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‘Mesa Arch Sunrise’
It’s no secret that the sunrise shot of Mesa Arch is no longer a secret 🤫🤔🤣
It has become the most iconic image of Canyonlands National Park and a must-have shot for every aspiring landscape photographer 🙌
When I first visited Canyonlands over 20 years ago, though, it was still sort of a secret spot. At that time, I had only seen it in a shot taken by the amazing Galen Rowell (my all time favorite photographer). I had the site all to myself 🤗 but alas, I was still a novice photographer and those shots were mediocre at best 😕
Fast forward almost two decades...when this photo was taken. I was a more competent photographer with better equipment. I awoke early and arrived before sunrise. Everything was perfect as I hiked down the quarter-mile trail to the arch! Then I arrived!!!...and my heart sank 😧. There were almost 100 tourists from Asia already there setup with their cameras and tripods. They were gracious and allowed me to “squeeze” in for this photo 😂.
Despite the current crowds, the site is still amazing and sunrise/sunburst shots taken here can be magical, don’t you think?



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As red as possible... The kind of sunset you see once in a while when you're really lucky. We were returning from the amazing Island In The Sky. The sun seemed to be set. And then this crazy colors appeared for a short moment. After that I would never have left a nice spot without being 100% sure ;-) Canyonlands National Park, USA (2013). #freshairclub #teamaventuriers #natgeotravel #natgeo #geomagazin #geomagazine #discover_landscapes #awesomedreamplaces #natgeolandscape #loves_landscape #wildernessculture #modernoutdoors #campingofficial #greatnorthcollective #sigma #campinghiking #nikonfr #nikoneurope #takemoreadventures #globeshotz #YourShotPhotographer #outside_project #usa #canyonlands #canyonlandsnps #islandinthesky #viewbug
#leefilters 0.75 gnd soft, Nikon D300, Sigma 17-50
User Image thewaywedidit Posted: Jan 23, 2018 1:37 AM (UTC)
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We arrived to Canyonlands National Park just in time to watch an incredible sunrise underneath Mesa Arch. Not only was it glowing bright orange, but it perfectly framed the rocky terrain that stretched out to the La Sal Mountains. (Link in profile for the post!)
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Okay last post from my trip through the Maze (for now), this was taken near Chimney Rock, looking out towards the Needles district and to the La Sal mountains. I didn't do any saturation editing or color enhancement on this photo, desert colors can be so vibrant! Speaking of the Needles, @kbfeldmann only 32 days until our adventure!
User Image spectacular.wrld Posted: Jan 22, 2018 7:55 PM (UTC)
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Moon under Mesa Arch. As you may know, Mesa Arch is a very popular sunrise photo spot in Canyonlands National Park. You need to arrive well before sunrise to occupy a good place. We knew this, so we arrived 2 hours in advance and were the first to arrive that night. While waiting for the sunrise, we were experimenting with night shots of the arch. Suddenly, the Moon came up straight under the arch, while the Milky Way was clear in the sky above, and I made this shot.
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User Image usa4youit Posted: Jan 22, 2018 3:11 PM (UTC)

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The storm is coming on The White Rim Road
User Image kerstin_aroundtheworld Posted: Jan 20, 2018 10:52 AM (UTC)
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Hallo ihr Lieben. Ich bin gerade auf dem Weg in die Stadt, ich muss nämlich heute #arbeiten 😱😉 aber nur ein paar Stunden, von daher passt das schon! Gerade hat es mega angefangen zu schneien 🌨 und ich bin erstmal schön nass geworden 🙄 ich wünsche euch einen schönen Tag, was macht ihr heute so?
Sunset over Elaterite Butte in the Maze...the post-trip depression is hitting me hard, I can't concentrate in class or stop thinking about endless canyons and quotes from Desert Solitaire. "For Abbey's sake, leave this country alone! -God". Link in bio for another blog post about our adventure
Humbling Lands IV | Canyonlands National Park | October 2017
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Never have I been somewhere as humbling as @canyonlandsnps in Utah. Humans, and our ever expanding societies, seem to place themselves above most everything on this planet. It's when your mind is exposed to a landscape like this that one's perspective of the world, and the universe beyond, is bound to shift. The beauty around us is endless. There are things too small for comprehension, and too large to grasp. Think about it. These landscapes are massive, yet they are just cracks in the sand. We aren't rulers of the world, we are partners of it 🌹
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My mind was absolutely blown by the Maze District in Canyonlands. I spent four days backpacking through labyrinths with a few homies before the start of the semester, it was unforgettable! This pic is from the Maze Overlook at sunset, link in bio for a story!

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