Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Zion Day Two and Bryce

Welcome to day two of our Utah adventure.

This day's goal was to visit Bryce. To get from Zion National Park (Springdale, UT) to Bryce one goes through the eastern part of Zion through an area with beautiful, but very different terrain from Zion canyon, with surface texture known as slickrock.

This first photo shows this "layered" rock look clearly.

Slickrock Everywhere


From there we proceeded to Bryce.

Near Sunrise and Sunset Points

Near Sunset and Sunrise Points




We're Not in Massachusetts

It snowed the day before, so we were treated to some dramatic scenery mid-summer visitors don't normally see:

Snow Touches

At one point the raven cometh.

Raven Staredown


Natural Bridge Point

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point was our last stop on the Bryce Canyon rim.

We returned to Zion and took the Canyon Overlook trail during, or more accurately, *after*, sunset. The Canyon Overlook view was spectacular, but for us it was getting quite dark. This is an ISO 3200 shot taken around 8:30 in the evening. We descended back down the trail mostly in just moonlight. We could have used our cell phones as flashlights but didn't even think of it.

Canyon Overlook

Moonlit Zion

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