Saturday, April 3, 2010

A multimedia tour of the magnificent Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah

Entrance of Bryce Canyon National Park

After my visit to Antelope Canyon in Arizona, I took you on a multimedia tour of Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah, a well known spot for photographers. If you click on the pictures you will be redirected to my webpage to see a larger size and have the option also to order prints  and licenses. Please hit  the back button  of  your  browser to go back to this page. Enjoy your visit!

Bryce Canyon is one of the jewels of United States National Parks and located just North of Zion National Park in Southern Utah. The 18-mile-long park road allows you drive along the plateau rim and stop to up to 14 viewpoints amongst them Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration, Bryce points which encircle the main Bryce amphitheater.
The first day of this 2 days trip was spent visiting Inspiration, Bryce and Sunset points. Standing on the edge of the rim at Inspiration point, the first thing that came to mind is how Nature could manage to make such complex and beautiful structures? These tall thin spires of rock, also called hoodoos, were not formed by wind but by successives freeze/thaw cycles over the years. As erosion continues inexorably, these spires will be gone in few thousand years.

Inspiration point entrance

Bryce canyon amphitheater from Inspiration point

Panoramic view from Inspiration point (58 megapixels)

Panoramic view from Inspiration point

Powershot G9 set up for infrared shot (see result below)

Infrared panoramic view from Inspiration point

View of the amphitheater  from Bryce point is quite spectacular and you can admire its amazing geological features.

Panoramic view from Bryce point

Infrared panoramic view from Bryce point

Sunset point was the last stop of the day, just it time to see  the rocks turning to a nice golden color.

Panoramic view from sunset Point

View of Bryce canyon amphitheater from  sunset point

22 millions megapixels panoramic view from Sunset point (HD video of the left hand side below)

HD timelapse video of shadow moving on the spires

Bryce canyon amphitheater large hoodoo at sunset point

From there, we went down on the Navajo loop trail, where you can have a spectacular view of the hoodoos from below. Speaking from experience, you have to be careful not to slip on the  icy trail especially when carrying photo equipment…

View from the Navajo trail

View from the bottom of the Navajo trail

Second day’s trip started with an early visit to Sunrise point. We arrived just in time to set up the camcorder to record sunrise which was at 5.30 am braving temperature of below zero Fahrenheit (minus 18 degrees Celsius).

Sunrise over Bryce Canyon from Sunrise point

Sunrise over Bryce Canyon from Sunrise point

HD timelapse video of sunrise over Bryce Canyon amphitheater

Trail to Sunrise point at dawn

Later in the day, the sky was cloudy and we went to Paria viewpoint. In winter, the road is close but easily accessed by cross country skiing. The view was not as spectacular as Inspiration and Bryce points because there are less stone formations.

Panoramic view from Paria viewpoint

Bryce canyon from Paria view

Beside a good workout, you can enjoy there a pure silence and listen to your footsteps in the fresh snow.

Despite freezing temperatures, visiting Bryce canyon in winter is truly an unforgetable experience and a paradise for landcape photographers. Be prepared, in addition to your tripod, to carry additionnal batteries and memory cards, you will probably need them. A cloth tissue can also be useful to clean up condensation which builds over time between the filter and the lens. If you have been there also, feel free to post the link to your pictures in the comments.

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1 comment:

Scott Griffin said...

To be honest I didn't know that it snowed down in Bryce Canyon. All of the Bryce Canyon Tours that I have been on have been during the spring or summer and I've never seen snow down there. So when I saw pictures of Bryce Canyon with snow I was shocked and thought they were fake. Thanks for sharing these photos.