I drive between Green River and Glenwood Springs a few times a year. The rest stop near Crescent Junction along I-70 provides great views of the sandstone cliffs to the north. In the summer, thunderheads build over these cliffs and provide ideal subject matter for a panorama.
This tree hangs over the cliff next to the trail that winds up the steep rock face to Observation Point in Zion National Park.
A vertical panorama from a June trip through the Narrows in Zion National Park.
There tends to be a break from southern Utah rainfall in mid-May to June, and this is the perfect time for canyoneering in Zion and hiking The Narrows. The spring snows have mostly melted, and the water is more tolerable without a wet suit. This June I spent a day in the Echo Canyon area, then I took an overnight trip down the Narrows from Chamberlains Ranch. Here is one of my favorite panoramas from one of the thinner sections in the Narrows.
I stopped outside Zion National Park to camp in BLM land so I could get up early to hike the Narrows the next morning. Here is the view from our campsite looking back down valley towards Rockville and Zion along the Smithsonian Butte National Back Country Byway.
This spring, I visited Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park for the first time. Unfortunately for my photography, the state allows vehicles onto the sand, so dune buggy tracks erased most of the ripples that I like to photograph. However, I still managed to find a dune or two that had mostly uninterrupted striations.
I spent an afternoon hiking in Big Cottonwood Canyon outside Salt Lake City, UT a few weeks ago. A spring winter storm had blanketed the steep hillsides in three feet of snow, and the white ground cover provided an ideal swath of negative space for black and white panoramas.
Jagged, lichen-covered rocks and gnarled junipers line the backbone of Frary Peak on Antelope Island. As the sun sets over the Great Salt Lake, pink light reflects off the mountains and clouds in the distance.
A partly cloudy, warm winter afternoon made for a perfect winter hike to the top of Frary Peak, Antelope Island. The sunset light was fantastic as fog and clouds surrounded Stansbury Island in the distance.
Late this summer after a spectacular day of climbing at the Good Medicine climbing area near Ruth Lake in the Uinta Mountains, we stopped to look at the Provo Falls on our way back to Salt Lake. The Provo River cuts down through the rocks as it descends rapidly from over 10,000′. I decided that a shelf sticking out into the lower falls would provide a perfect location for a panorama of the flowing water. I think this is one of my favorite panoramas from 2014.
Earlier this fall while I was in the Salt Lake City area, I decided I wanted to photograph a barn- not just any barn, but a big, old barn. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to drive for hours to some of the more rural farms outside Salt Lake, and I’d already visited Antelope Island. After doing a bit of internet research, I found the McPolin family farm in the Park City area. Although the barn is a bit manicured, I thought it would be fun to drive up to Park City to see the building. It was a cloudy afternoon- my favorite for creating a bit of drama in the sky. I collapsed the legs on my tripod down so the camera could sit as low to the ground as possible in order to magnify the height of the structure. Yes, the photo is a bit ridiculous and dramatic (I even did a bit of burning around the edges for a vignette effect), but that is what I was going for. I took four panoramas from a variety of angles- here is my favorite.