Monday, November 23, 2015

Arches National Park Photography Retreat with UVU and Bryan Niven

This was basically a camping trip with other photographers for the weekend. I went in April so it was cool weather but nice. It did rain one night and caused some of the campers some distress but I slept through it and was snug and cozy. The food was dutch oven and fantastic and Bryan was really good and lots of fun. There were about 15 of us all together including cooks and personnel from UVU. I would highly recommend it!

Courthouse Wash Rock Art- The first place we stopped was at some really cool hieroglyphs. There were 3 different kinds or styles. The first was the Fremont

Then there was the pictograph style of Barrier Canyon and then the Utes all right there together.

The first hike was the Park Avenue hike which is 1 mile 1-way. 

At the end of this hike you see the three ladies

And we saw this baby when we got to the parking lot.

Reflection fun

I picked a nice protected spot for my tent. Some of the others got blown down in the night

There were these cool fingers we could climb on by the campground

And Broken Arch was just next door

Delicate Arch was our hike for the first evening

This is the standard shot that everybody gets

Ed from Houston was on the trip and he and his wife turned out to be good friends with my cousin Deanna and her husband Dave. I think sometimes that if I just talk to a person long enough I will find some kind of connection. It happens a lot

But we climbed down into the bowl to get this shot

And then up the other side to get this shot. To get here we climbed on the backside of delicate arch where there were old spikes in the rocks that we could use to hang on too. They use to have chains for people to go that way but took them down. Most people just stayed up on the other side.

We even got this cool shot

From this rock ledge

We did some night/light shots

And we went back to Broken Arch in the morning to get these cool ones

From the inside of Broken Arch

We actually climbed up on top of Sand Dunes Arch but none of those pictures turned out. This is from the inside of the Arch

South Window Arch through North Window Arch

Double Arch

Landscape Arch

A hale storm came through while we were looking at Landscape Arch and we found an overhang to stand under. It was really cool and when we got back to the bus everyone wanted to know how we were still dry!

A mini flood came through after the hale storm passed

Fiery Furnace viewpoint 

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