We rose early and ate breakfast pretty quickly. We knew that the sun was up! I, for one, got really excited each time we turned right into the park. Early and late sun illuminates the rocks in ways that you cannot imagine. Enjoy it quickly as it changes by the moment.
Near the east entrance, up on a hill, is a rock formation that reminds people of an elephant. To get the best photo you have to hike a short, somewhat steep trail. It is not difficult, even with a tripod. Light really affects the elephant's appearance.
Close to the Visitor Center and down an easy hiking trail is a rock formation called Balancing Rock. Unlike its Arches counterpart, this rock is NOT held in place by a cement collar. It does look precariously balanced! You can see it clearly from the road heading back to White Domes and Fire Wave and you can look up at it from the trail. It also changes its appearance throughout the day.
An interesting loop hike takes you about an hour to finish and has a really steep uphill or downhill section, depending on which way you hike it. If I were to do it again I think I would start the same way I did (easy) and when I got to the really steep rocky climb to get out I would simply turn around and go back the same way. It would take longer, but would be much safer for me. I think the images below are all from the area of White Domes, but I am not absolutely sure. Many photos from this area have been included in earlier posts.
As I sort through the many photos taken, there are many that I have no specific idea where they were shot, including some of my own!! It is not fair to say that one weird rock looks like another, although that came to mind! Enjoy some more photos that just give you a better idea of this fabulous place.
I was still going through my photos yesterday. A have deleted about 68 percent of them! I found two that I had missed earlier that with some brush work in the highlighted areas were decently recoverable. The first image was taken at 21mm with the Nikkor 14-28mm f/2.8 and the second one with the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye. I am putting in both so you can see the difference the focal length, seemingly tiny, can make in a small space.
All for this post. There are more photos to come and I am going back to Valley of Fire tomorrow. Yep, missed some. Thanks for joining us.