Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Capital Reef National Park, Utah ~ Day 4

Today I woke up at 4am and feeling pretty excited about my photography. Even though I have not yet gone through my CF cards I just felt more confident and more anxious to get out and shoot.

The original plan was to go back to the Hickman Bridge Trail head to shoot the stars over Capital Dome but the Twin Rocks caught Marc's eye so we stopped. We spent the next few hours walking around and taking pictures of Twin Rocks and its surroundings.

Twin Rocks lit up by the moon.

This is another view of twins rocks from a different vantage point. It was lit by the moon and highlighted certain areas with a little help of a powerful flashlight that Andy so nicely "painted" onto the rocks.

I do not remember why but I do not have a sunrise pic. Maybe the cloud cover was too dense but I did grab a shot of the valley behind us after sunrise.

Some random shot

After a short morning, we headed back to Torrey to meet up with our guides for the day, Pat and Kathy from Hondoo Rivers and Trails. Pat and Kathy led us to see some pictographs as well as some petroglyphs along Pleasant Creek Drainage Basin area. We parked at Sleepy Rainbow Ranch snapped a few shots and then headed down towards Pleasant Creek.

Sleepy Rainbow Ranch Fence Lines

During the trip to Pleasant Creek, somehow random pieces of junk or artifacts miraculously appeared on Marc's driver's seat while we fiddle farted at different spots to look at the scenery. No one really knows how this phenomenon happened but I heard it started sometime on a past workshop and has continued onto this one. Hmmmm.....Very Scary indeed

Some Old Rusted Steel Can

A tree branch appeared when there were no trees in sight

Old Car Door????? I have no idea how an extra car door appeared...This was the biggest mystery of them all. Marc seemed to be amused. He obviously has a great sense of humor.

During our walk through Pleasant Creek Drainage, we were delighted by the scenery as well as the pictographs and petroglyphs.

Pleasant Creek

Human Figure Pictographs

Snake Figure Pictograph


As the day was winding down and we were in our vehicles heading back to Torrey, we all gasped at this incredible wall with its contrasty water stains against the orange/red rock. So, as photographers we all jumped out of the vehicle to try and capture this beauty.

What a great way to end the day of photo shooting. Tomorrow we are off to San Rafael Swell to go camping at Muddy Creek in Red Canyon.

Day 5.....cont.

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