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.