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USA - Bryce Canyon National Park - Curves and colours | by Mathieu Soete
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USA - Bryce Canyon National Park - Curves and colours

"Details create the big picture."


-- Stanford I. Weill


People have been asking me if I haven't been to Bryce Canyon, Utah. Why there are no pictures of it then?


Truth is I have been there, right in between Zion and Grand Canyon (ah yes, also still to be posted)...but I find it hard to post anything decent from that place.

When we arrived, shortly after midday, the sun was shining hard and a serious bunch of small, low clouds created lots of harsh shadow patches in the theatre-shaped canyon. Later-on the weather shifted completely when heavy clouds started dropping some rain, but the strong winds on the high grounds we were at that time, made it difficult to shoot any straight compositions.


So let me post this one from about in between the two periods first. It was getting a bit later in the afternoon and while listening to the ranger's story on the formation of the stone structures, I zoomed in on the striking colours of the canyon, dodging the shadows cast by the clouds. Somewhat amazing how some of those trees manage to cling onto the rocks to survive! Though they grow extremely slowly because there's hardly anything to live on.


Pretty much straight out of camera.


A chronological overview of our road trip:


Yosemite NP

Sequoia NP

Zion Canyon NP

Bryce Canyon NP

Grand Canyon NP (to follow)

Antelope Canyon

Horseshoe Bend

Monument Valley

Arches NP

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Taken on August 20, 2010