Got some bad news Friday. I hadn’t been selected for a job I really felt would be a good one for me. I was kind of bummed out. Saturday, as I turned off I-70 and headed for Capitol Reef, Factory Butte came into view. I started smiling uncontrollably. Seems that chunk of clay has a hold on me. And it’s a good one.

We went to Hanksville to get a family portrait at the Wolverton Mill, then to Factory Butte (where else?) to hike one of the many small slot canyons in the area. It was a real recharge to see the family and spend time with them, and, of course, to be in the shadow of the Butte.

A long hike today has tired me out, so this will be short, but here’s what I’ve seen so far:

I love slot canyons as long as they don’t require ropes and parachutes, These around the Butte are particularly interesting because of the tortured rocks that we find.

 

Coal Road Slot

Coal Road Slot

There’s another network of slots near the visitor center in Capitol Reef. This one is unnamed officially, but Nick calls ‘Little canyon.’ I call int ‘Nick’s Canyon.’ Either way, it gives us a nice frame for the Castle. I’ve shown you shots of this before, but this one is actually three images combined, intended to open up the shadows and control the highlights. Called High-Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, it’s a sometimes-controversial technique. But when I get results like this, I don’t mind if some don’t believe the process belongs in photography.

The Castle from Little Canyon

The Castle from Little Canyon

More to follow,

Bob