Wednesday, April 20, 2011

False Kiva

False Kiva ruin is one of the hardest to find sites in canyon country. Yep it's there. I had seen images from the location but never knew where it was and when I found where, I planned to visit.

Now it is an unmarked site and you have to know where it is and how to get there. You are on your own finding directions, I ain't spilling the beans.

Suffice to say that it is a fragile area and the park service does not want hordes of people here.

It is neat but your image options are limited as the kiva sits in a small alcove. The top image is the standard and about only possible image.

The mystery of it might lure people, but after visiting I think there are neater more scenic areas to photograph.

For those wanting to try-be aware the trail is rough and you drop all the way to it. That means you have to climb up all the way back out. The second image shows the decent from the rim. As you might be able to tell the trail is almost non-existent there and you are almost scrambling. Certainly saying that you pick your way down the hillside is apt.

Also note the trail is loose and there are some places you are close to the edge. Follow the trail as best you can.

If you make it here, be respectful this is delicate and fragile history. Lastly, do not publish its location. Keeping it hush hush is part of the fun.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dead Horse Point

Morning at Dead Horse Point overlooking the Colorado River.

One of the finest views in the canyons around Moab is dawn from Dead Horse Point. There is a great view of the river, the canyon walls and toward the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands. The glow in the predawn light is spectacular from here.

Get up early and get out here before sunrise. It is just not the same once the sunrises.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch is the most famous sunrise location in the Moab area. Show up here on a clear morning and do not be surprised if 40 other photographers do too.

but all it takes is one look of an image from here to understand why.

The glow from the first light of day is amazing the the sights seen from here are incredible.

On my recent Canyonlands trip I had plans to spend one morning here. I ended up going back for a second morning when it was a clear sky day. Both times allowed me to get that classic view and great glow under the arch.

As always, I was the first one here. That helps me get the spot I want. Luckily this trip the crowd was smaller than in 2008 when there were 50+ people. The first morning here it was maybe 20 individuals, but everyone was relaxed and friendly. My second morning there was just 4 of us making it very easy to work on different compositions.

Here are two showing the entire arch and then after stepping back the glowing arch with the Washer Woman more easily seen.