After Goblin Valley I headed west to a BLM site just outside Capital Reef NP. Got there early enough to have my pick of spots. By evening I counted around 20 campers, from Class As to tents. I got a few nice images from a hill next to my rig as the evening progressed. Next day I was on the road to Bryce Canyon NP, hoping to get a site in Red Canyon NFS campground. As with many roads out here there were plenty of signs warning
Loose stock on Rt. 12 in UT
of Loose Stock and they were accurate. As I went up and over Boulder Pass I also saw several Mule Deer but didn’t get any photos. The aspen were starting to turn in the high country and are beautiful.
Sunrise Point, early morning
I went into Bryce early one morning before the crowds and got a few nice images. Due to the sunlight reflected by the rocks behind them some of the rocks seemed to literally glow, sort of like the salt lamps you might have seen. Then went back at night and got some more. The moon is starting to get fuller and fewer stars were evident.
The next night I stayed closer to the campground, just taking a few images from pullouts on the road in Red Canyon.
Another favorite spot of mine is Mossy Cave Trail because you are below a lot of the rock formations, looking up instead of down. I went there again in late afternoon to get a few images. Then went back at night for some more. Even a couple days made a big difference in how many stars could be seen because of the full moon.
Mossy Cave Trail, night
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Bryce Canyon is a remarkable place, with views unlike anywhere else. This visit the temps were very cold with some snow flurries. Some of the high points had enough to make for very unique images.
We were held up by road construction leaving Escalante to go to Bryce and I couldn’t resist getting an image of our caravan.
We drove out to Rainbow Point and did the hike to see the Brisltecone Pines on the edge of the rim.
Mossy Cave Trail provides very good views of hoodoos, and avast flowing river that runs through a manmade channel to provide water to the town of Tropic.
Finally had a very clear night and I went out to see if I could see the Milky Way. Yes! This was taken from Bryce point, with the town of Tropic at the bottom right.
Milky Way viewed from Bryce Point, Bryce Canyon NP. Light at lower right is from the town of Tropic.
We camped at Red Canyon, a NFS campground just outside Bryce, very nice campground with paved sites, plenty of room.
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Red Canyon hoodoos
Monday mid day we arrived at Red Canyon NF Campground, this is located just outside Bryce Canyon NP. Sites are large and well spaced, this is dry camping so the solar panel is getting some use again. Bryce Canyon NP is quite a place, lots of overlooks into various canyons. Fortunately some of the local roads have pullouts at convenient places, too, so photographs can be taken. There are lots of people here but it really doesn’t seem crowded, maybe because there is a shuttle system to take the pressure off the limited parking
I’m still doing some night photography but it is changing as the moon waxes. More light and less stars, but still interesting to do! Monday night was a real challenge because it was windy with temps in the low 30s. I moved quickly and was glad to get back to my warm Casita.
Red Canyon Hoodoos at night
There are so many wonderful hoodoos here and the colors are spectacular.
Fairyland Canyon by day
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