Weekend Photos I

Saturday & Sunday, February 4-5, 2012

It was a lazy weekend for me and I ended up not venturing very far from home. I did manage to get out for a few hours each day and take some photos and do a little exploring in my Jeep. Here’s a few photos I took over the weekend.

I was originally planning on heading down to The Needles District of Canyonlands National Park on Saturday, but as I was driving towards Moab I realized that I had forgotten my circular polarizers at home. They would have come in handy for photographing some new rock art sites I was looking for, so I decided to cancel that plan and make the trip another day. I continued driving to the Richardson Amphitheater and waited for sunrise. Unfortunately, there was not a cloud in the sky this morning.

Early morning sunlight strikes the Priest and Nuns formation near Castle Valley.

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Priest and Nuns by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The sun strikes the red rock cliffs on the other side of the Colorado River.

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Road & Fence by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Driving back towards the highway as the sunlight creeps down the cliffs and fills the valley.

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Onion Creek Bench Sunrise by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I liked the way the early morning light struck the branches of this dead tree as I explored a rough trail on the Onion Creek Bench.

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Morning Tree & Mesas by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A view from the Onion Creek Bench towards Castle Rock and the Priest and Nuns.

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Onion Creek Bench by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

As I drove back home I spotted this Golden Eagle on a power line not far from the road.

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Golden Eagle by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Later that evening I drove up to the Colorado National Monument for sunset and found this pothole that reflected the lichen above.

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Reflection Point by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

As I was leaving the Monument I noticed the moon was rising between Balance Rock and the nearby cliff, so I had to stop for one last photo.

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Balance Rock & Moon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After a lazy Sunday I went back up to the Monument to take a few more photos before sunset. As I drove up the switchbacks beyond the east entrance, I stopped for a quick photo looking back towards the Grand Mesa.

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Monument & Mesa by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I liked the way the light was falling on the monuments in Monument Canyon when I arrived.

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Monuments by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the light falling on the Kissing Couple.

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Kissing Couple by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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