Just returned from a marvelous road trip to southern Utah with my friend Steve who I am mentoring in photography.
We drove 6 hours and spent the first three nights in Page which we used as our base camp for all our photo trips except Marble Canyon.
1. The Wahweap Hoo Doos
2. Old Pareah
3. The Toadstools (two trips)
4. Marble Canyon and Lee’s Ferry
5. The Vermillion Cliffs
6. Wahweap Marina
It was not only a fun trip, travelling with someone with whom you are sympatico with, but it was very rewarding contributing to Steve’s learning and growth as a photographer.
Our first stop once we arrived was the Lake Powell shore for sunset:
The next morning we headed out for the Wahweap Hoo Doos, a hike I was certainly not looking forward to.
Wahweap Hoo Doos
We drove in the easier way, but that meant an 8 mile round trip hike in the bright sun through a desolate sandy and rocky wash with 25-30 pounds on my back. Our instructions told us to skip the first and second set of hoo doos and proceed to the most photographic set about 600 yards past the first. By the time we reached the first set, I could not tell if it was the first second or third. It looked like what I had seen in photos. Nevertheless I spent about an hour and a half photographing them. When I finally got back to camp, exhausted and blistered, I realized I had photographed the first set, and never even got to see the second and third set. Bummer!
Here is a sample from that particular skunked shoot:
Our next destination was the Toadstools which we did on two successive days. This was only a two-mile round trip hike. A piece of cake compared to Wahweap. The Toadstool Venue moved me as much as any place I have ever visited. It was truly “other worldly”. We, at times were totally isolated and on a another planet. I will definitely return to shoot this amazing place at night under a full moon.
Our next adventure was to Old Pareah, what some call the most beautiful colors in the southwest.
The colors of the muddy river bed and brush were beautiful.
Last, but not least, we headed for Marble Canyon and Lee’s Ferry, a place I had traveled to prior. It certainly did not disappoint.
This last shot was how I felt when we first arrived to Pariah Beach. Compared to Utah, it was very hot, and the Colorado River was very inviting for a nice cold swim.
On the way home I caught a shot of the Vermillion Cliffs.
Nothing like sharing a passion for nature and photography with a good friend. Can’t wait to hook up with Shimon, soon, for a trip up the coast 🙂