Photographer's Note

As with other sites in Utah, this is some of the most dramatic landscape in the world. There are four different districts of the Canyonlands National Park: The Needles, the Maze, The Green and Colorado Rivers, and this area, called Island in the Sky. It's located just a short distance (about 10 miles) from Moab, UT. This mesa is comprised of sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding landscape. It was created as a National Park under Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The canyons were created by the Green and Colorado Rivers. It was described as famous author Edward Abbey as "the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth-there is nothing else like it anywhere." I agree.

Point of note: much of this area is not for the faint of heart, or persons with a fear of heights! The sandstone cliffs, seen in the foreground here, are sheer and drop sometimes more than 1,000 feet to the canyon floor below. There are few guard rails, and visitors are usually free to climb on them, all the way to the edge, but at their peril. It was not at this particular site, but a day or so later, someone fell to their death at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona the day before we got there; he simply lost his footing and went over the edge, so accidents do happen, and not terribly infrequently. As my dad would say, "this ain't Disneyland," and wet stone can be extremely slippery, so exercise caution when venturing out to get photos of a lifetime!

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 78 N: 1002] (1817)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2018-05-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2018-08-06 12:41
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