04/15 Bryce Canyon Day 4 More night skies, Queen Anne and Bryce Point

April 16, 2018  •  5 Comments

Today started again at a very early hour in hopes of catching some more dark sky shots.  Turns out that the clouds decided they wanted to play too.  The intro shot is the Milky Way shot down the Navajo Trail.  The next couple of shots were also done on that trail, but notice the clouds in the star trail photo.  That is Thor's Hammer formation in silhouette.

Climbed back up the steep slope of the trail to the top and drove to Sunrise Point for the sunrise.  Figured it might be a good one with the clouds to reflect the light.  Was not disappointed.  I was the second one at the observation point, but far from the last.  Probably 50 people when all was said and done.  Here are a couple shots I took with my phone.

Here is the same scene as the above photo about 5 minutes later.  Timing is everything in early morning and late evening photography.

And here is the sunrise taken with the big camera using a 5 exposure stop sequence and then merged into the final image in Lightroom.

Next on my agenda was to hike the Queens Garden Trail in search of the Queen.  I had missed it the last time I was on that trail.  Turns out she is at the very end of the Queens Garden Trail and I had cut over to the Navajo Trail before I got to the end.  Anyway, here is the formation the trail was named after.

I continued on the Navajo Trail again and here are a few things I saw along the way.

My final stop in Bryce Canyon NP was to drive up to Bryce Point and take in the view.  This is very close to Inspiration Point where I took my first early morning shots in the wind and snow. Here is what I saw today.

Sorry this took a bit longer to post.  Ran into some computer issues last night and had to clear them up this morning.  It is off to Capitol Reef NP today.


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Dave Randolph Photography
Thanks everyone for taking the time to stop and comment on my blog! To answer Jim's question, that "arch" is man made for the trail. There are about 3 of these on this particular trail in Queen's Garden. As for the chipmunk, he was OK with me creeping up on him to take the shot but when I talked to him he shot into his burrow in a flash. Also, by the looks of him he is finding plenty to eat!
Jim(non-registered)
Love them all - but the one that "grabbed" me the most was the 5th photo down - magnificent. Thanks for including a couple of critter shots. In the 9th photo down, is the doorway in the rock natural or manmade?
Rick(non-registered)
Nice shots, Dave! And I see you got your critters in, too. Especially the chipmunk.
Valerie(non-registered)
Been sharing these with Chad and we are getting inspired to go and see!
Carl(non-registered)
Really amazing and beautiful shots Dave! Thanks for sharing! God Bless!
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