Warm Light in the West by jeffclow

I was standing at this spot in the Professor Valley of Utah alone one late afternoon day and the moment seemed frozen in time.

No evidence of man in front of me and just a deeply hidden memory in my brain of all the times I watched westerns as a kid and thought of places like this as “the old west”.

I kept listening for the sounds of a cavalry bugle to echo across the landscape…

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The Edge of Tomorrow by iluvmtns2

This was my first time to Dead Horse Point, I arrived in the parking lot about 25 minutes before sunset. Not knowing where the best vantage point would be I franticly rushed around the edge of the canyon at Dead Horse State Park. I come to one spot I guess where most people shoot from which was lined with cameras but wanted a different take for this canyon, so my rush continued with real fear I would not find my different spot before sunset. Not much color yet, lots of clouds along with the man made clouds from heavy arousal spraying for several days, which I believe is the reason for the haze in the canyon and the great colors in the sunset.

Finally I found this spot which did not have so many people close by, I had to stay back from the edge so as not to get numerous people in the shot and I liked the beauty of the rocks where I stood as part of my foreground. I know my composition could have been better but this is what happens when you are up against nature’s time clock. The sunset showed off for me, so happy for that and so worth my frantic rush to get this shot. My sister is sitting nestled down on a small ledge to the right to take some shots of her own, she is so small in comparison.

The park is so named because of its use as a natural corral by cowboys in the 19th century, where horses often died of exposure.

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Double Arch from Inside by WaynePinkston

This is a panorama taken from inside Dulble Arch in Arches National Park, Utah. Taken with a 15 mm Sigma Fisheye lens to include both arches and the opening in the roof. This is a re-edit from an earlier photo that received some well deserved critical comments. At least a few flaws have been corrected!

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Church Rock by THEBliss

Church Rock is a solitary column of sandstone in southern Utah along the eastern side of U.S. Route 191,[1] near the entrance to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

With majestic Colorado and Green River canyons, Canyonlands, this 200 foot roadside oddity near Monticello is called Church Rock. It seldom attracts more than a casual glance as visitors head toward Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument and the Needles district or drive between Moab and Monticello.

One of the interesting pages of 1930’s myths tells about Church Rock, and how the gumdrop shaped rock earned its name. The story is that Marie Ogden’s Home of the Truth, an Utopian community, was erroneously responsible. Ogden was a spiritualist during the 20’s, giving lectures across the U.S. on spiritualism, until she came to San Juan County, Utah. She allegedly called San Juan County and Church Rock “the spiritual center of the universe.” With a small band of followers, Ogden’s group moved onto a tract of barren land along Utah’s Route 211 in 1933, calling it the “Home of Truth.” Members turned all their worldly goods to Ogden to join her Home of Truth, abiding by a strict code of conduct, were expected to work for the common goals of the settlement. Women tended to the domestic chores and men worked the arid farm acreage. Not far from Church Rock are the remains of Ogden’s ghost town. A few buildings and a small cemetery are all that remain of the Home of the Truth community, found on a ridge called Photograph Gap. After the community broke up, Ogden stayed in Monticello and became the owner and publisher of the community newspaper, The San Juan Record, in the 1940s. She died in the 1975 and is buried in Blanding.

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Marlboro Point by DustinLeFevre1

I have returned to this view many times hoping to find catch a sky to compliment the canyon. This time I returned with fellow photographer Chad Dutson who had never made the trip down this 4 wheel drive road. The sky looked like it has potential but a few minutes after sunset we were blown away with the way the color exploded. I abandoned what I thought was a good composition earlier and frantically ran around until I found this view. For this exposure I opted to stack a CPL with a 5 stop ND for a longer exposure of roughly 3 minutes.

Chad Dutson has a gallery showing at Dead Horse Point State Park through October. For anyone that is in the Moab area it is worth checking out.

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