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Glowing Mesa Arch

While scouting Mesa Arch in the evening, I took a panorama of the rock formation near the upper end of the Arch (see my post from 2 weeks ago). I decided to re-shoot a similar panorama at sunrise with better lighting because I liked the way the Arch seemed to dive away from the camera.

DivingMesaArchDiving Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, UT (16″x28″)


Morning Sun on Mesa Arch

I slept in the back of my Subaru to save time in the morning. When my alarm went off, I deflated my sleeping pad, hopped into the driver seat, and rubbed the sleep out of my eyes as I turned on the defroster and headed to Mesa Arch. Sunrise was gorgeous, but the crowd of photographers that showed up a few minutes after I arrived made me want to hang back and wait for a clear view of the arch and mountains. After most of the other photographers rushed off to their next tour stop, an incredible glow developed under the arch when the sun started to reflect off the sandstone cliffs below the overlook.

GlowingMesaArchGlowing Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, UT (16″x44″)

MorningSunMesaArchMorning Sun on Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, UT (16″x40″)


Perspectives on Mesa Arch

While in Canyonlands National Park this spring, I wanted to visit and photograph Mesa Arch. I guarantee you recognize pictures of this location taken at sunrise with golden light shining over the mountains through the arch. I decided to stop by and scout the location around sunset so I would know where to set up my tripod the following morning; I took along my camera to take a few “non-traditional” panoramas of the arch as long as I had nice evening clouds and the arch wasn’t packed with excited sunrise photographers.

SnakingMesaArchSnaking Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, UT (16″x50″)

CrossedMesaArchCrossed Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, UT (16″x46″)