Photographer's Note

Leaving Jackson we had a long drive to Moab: about 520miles. Something we are not used to seeing in the UK is an instruction on the GPS indicating next turn in 150 miles. More than likely we would drive into the sea! ;D

Next morning we were at Arches National Park bright and early, although this shot was taken a bit later. John Munro sent us over some publications called “Photograph America Newsletter”. The recommendation for Double Arch that you see here, is for “When the sun gets a bit higher”. You can see why, when you notice the shadows. Earlier it was in full shade.

I tried various compositions and struggled to decide which to post. I fully intended posting the one that is now in the WS, but in the end I thought this close view had the most impact, especially when you see the size of the people. I chose my POV to ensure the tall rock through the arch was visible.

Arches National Park, contains the world’s largest concentration of natural arches. The reason for their formation is due to the park lying on top of an underground salt bed formed 300million years ago. As salt under pressure is unstable, the pressure of the rocks on top caused the salt layer to shift and buckle, thrusting the layers of rock upwards as domes, and causing huge cavities. Faults in the earth and millions of years of erosion and weathering have done the rest. The red rock is both Entrada Sandstone (most of the arches) and Navajo Sandstone.

ISO200, FL18mm,

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