Autumn in the National Parks – Arches

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After a long day of driving and exploring on Day 8, we arrived at Arches National Park about an hour before sunset (and 15 minutes after the visitor’s center closed…ugh!).  You enter the park in the valley near Moab, but within a few hundred feet, you find yourself climbing the steep switch-backed road, lined by soaring red sandstone formations.  Interestingly, it doesn’t take too long to begin seeing objects and shapes in these rocks, and so it should come as no surprise that many of these formations have fanciful names, from Ham Rock and Parade of Elephants, to Park Avenue and the rock above which I have nicknamed Gnome Rock.  In total, we spent about 5 hours exploring Arches, most of the time under the stars, but I wish we had had another day – as with many of the parks we sampled – we really only had the chance to explore the tip of the iceberg.

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So, with limited time to explore, we did our best to be strategic and headed first to the cluster of formations in and around Double Arch (above) to make the most of the quickly setting sun.  We arrived just before sunset and were just amazed by the scale of these formations.  The photos really don’t do the scale justice, but for example, Double Arch has a span of 148 feet and a height of 104 feet (the height of a 10 story building).  In the gallery below, be sure to look at the dots that are cars and people in  several of the images.  With literally moments until sunset, we hiked up to Double Arch – about a half mile hike – and climbed up the nearly vertical embankment to the second opening (proving once again that I am out of shape).  As day slowly gave way to night, we snapped a few more shots, then headed down whilst there was still sufficient light to not result in a trip to the emergency room.  As we walked on, I turned back to the arch and noticed the subtle kiss of the fading light illuminating the rocks and had to snap the above photo.  For the rest of the evening, we worked on some simple astrophotography.  The moon again proved limiting in the angles we could shoot, but even with the bright moon, we could just make out the Milky Way.

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Autumn in the National Parks – Yellowstone South

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Welcome to part two of our wonderful out west adventure.  Today, we’re featuring the two days we spent exploring the southern portion of Yellowstone National Park.  After spending two nights at Mammoth Hotel (one night in the hotel, one night in a rustic cabin) we headed South.  Our route took us east, through Tower Junction, and then south, to Canyon, West to Madison Junction, and finally south again to Old Faithful Inn (below), where we had the great privileged of staying for two nights.  While in the southwestern portion of the park, we explored a myriad of geysers, hot springs and thermal features in and along the Firehole River.  Wildlife was fewer and less diverse in this area, though winter apparently brings many species south to the thermal-heated landscape. We did see some lone Bison, like the big bull above, as well as a smallish herd near Midway Geyser Basin, but that was about it.  However, the geothermal features proved nearly as interesting as the wildlife, at least to Bryn and I.

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So, a little more about Old Faithful Inn.  The inn was built over the course of one year – 1903 – by just a little over 50 men.  The great hall (above) stands 78 feet tall to mimic the height of the surrounding evergreen forest, and is topped with an honest to goodness tree house – a bit of whimsy the then 29 year old architect Robert Reamer added to the massive interior.  The hotel was built out of locally sourced wood and stone – quarried and cut within a 5 mile perimeter of the hotel.   Our room was in part of the original hotel (called the old house) – room #51 – in a cozy little corner on the first floor overlooking the front entry.  Now, as you can see from the image in the gallery below, the historically accurate drapes may have left a little bit to be desired, but I have to say they were better at masking what was inside than I feared.  Overall, the historic room was truly wonderful, with all the modern comforts we needed, but with all the time-traveling charm of life in a grand Victorian hotel.

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We also tried our hand at a bit of astrophotography – our first was foray spent with Old Faithful during a cloudless night with a nearly quarter, waxing crescent moon.  Even with the brightness of the moon, the amount of stars we could see after just a few minutes outside was stunning.  I didn’t realize just how much light pollution we have in FL – It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Milky Way with my naked eye!  So, we setup our shot while waiting for the big event (about 90 minutes apart) and we were ready when the geyser erupted.  Above is our favorite shot from the show.  All in all, Yellowstone was an amazing experience!  Next up, Grand Teton National Park!

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Full Moon Rising with the Canon 5DS – Field Test

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We were out doing some evening work in the yard – attempting to dodge the Florida summer heat – and I happened to look east as the moon was rising above the trees.  The rather low, fluffy cumulus clouds, dissipating after a day of thunderstorms, were streaming past the moon as the drifted out to sea, the moons glow creating a colorful rainbow of colors as the clouds crossed the moon.  To the Western sky, Jupiter and Venus were glowing brightly as well – so, no surprise here – I went in, grabbed our new Canon 5DS, slapped on our 100-400 and our 1.4 extender, and started shooting.  I began with some freehand shots at higher ISOs with surprisingly decent results (you could clearly see the phase of the Venus), but later resorted to a tripod to capture some low ISO, high aperture images.  All in all, I was very impressed with the 5DS and here are three of my favorite images!

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