I dragged my butt out of bed at 3:30 in the morning to get this shot. I snuck into the park about an hour before it opened and camped out at this gap know as the Gateway. I took a fair number of shots, but this one was the most colorful. It was taken about 20 minutes before sunrise. It was early enough that the light from the sun was not directly touching the mountains but was high enough to touch the highest clouds with pinks and red. Because of the time of the year, not only was the moon coming between these two rock formations, but it also sets at approximately the same time that the sun peaks over the horizen.
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jmcl (14535) 2007-07-13 22:34
Wonderful image .. mixing a special place with a special time .. I was just down here last week ... now you are making me want to make the trek again .. I love how you have used the stone to serve as a barrier between the colors of the sky .. love it!
Newair (323) 2007-07-14 0:01
Your efforts paid off! The colors are fantastic and the inclusion of the moon adds so much. The sun is just enough to barely paint these rocks with light - this is great.
I was at Arches NP last year around this time - I camped out in Devils Garden campground and really tried to wake up before the sun 3 days in a row. But, I just went back to sleep, not motivated enough. Perhaps next time. Thanks for sharing!
bluebubble (290) 2007-07-17 12:14
I like these soft pinks contrasting with the sharpness of the rocks and the cold blue.
Thanks for this great view!
davidmoonkhan (156) 2007-09-22 23:02
There is much exertion here, flawless colurs, maybe it would be more affecting,
- Copyright: Hubert Weldon (gravatar) (1586)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-07-01
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: GS 645 Wide, Fuji Provia 100F
- Exposure: f/6.8, 1 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-13 19:15