Turk's Head, Green River, Evening Haze
Turk's Head, Green River, Evening Haze. Canyonlands National Park, Utah. April 6, 2012. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.
The Green River curves past Turk's Head in evening haze, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
Just to the west of the "Island in the Sky" area of Canyonlands National Park, the Green River flows though deep and rugged canyons on its way to the confluence with the Colorado River. The river and its tributary streams have cut thousands of feet down through the layers of rock, exposing plateaus and steep canyon walls and more sandstone than can be believed. At Turks' Head the river winds through a very large S-curve that widens the lower part of the canyon.
I had begun shooting the evening light at the Green River Overlook somewhat earlier on this evening, and by the time I made this photograph the direct light was almost gone - a bit of it is still hitting the cliff faces at lower left and glancing across the tops of nearby flat areas. It was a rather hazy evening, which is part of what attracted me to this spot - I love shooting into or across back-lit haze which can almost glow in the right light and which can also enhance the sense of distance in the scene. Of course, most of the "glow" was gone by this time, and the result is something a lot more subtle with the most distant terrain above the far end of a tributary canyon almost disappearing into the distant haze.
G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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