Friday, July 2, 2010

Bryce Canyon National Park with new glass

While here at Zion we have now made two trips to Bryce Canyon National Park, about 80 miles away and still want to go back but will save that for another trip back to this area of the country.

We hiked the rim trail and every few steps had to stop so Dick could take more pictures. This Park must be one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is one of the first pictures taken during the first stop on the trail.

A warm day, blue sky and fluffy clouds give a backdrop to the red hoodoo's that fill the canyon.

A little closer look will show some of the trails down in the valley.

You will have to blow up this picture to see the hiker in the lower right just about ready to go through the arch. This gives you some idea of the scale of the area.

Had to get a shot of the two of us again standing on another edge.

A view of the hoodoos through an arch in the upper layers of sandstone.

Another area of the Canyon but showing the amount of erosion at the top of the rim. Like the Ranger said "the seed for the tree was not planted 18" above the ground. We find it amazing that trees can continue to live with their roots exposed like that.

Dick finally ordered and received his new glass (lens) for his camera and has been trying different things with it. Today was the first time that he was able to get out in the field and take some pictures with it.

The new lens is a Sigma 70-300mm, F4-5.6 fully automatic with Macro. The next shot of a hoodoo was taken at 70mm, and...

showing the trees growing at the top at 300mm. Just like you are sitting there.

Here are some of the last shots for the day using both lenses. The old lens at 18mm. Can you see the two little trees on the top white rock in the center?

Now lets zoom again with the old lens to 55mm.

With the new lens set at 70mm...

and finally at 300mm, a little overexposed but you get the picture (pun intended). Dick has also used the new lens shooting wild flowers and wild game here at Zion but will have to save that for another time.

I must say this was the most difficult series of pictures to just pick out a dozen or so to share because there are so many awesome shots that Dick took. That new lense is just so fun!!!

Are you getting tired of red rock yet? We aren't. In fact, when we came back into Zion after the trip to Bryce, we both commented about how beautiful the trip is (even with the road torn up and very uncomfortable!).

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Deanna said...

That new lens sounds amazing. Is it heavy?

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picinichml said...

once again... beautiful shots. I can't believe anything can grow in that environment, especially those trees.

Walter said...

Wow! That park was really a breath-taking one! It really looked so wonderful and its majestic views would just take my breath away. Different parks here in our country, no matter how small or how big it is must always be kept well-maintained for it will make it more appealing to the visitors. Like the Denver, Colorado parks that are always clean even after rugby games, Denver Colorado parks and recreation still looked so wonderful.