Onward to Canyonlands National Park

Stormy sunset in CanyonlandsStormy sunset in Canyonlands / Photo by Matso

The first part of my trip is over. Now on to Canyonlands National Park in Utah. We’ll get there Friday morning and will hopefully get a spot in the Squaw Flat campground in the Needles District.

I’m a little worried about getting a spot seeing as how it’s a holiday weekend and there are only 26 sites available on a first-come-first-served basis. Lamia will probably not be too upset if we have to check into a hotel and sleep in a bed.

For me, the big advantage of camping out is that it makes it easier to do some nighttime photography. The photos of the star-filled skies I’ve seen from the park are stunning.

Of course, in my opinion, nothing really beats a jaw-dropping sunset.

My brother-in-law, who is also a photographer, and I haven’t come up with a shooting schedule. A couple of the locations we’d like to shoot are pretty far hikes out, meaning you’d either have to hike a couple hours in the pre-dawn darkness or after nightfall to be in position for sunrise or sunset. Neither of those options are really appealing. My guess is that it doesn’t really matter where we are because there will be great landscapes in all directions.

I’m hoping the weather gods will comply and give us some cloud cover. I can take care of the dark and stormy part in post-production.

Right now, the forecast calls for isolated thunderstorms on Friday and Sunday and partly cloudy on Saturday. Here’s hoping that stands up.

Image of the sunset in Canyonlands is by flickr userĀ – Matso – and is used here under a Creative Commons license.


Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.

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