliant and soft after the sun went down.. the colors in the sky and canyon below were magnificent.
i remember thinking of photographing the stars at bryce canyon though i didn't think i would be able to get the angle or shot i wanted from where i would've been able to set up the camera on top of the camper. i know i could've set up a shorter shot without plugging the camera into the camper, though it was getting pretty cold even at sunset, and i don't think i had a jacket or coat with me on the trip. i headed over to grand staircase-escalante national monument instead. it was a dark, bumpy, long, and winding dirt road, sometimes right at the edge of cliffs. early in i encountered water on the road and almost wondered if i should keep going as i’d seen a warning about flooding at the entrance.