View 299: Three National Parks

I have enjoyed visiting three United States National Parks over the last week.  They are the Grand Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands.  Each one featured unique geological formations which bring people from all over the world to see and photograph. I will have more details later about each park.  This week, since I am sitting in a McDonald’s using their Wi-Fi, I will only post a photo from each park.

The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona was very, very windy.  I was lucky to get an HDR set of photos in during a short break in the gusts of wind.  Lucky, too, there were nice fluffy clouds in the sky.  The previous two days was clear blue skies with no clouds.  The clouds really added to the grandeur of the canyon.

Pinyon Pine tree growing on the canyon rim at Yaki Point at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

Pinyon Pine tree growing on the canyon rim at Yaki Point at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/22, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 38mm focal length, HDR image.

Arches National Park near Moab, Utah had those cloudless blue skies.  The color of the rock formations complemented those skies very well. The park has 2,000 arches inside it’s borders with many having easy access to visitors as you can see below.  The people give you a good idea how big these arches are.

The North and South Window Arches in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

The North and South Window Arches in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The North is on the left.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 40mm focal length, polarizer.

Canyonlands National Park is also near Moab, Utah and much bigger than Arches encompassing 527 square miles of rugged and picturesque canyons and rock formations. This view is from the Green River Overlook showing how the Green River has carved out a canyon into the landscape.

Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah.

Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/16, ISO 320, EV 0, 35mm focal length, polarizer.

That’s it from MickeyDs in beautiful downtown Moab, Utah!

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4 Responses to View 299: Three National Parks

  1. Barbara says:

    Sounds like an amazing trip! I especially love your picture of the Grand Canyon. What a great way to celebrate your anniversary.

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  2. Robin says:

    These are gorgeous, Scott. Sounds like a wonderful trip. :)

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