Posts Tagged Goblin Valley

You’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning to…

This was one of those days: up at 4 p.m. then driving nearly two-and-a-half hours to get to the spot we decided would be our sunrise location. Worked out pretty well.

I’ve never been a real fan of Goblin Valley State Park. Oh, it’s interesting and cool. The first time. It’s just that I never really had much interest in going back. It’s hard to photograph in any unique way and kind of all the same stuff. But our gang wanted to go there for sunrise, so go there we did. And I’m glad. I have a new respect for Goblin Valley after the morning shoot. It was still hard to get a unique photo, but not as bad as I’ve seen it.

And, of course, if you’re a photographer, Sunrise is a good thing.

(click on the images to see the real size and decent color)

 

We had a very old moon that morning. It would be new the next day. But as it was there at sunrise, the moon and Earthglow added some interest to a dark blue sky.

Sunrise, Goblin Valley East

Sunrise, Goblin Valley East

 

Of course, if we looked north, we could see some clouds and the morning sun gave them a nice color boost.

 

Sunrise, Goblin Valley North

Sunrise, Goblin Valley North

 

More to follow.

Bob

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In the Spring, my fancy turns to…

Oh, I don’t know, maybe a stop to winter. It’s snowing in Laramie today, and I’m thinking of warmer, drier territory. That’s why I love to go to the desert in spring. We generally encounter dry, warm weather and often find a riot of flowers and cactus blooms.

Our March trip was a little early. Most of the places I wanted to take the desert newbies from Laramie were inaccessible because of snow and deep mud, so we picked alternative spots to walk and gawk. That wasn’t a problem because alternative spots in the desert are still beautiful, so we weren’t disappointed. This has been a rough winter in Laramie and it was unusual in the Cedar Mesa area, too. (Heck, it was rough everywhere I went: Laramie had snow on the ground from September on, we got snowed out in Santa Fe in March, and there was still a lot of snow on Cedar Mesa in March. Maybe I’m just getting old.)

Natural Bridges National Monument recorded 8 feet of snow throughout the winter, the most since 1968. That wet winter should make the desert simply stunning with wildflowers this year. I hope to get down there and check it out myself. Will let you know if I do.

Wall Detail, Goblin Valley, Utah

Wall Detail, Goblin Valley, Utah

I took the above photo in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. What an odd place that is! It’s well worth the visit. This was done in the Spring at a workshop with the Salt Lake Art Center School. The plants in the image are fresh and healthy, but no flowers yet. I hope to get back to the desert soon to catch some flowers. I’ll share what I find with you.

In the mean time, I’ll dream of snow-free days (until Summer gets old) and sunshine.

More to follow.

Bob

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