Utah Adventures – Part 2, Bryce Canyon National Park

On a very cold Black Friday morning, Dave and I rose very early and met with our photo guides for the Day, David and Eric of Action Photo Tours out of Kanab, Utah.  Our mission, instead of shopping, was to capture Bryce Canyon at Sunrise.  And capture it we did.  The picture above was taken on the hike down into the Amphitheater.  Note the scale of the canyon walls when compared to members of our photo tour.  The sweeping majesty of this National Park is awe-inspiring.

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We arrived at the Amphitheater just at sunrise that morning.  And it was a very cold morning at about 9 degrees F.  I didn’t even notice the cold (I was bundled up pretty well in layers of appropriate clothing) when I spied the view with the sun just coming up over the southeastern rim.  But in the picture I took below, you can sense the cold.

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Once we took some sunrise pictures of the top of the Amphitheater, we took the Navajo Trail loop down into the Amphitheater and was treated to a better view of the iconic Thor’s Hammer.

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And here is a picture I took of my husband Dave shooting while getting instruction and tips from Eric.

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David and Eric of Action Photo Tours were wonderful.  Their insight, suggestions, instruction were spot on for both of us and I would highly recommend taking a photography tour with them.  It was an unforgettable visit to Bryce Canyon.

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And sunrise in Bryce Canyon is not to be missed.

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Intrepid Photographer

Dave and I just returned from an amazing vacation to Nevada, Utah and Arizona.  We took so many pictures, that it will take a bit to process all of them.  In the meantime I decided to post a couple of my pictures of what I call “The Intrepid Photographer” (or pictures of the Husband).

The first one above is a picture of the “Crazy” Photographer.  During our trip my husband was continually looking for that shot down the road, so I snapped one of him taking one of those shots.  You can see a little snow and even ice on the roadway.  This picture was taken in Arizona on the way to Monument Valley.  Looking forward to seeing what shots Dave got while kneeling out in the middle of a road where the posted speed limit was 70 miles an hour.

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We started the trip by flying into Las Vegas.  We spend a couple of days there before setting off for Utah.  Here is a picture of Dave at Red Rock Canyon.  Behind the Visitor’s Center they have a platform where you can get a 360 degree view of the entire park.

We went from Las Vegas to St. George, which became our home base for a few days as we explored Zion (will post pictures of our Angels Landing adventure soon).  After Zion we moved to Kanab ( on Thanksgiving) to explore Bryce.  Below are a few “Photographer” pictures I took in Bryce at and near sunrise.

Kanab is known as the Little Hollywood of the West.  As we were leaving Kanab on our way to Page, we stopped at a few landmarks along the way, including the old Gunsmoke set.

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While in Page we visited both Glen Canyon and Monument Valley before heading back to Las Vegas and our flight home.

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Stay tuned for more on our November adventures.