PHOTOGRAPHS 3
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Delicate Arch  

 In Arches National Park, of course. Delicate Arch is one of the few free-standing arches in the world and is certainly one of the most beautiful arches anywhere. I took this on the Winter Solstice as the sun was setting. The nature of the light changed from minute to minute.   

I used a Pentax 6X7 medium format camera with Fuji Velvia transparency film.

 
 

Distant Thunder  

As I drove home from my downtown office one evening I could see an interesting pattern of valley thunderstorms setting up. When I got home I grabbed my camera bag and rushed to the top of the Colorado National Monument, hiked down to this spot, and set up my camera on a tripod.
I snapped a few shots of the storms and rainbows when a violent storm approached my position, forcing me to take cover under a sandstone ledge as rain came down and lightning struck nearby. When the storm passed I resumed my position — by then the sun was setting, the moon rising, and the light was perfect. It was strictly by chance that I captured the lightning. 
 

I used a Pentax 6X7 medium format camera with Fuji Velvia transparency film.

 

Earth Shadow La Sal  

The mountains are the La Sal Mountains near Moab, Utah. The foreground is Pinyon Mesa in Mesa County, Colorado. The effect is called earth shadow because the rising sun illuminates the sky imparting a magenta hue while the land is still in the shadow of the earth. The aspen this year were as bright and colorful as I have ever seen them. The color is all natural.   

I used a Pentax 6X7 medium format camera with Fuji Velvia transparency film.

 
 

Havasu Falls    

To reach Havasu Falls you start at the top of the Grand Canyon and hike 10 miles through the Havasupai Indian Reservation. The desert landscapes turns to a lush tropical valley as one descends the 3,000 vertical feet to the falls. I shot approximately 200 photographs of the falls to get one where the light was just right. The place is magical!   

I used a Pentax 6X7 medium format camera with Fuji Velvia transparency film.

 
 

Blue Mesa Log Jam   

This incredible accumulation of petrified logs resides in a remote, hard-to-access, corner of Petrified Forest National Park in northern Arizona in the Chinle geologic formation. This is probably the most amazing array of naturally occurring petrified logs in the world. The average diameter of these logs is 2 to 3 feet. They are ancestors of Araucaria trees and grew to hundreds of feet in height during the Triassic Period, some 225 million years ago. It took me 8 years to get permission to access this spot.   

I used a Pentax 6X7 medium format camera with Fuji Velvia transparency film.

 

Giant Four O’Clocks  

This clump of Giant Four O’Clocks caught my eye as I was riding my bicycle up the road on Colorado National Monument. After the ride I returned with my camera.   

I used a Pentax 6X7 medium format camera with Fuji Velvia transparency film.

 

Monument with Snow  

The background shows the cliffs and spires of Colorado National Monument. The tall, narrow spire is Independence Rock, which rises 450 feet from the canyon floor. The homes and ranches in the foreground are in the Redlands area of Mesa County.   

I used a Pentax 35 mm film camera with Fuji Velvia transparency film. Available only in 16 by 24.

 

Mount Saint Helens   

Missing the top 1300 feet due to the 1980 volcanic explosion that took the lives of more than fifty people, Mount Saint Helens is still a beautiful site as well as an interesting geologic feature. The puff of smoke rises from the ever-expanding cinder cone in the caldera. The prominent flowers in the foreground are fireweed.   

I used a Pentax 6X7 medium format camera with Fuji Velvia transparency film.

Cold Morning at the Coke Ovens

by Frank Daniels

The coke ovens rock formation resides in Colorado National Monument. It was an extremely cold morning up there.

 I used a Pentax 6X7 medium format camera with Fuji Velvia transparency film.

Aspen Above Lost Lake

by Frank Daniels

On this day I had a hard time finding good aspen color so I climbed to a ridge above Lost Lake where the color was peaking and turned my attention to the sky. I used a Pentax 6X7 medium format camera with Fuji Velvia transparency film.

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