The Colours of Bryce Canyon

I’m just back from a two week trip to the South West United States where I photographed extensively in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona with three superb photographers from Bristol. One of the highlights of our travels was undoubtedly the Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah.

We travelled to Bryce from Death Valley and the contrast in climate couldn’t be more dramatic: baking hot to minus 2 deg C and snow! Bryce isn’t correctly speaking a canyon but a series of amphitheatres containing delicate and colourful pinnacles of rock called hoodoos formed by erosion.

The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the mid 19th century and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who settled in the area in 1874. The area around Bryce Canyon became a National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a National Park in 1928. The Lodge built in the 1920’s is a wonderful place to relax and eat between shoots. Ideally we would have liked better sunrises and sunsets as this is when the magic happens for photographers. Some of the the hoodoos appear almost translucent and glow in the golden light. That said we got some fantastic shots and I’m now in the process of sorting through them and picking the best ones.

Impatient as I am, I’ve rushed a few through for this blog and hope that you like them. I have resisted the temptation to oversaturate the colours as so much of the tourist paraphernalia and web images that one sees are a sickly orange colour! There will be plenty more to come in the next few weeks! Enjoy and please give me your feedback. Thanks for reading my blog.

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