I had the opportunity to explore the national parks of Utah with my family and I fell in love with this majestic state! I took the opportunity to try out landscape and night sky photography. I had to adjust my typical shooting style to capture the details. It was a wonderful challenge! We hiked through rivers and canyons and spent the days soaking up the gorgeous views. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe it! I’m not one who usually enjoys spending time outdoors, but I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone and push myself to try new things! My husband LOVES the outdoors and I’m SO excited to share this with him! We’ve already mapped out the national parks we want to visit in Europe! Enjoy a few of my favorite images! (And I’ve got other posts coming to detail my trip to Japan and South Korea…stay tuned!)
Zion National Park:
We spent our first two days here and the highlight for me was when we hiked The Narrows. The Narrows is the narrowest part of Zion Canyon, where you hike in the Virgin River! We rented special shoes, neoprene socks, and a walking stick and set off. We didn’t hike the whole way (16 miles) but we explored enough to know we want to go back again and do the whole thing! If you visit Zion, The Narrows are a MUST!
Bryce Canyon is home of the hoodoos! Hoodoos are caused by frost weathering and stream erosion. We hiked down into Bryce Canyon to view the hoodoos up close and personal. The views were breathtaking! Though, Bryce Canyon has a 9,000ft elevation at the highest rim, and the air gets pretty thin. At night, I tried my hand at star photography, which proved difficult to accomplish without a tripod! I loved the star photography so much, I ended up buying a tripod at our next stop!
Believe it or not this was taken in pitch dark! The clouds blocked some of the stars but I still enjoyed the overall effect!
Capitol Reef was full of surprises! We started at Escalante Staircase and hiked a sandy trail to a gorgeous waterfall, that I jumped in! It was FREEZING, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat! This was the most invigorating hike of my life. It was about 6 miles, but when we came to the clearing and set eyes on the waterfall, it filled us with renewed energy. An absolute must do if you visit Capitol Reef! Our legs and feet were tired so we drove most of the way through Capitol Gorge. We arrived too late to explore the Gifford Homestead so I’ve added it to the list for when I return!
The infamous waterfall!
Arches National Park:
I felt ill our last day so I didn’t hike any part of Arches. I explored Moab and found a camera store, so I picked up a tripod. I shot the night sky at Arches, which proved to be some of my favorite photos from the whole trip! The moon was full and really lit up the sky! I also went whitewater rafting my last day and completely fell in love with it! I’m anxious to go rafting again, I’m ready for more rapids!
I couldn’t believe how bright the moon was!!