Utah Roadtrip

I couldn’t take Chicago any longer, so I ran away for a bit.  To Utah.  It was lovely.

Crossing the mountains in Colorado we were greeted by this sight:

Once out of the mountains most of what we saw was scrubland, and hills.  There is something serene and beautiful about the open empty places that helps heal the wounds city living has inflicted upon me.

Our first stop was in Moab for Arches and Canyonlands national parks.  While the arches in Arches are magnificent, the general landscape was breathtaking and mesmerizing.

OK, I’ll be honest, I didn’t take many photos of the arches themselves, I’ll post the few I did take in the next post.  I was more fascinated by the contrast of the green soil and red rocks to be honest.

The red of the sandstone comes from trace iron oxide (rust) where the greenish tint to certain layers of stone is from uranium.  I kid you not, this is what a park Ranger told me.

Oh, and the dead trees, hopefully by now everyone realizes that I love dead trees, and in the desert they don’t rot away, they stand mummified by the arid heat until wind or fire carries them away.

2 responses

  1. That cloud is mesmerizing… congratulations on not shooting it until your SD cards were full, and managing to save room for the rest of your shots that day. I doubt very much if I could have walked away from it. I’d probably still be there waiting for it to happen again.

    October 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    • That cloud lost all color about 30 seconds after I took the shoot. Sunset is very short when you’re up in the mountains. The whole trip was utterly amazing and I’m a little shocked I didn’t fill all 3 of my 8GB cards I took with me, not for lack of trying of course!

      October 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm

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