Sharing moments in time…

A view from one of our (closed) National Parks – Arches


This is a photo I took about 2 years ago in the Arches National Park near Moab Utah.  I thought it appropriate to post this as we are all being deprived of some of these sights during the current government closure.  It is a little busy but I wanted to capture many aspects of the landscape – the desert, the desert foliage, the red rocks and the snow covered mountains in the distance.  This was an incredibly beautiful, quiet and serene setting and it was in an area of the Park where my wife and I were the only ones there.  Another reason that this came to mind is that we currently have friends from China who are in the middle of a month long, once in a lifetime trip to the US.  So far they have been unable to enjoy the sights of Washington DC and they are currently on their way to the Grand Canyon – I can only imagine what they must think of our current governmental issues.  In any case, I hope this scene calms you like it does me.

A temporarily (I hope) lost treasure.

A temporarily (I hope) lost treasure.

8 responses

  1. The scene is breathtaking – the lighting, the colors, that sky…It’s incredible. And the composition of your photo is amazing. I love how you captured all the different aspects in one photo and the depth is beautiful. Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend!

    October 10, 2013 at 10:57 am

    • Thanks Dounia! I’m glad you like all the elements of the photo – I always have a tough time in scenes like this trying not to make them too “busy” and distracting.

      October 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

  2. It is so sad, the state of Federal Parks at the moment…
    This photo is intriguing…so different from what I have ever seen and kept from the experience of others who might have had the chance to view such a breathtaking and awesome sight.
    Thank you.
    Peace
    Siggi

    October 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    • Hi Siggi! Good to hear from you again. It is definitely a sad commentary on our current “leaders” in Congress. Arches is a magical place – especially at sunset. We had walked through one of the huge rock arches but then continued off the beaten track to where I took this photo. No people around and very quiet except for the sound of the wind passing through the sagebrush.

      October 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      • Comment #2. Thank you for your comment…
        This should be the busiest weekend of the fall … I live and travel the only road to the entrances of Acadia National Park…Mount Desert Island and Winter Harbor further Downeast. Quiet is the word for here…a few tour buses that are far from filled as far
        as I can tell, and the lack of RVs, campers and cars is eerie.
        The weather has been very accommodating, and the sunrises and sunsets awesome.

        The financial toll to the businesses that counted on this weekend are suffering, and some just closed … no need to open

        Appreciate your photos speaking for the beauty in the world of our National Parks.

        Peace
        Siggi

        October 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

      • Siggi – Thanks for your comment – impacts to ordinary people across the entire country when something like this happens are always grossly underestimated. I hope that we get over this insanity very soon.

        October 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

  3. Amazing shot…
    It’s very sad that all this parks are closed now. 😦
    I’ve been there last august and I don’t want to think what feel tourists arriving from around the world at this time and are closed… like your chinese friends…

    October 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    • It is indeed sad Max – especially since it was completely avoidable. Thanks for coming back!

      October 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

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