Originally published at http://boomar357.wordpress.com/ 2012-05-16
Bryce Canyon – 2
Bryce Canyon is in southern Utah. Because Zion National park is better known, Bryce Canyon gets fewer visitors a year. This canyon is shaped like an amphitheatre rather than a traditional canyon. The elevation of this canyon is between 8,000 and 9,000 feet. This canyon does see all four seasons with temperatures of 9° Fahrenheit in the winter and over 90° Fahrenheit in the summer. May and June are good months to visit the canyon because it is not too hot! Another good time to visit the canyon is September and October. There are very few visitors to the canyon during the three winter months of December, January and February.
The picture on the left is of a Natural Arch. The color was spectacular! The deeper orange of the arch complimented the lighter orange and yellow rock formations nearby. This arch was formed over thousands of years by wind, rain, ice and erosion. Even a sculptor couldn’t have made this arch as lovely as it is. It is hidden as you walk one of the trails in the canyon until you come around a slight bend, and then POW there it is!
The second picture, the one on the right, is what I call the Olympic Flame. Again, Mother Nature carved this out of rock over many thousands of years. I love this formation because the moment you see it, it takes you to the Olympics past, seeing their flame light the way for all the athletes that came to test their abilities against others in the world.
Bryce Canyon has so many different rock formations that I took ten or twelve rolls of film while there in May of 2001. The canyon is truly a photographer’s dream. If you ever get the chance to visit southern Utah be sure to go to Bryce Canyon and be in awe of its beauty.