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The Three Gossips – Arches National Park, Utah

I did a little research on my trip back from Idaho to Texas this past weekend. I was looking to spend part of an afternoon visiting some place new that had the potential for some really special images. With landscape photography everything you see, feel and smell, is up to the mother earth. For example, last month on my birthday I got up after 4 hours of sleep to drive 2 1/2 hours in the rain to catch what I thought would be a stormy dramatic sunrise at Steptoe Butte in Washington. Didn’t happen. Not a single image. Just rain and really cold Palouse wind.

This time I had thoughts of Yellowstone, Tetons or Zion. But looking at the weather predictions, the route options I had and best possibility of images in the winter without being snowed-in, I took a shot at the Arches National Park in southern Utah and got lucky.

A big storm had just blew out of the area the night before leaving scattered clouds, crisp air and beautiful light. I was blown away as drove in the valley. I hopped out of my truck and took this image first. This rock formation, the Three Gossips, is famous for two reasons. First, geologists theorize that many years ago there was a massive rock arch between them and the lower dominant rock, Sheep Rock. But that with time, wind and weather crumbled. More importantly, it was also part of a scene in the movie “Thelma & Louise” when they were headed over the Mexico border. The ironic twist is that this is no where near the Mexico border, that’s the movies… better images to come.

Captured with: nikon d4, 70-200mm @ f/9.0, iso 200, 1/320. Hand-held, single image.

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  • January 3, 2013 - 9:21 pm

    Chari - Hi, Jeff! Long time no see/talk….etc. I meant to come to your website and check out the photos after last year’s Christmas newsletter……only a year late. :) I love to take pictures, too…….especially in nature.

    Beautiful photos. We loved our visit to Arches NP. The three gossips are a family favorite…..with three brothers teasing their three sisters…..you can imagine why.

    Hope everything is going well with you.

    Chari in Mt Shasta :)

  • January 5, 2013 - 1:02 am

    admin - Chari – great to hear from you! Helen and I were just talking about you and your wonderful family. We always enjoy your Christmas letters each year. We are indeed all fortunate this holiday season! Thanks so much for the kind words about the photos. Life is so busy these days and photography is the one passion that I can squeeze in while working and traveling. It also allows one to preserve visual memories for another time! My favorites are always of family… take care ~ jeff

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