Image No. 31 thru No. 35 – Trees
After leaving Capitol Reef, I headed west on the famous Route 12 over Boulder Mountain which is covered in aspen trees. There are many open areas as well where you get great views of the surrounding country, and I could take advantage of that with telephoto images of the large groves of aspens without the sky intruding. But at that elevation, it was very cold and windy that afternoon, wearing gloves cold. Not anything like the desert below.
I spent the late afternoon photographing these aspens, both in sharp focus and blurred shots, until the light began to fade and because of the wind, couldn’t continue. The next morning I hiked the 2-1/2 miles to Calf Creek Falls in the Grand Staircase, but arrived too late since the sun was well into the canyon, but there were areas still in shade that were lit up by the beautiful reflected light of the opposite canyon wall.
I took advantage of that with some unknown type of trees that had shiney bark reflecting that light right back to me. In those areas, almost the entire canyon floor was covered in horsetail grass that gave the scene a completely different look. After hiking back, I drove on to Bryce Canyon where I arrived just in time to see the fins lit by the late afternoon sun as well as the throng of literally hundreds of folks from what seemed like every country in the world!! Other than the morning at Factory Butte, it seemed that for the last two days I was more successful photographing trees rather than the bigger landscape.