I recently returned from Moab, where a group of photographers from the Loveland Photographic Society, led by Rick Dunnahoo, drove and hiked around Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. I’m posting a couple of photos from that trip – there were many, many opportunities for great shots! The first is a scene from a rock grotto behind Navaho Arch. To get to this charming site, we hiked up a narrow “fin” of rock and walked past Landscape Arch (one of the longest spans in the Park). Navaho Arch is nice, but it protected a small grotto where hardy pinion and cedar trees had taken root. This cedar tree was hugging the rock face, and the green of its leaves made a wonderful contrast with the red rock.
The next photograph is one of those iconic Utah scenes that makes a visit to Moab special. Our leader selected the time we visited Moab to match the full moon, and the photograph below shows the moon rising in one of the Windows Arches. I love the way the rugged arch frames the blue sky and bright moon.