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Arches National Park is just amazing, and when you get the right sky there, it becomes just super breathtaking ... was very lucky to get this weather passing through at sunset ... given it was 102 degrees F.

This is the famous Delicate Arch that is on the license plates in Utah.


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“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” - Judith Thurman

So Thursday of last week I took off on a 4 day photo trip with Rian and our friends Jay and Daniel (I don't think they are active on Flickr). We left early and headed straight to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, then Zion on Friday, and off to Page, AZ on Saturday. Sunday we headed back to SoCal through the worst traffic the 15 freeway had to offer. Needless to say we slept very little and shot many a photo.


This shot is from Arch Rock in Valley of Fire State Park which may just be one of the best spots I have been to for photography! It is certainly the best in Nevada. Photographic opportunities are literally everywhere and I could spend an eternity out there and still come across new shots! Hope you enjoy!


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Memorial Church appears through an entry arch at the main quad on the Stanford University campus.

Through the arch .....


From the gateway out of the Cathedral grounds to the Castle at Lincoln

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Corona Arch - just outside of Arches National Park. This is a magnificent arch, however it's not part of the National Parks System.

North Window Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, near sunset. The rock color changed as sunset approached, going from pale to yellow, then orange and finally blood red. Seen on Jeff Clow's Dirt Cheap Photo Tour.

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This is the Admiralty Arch which sits on top of the Mall. It is Londons version of the Brandenburg Gate.


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Arches National Park

Moab, Utah

December 2015

One of the many wonders along Arches Park Avenue trail is an old twisted tree. It stands out and beckons to be photographed among the rock formations of Navajo sandstone.


The Park Avenue Trail is one of the first major attractions within Arches National Park. It is a one-mile trail that follows the bottom of a canyon at the feet of some gigantic, and well-known monoliths of interesting formation protruding from the canyon walls.


This short out and back trail heads north down a wide canyon flanked by towering rock walls and spires. These impressive formations are reminiscent of skyscrapers and buildings that shape Manhattan, hence the name 'Park Avenue'.


The trail drops from the trailhead on a steep set of stone stairs to the wide canyon floor. The dirt path is soon predominantly sandstone as you travel down the widening canyon mouth.


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Il Parco nazionale degli Arches è una area naturale protetta degli Stati Uniti che conserva oltre 2000 archi naturali di arenaria, oltre ad una varietà di formazioni geologiche uniche.

Il parco si trova nei pressi di Moab, Utah.

Corona Arch is located near Moab and is a very popular trail. The arch is really quite large, this shot perhaps needing a person standing under the arch to give scale to the image.


A good demonstration of the flare resistance of the sigma fisheye.



Sigma 15mm fisheye

5 shots @ f13

ISO: 200

These arches are in two pairs and are six meters high

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Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah is one of the most gorgeous places you'll ever see. It's also one of the most photographed so if you plan on going for a visit be sure to read my Delicate Arch Photo Tips.


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Arches National Park with the NXNW Mafia


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Balancing Rock

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A most iconic image of Arches National Park. It was already crowded this afternoon, and wasn't even May yet.

Located in the Klondike Bluffs area of Arches National Park, Tower Arch is formed by erosion in the bottom of a fin made of Entrada Sandstone. The arch takes its name from a large knob on an intact fin behind this view. Our hike in this day was mostly with a monotonous gray sky, so the appearance of the sun and blue sky once we reached the arch made the light particularly beautiful. This part of Arches is lightly traveled- the two times I've been here I've not seen another soul except my hiking partner (orange hat and camera visible on the right side of the pic).

We had only planned one night in Moab, so we had to make the most of our time in Arches National Park notwithstanding the lingering cloud cover. And while I'm sure that you can get completely lost in the wilderness, we stuck to the road and the "flatter" trails.

Pulteney Bridge. The Roman Bridge in Bath Somerset.

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Aperture: f/8.0

Focal Length: 45 mm

Shutter Speed: 1/100

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Volubilis is a partly excavated Roman city in Morocco situated near Meknes between Fes and Rabat. Built in a fertile agricultural area, it was developed from the 3rd century BC onwards as a Phoenician (and later Carthaginian) settlement. It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD onwards and expanded to cover about 40 hectares (100 acres) with a 2.6 km (1.6 mi) circuit of walls. The city gained a number of major public buildings in the 2nd century, including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch. Its prosperity, which was derived principally from olive growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors.


The town fell to local tribes around 285 and was never retaken by Rome because of its remoteness and indefensibility on the south-western border of the Roman Empire. It continued to be inhabited for at least another 700 years, first as a Latinised Christian community, then as an early Islamic settlement. In the late 8th century it became the seat of Idris ibn Abdallah, the founder of the Idrisid dynasty and the state of Morocco. By the 11th century Volubilis had been abandoned after the seat of power was relocated to Fes. Much of the local population was transferred to the new town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, about 5 km (3.1 mi) from Volubilis.


The ruins remained substantially intact until they were devastated by an earthquake in the mid-18th century and subsequently looted by Moroccan rulers seeking stone for building Meknes. It was not until the latter part of the 19th century that the site was definitively identified as that of the ancient city of Volubilis. During and after the period of French rule over Morocco, about half of the site was excavated, revealing many fine mosaics, and some of the more prominent public buildings and high-status houses were restored or reconstructed. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed for being "an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire".

Arches National Park, Utah - so much amazing natural beauty, it makes my head spin. This is part of the "Double Arch".


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The bridge at Cumberland Falls

Sunset right after a thunderstorm in the Garden of Eden area at Arches NP


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View though one of the Double Arch arches.


I took a bunch of more traditional shots and then by the time I got to the arches there was no-one around so I made the most of it. The fisheye came in vey useful for a couple of shots through the arches with this one being my favorite.



Sigma 15mm Fisheye

3 exposures @ f6.3

ISO: 100.

Greetings from Utah! Beautiful clouds drew us to Arches National Park for sunset. We were late in arriving, so got only one shot here before the sun went down.


As internet access here is very slow, I will catch up as possible. Thanks for your visit and all of your support. I hope everyone has a great week.


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Arch National Park

I seem to have a love / hate relationship with Sandsend. Whenever I'm there I seem to miss the best light and that was certainly the case for this shot. On top of that everyone seems to having building work done so finding a composition without scafolding in in it was tricky. With nothing in the way of sidelight and no colour in the sky I opted for this classic shot looking through the arch, up Sandsend Beck towards the cottages. I was hoping some cootage lights would come on the make for a more enticing blue hour shot, but it didnt happen. Work in progress so I will revisit...

Coolest arch I've ever seen. Hands down. Sometimes I come across things that I just don't know how to fit in the frame and still make it look clean because they're just so big. Jacob Hamblin arch was one of those things.

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Repetitive arches outside the Puppet Museum, Cadiz, Spain

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