Red Rocks, Blue Sky and Desert Blooms
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We have designed this special 8 day tour of southern Utah for those interested in seeing more of this spectacular region. By staying 4 nights in Torrey and 4 nights in Boulder, we’ll be able to delve deeper into the region.
Over the years we have spent months exploring places to photograph within the southeast Utah region. During that time we have developed a deep appreciation for the stark contrast of colors and habitat that the area is known for. The slickrock country of southern Utah contains some of the wildest areas remaining in the lower 48 states. Landscapes and close-up subjects in this fascinating land are the focus of this tour. This is an exciting land of buttes, arches, mesas, deep canyons, and vast desert vistas. We’ll examine the subtle striations of Navajo sandstone and the brighter red hues of Wingate sandstone. The low sunlight of morning and evening saturates the spectacular slickrock formations, intensifying the multiple shades of beige, orange and red.
We’ll explore dry canyons with gnarled cottonwoods that have withstood late summer flash floods for hundreds of years. Here you’ll photograph the intricate patterns of Navajo sandstone, the purple stains of desert varnish on Wingate sandstone, giant cottonwoods, and (if it has rained recently) canyon reflections in small pools of water.
We also will photograph in Long Canyon in the slickrock wilderness of the Grand Staircase / Escalante National Monument. Here is where we’ll discover how the phenomenon of “canyon kick” bounces warm light off one side of a canyon to the other. We’ll also work within the spectacular Chimney Rock Canyon and Fluted Hills areas of Capitol Reef National Park and visit the monolithic form of Factory Butte just outside the park along with other options.
The patient nature photographer using a longer focal length lens may even be able to capture images of side-blotched and desert spiny lizards scampering over the rocks. If the weather is warm enough we may see the more reclusive collared lizard.
Wildflowers require optimal weather to bloom in this dry country. If we’re fortunate, conditions could provide slickrock paintbrush, penstemon, desert primroses, and prickly-pear and claret-cup cactus to photograph. Even without wildflowers, there is other plant life in the canyon country, such as the extensive stands of budding quaking aspen in the higher elevations of the Dixie National Forest.
Opportunities to make spectacular images are limited only by your imagination as we explore the varied and remarkable terrain of southern Utah.
This tour is designed to provide maximum time in the field when weather conditions are good for photography. Since this is a photographic tour, not a workshop, Rod will be making photographs alongside the participants. However, Rod will share his photographic expertise in the field. (There will be no instructional presentations.)
This tour is designed for intermediate – advanced photographers. During the tour emphasis will be placed on landscape and close-up photography. No effort will be made to photograph buildings or animals in poor coat. If you’re not sure if this tour is right for you, please contact our office and we’ll discuss it with you.