Don't Tiptoe Through Life to Arrive at Death (Arches National Park)
Searching online, I found at least four different people attributed for this saying. So even though it might be just a saying passed on with no verifiable source, I recalled it while working on this image captured at the Double O Arch in Arches National Park while walking the Devils Garden Loop Trail. What I was attempting to bring out with this image was a look not to just the arches themselves but also using it as both a portal for the distance beyond and a point of reference and scale for the sandstone fins and rock formations all around. I later used an Open Shade CEP 4 recipe after some initial work in Capture NX2.
Back to the image caption title I'd selected. I'd read about this hike with the primitive trail portion and being listed as more than just strenuous, with the NPS site describing it as most difficult. With the comments about difficult route finding and steep slopes with narrow dropoffs, I'd wondered about the "sanity" of doing this hike. The sights seen and images captured say most definitely not...and the idea of this image is in not tiptoeing through life.