Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bryce Canyon National Park...

Gale Robbins photos...

Bryce Canyon NP (and nearby Kodachrome Basin SP) are two spots you shouldn't miss when traveling through Utah. Both are a photographer's dream, providing endless opportunities to shoot what can only be described as awesome views. Both offer year-round camping ops though beware the only loop open in Bryce during the winter provides a limited number campsites, most of which are tight getting in and tighter getting out...and come prepared with lots of leveling blocks. We found the campground all but empty, tried just about every open site and finally parked the camper going the wrong way, right off the access road--like inches off the access road. Actually not a problem, since there was hardly any through traffic and the park ranger who drove by early each morning apparently didn't give a damn which way we were headed.

The rock formations depicted above are called hoodoos. A hoodoo (also called a tent rock, fairy chimney, and earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Hoodoos, typically consist of relatively soft rock topped by harder, less easily eroded stone that protects each column from the elements. They generally form within sedimentary rock and volcanic rock formations.

Found mainly in the desert in dry, hot areas, hoodoos range in size from a few feet to several hundred feet. Hoodoo shapes vary due to alternating hard and softer rock layers. Minerals deposits cause hoodoos to have different colors throughout their height.

As always the best photo ops (light) are early and late and for what its worth the best spots are Sunset and Inspiration Points...just one ol' man's opinion a course...You can drive to all the overlooks, something like 17 miles from Visitor's Center assuming of course the snowplows have had time to do their thing...again no problem this time around given one the least snowy winters ever...

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