These four arches are a small sample of the many sculptured rock formations in Utah’s Arches National Park. In fact, people who count the arches in the park say there are 2,000 of them ranging in width from three feet to 306 feet. The state of the arches is changing all the time, with new ones being formed by ice, water and other environmental factors while others crumble away. Although it is still strong and not crumbling, the first in this series is named for the large crack at the center of the arch.
Love them all!
Thank you, Cindy!
Lovely indeed. Nice pics for this wonderful place. (Suzanne)
Thank you Suzanne! I think you love the red rock wherever you find it :-).
You are totally right. It does remind me of the Australian Outback and our trip to US Southwest (though we never made it to the Arches)
Fantastic landscape images of a stunning park, Pam.
It is such a great place. Thank you, Jane!
Arches National Park is one of my favorite places to explore with my camera. Your photographs are wonderful. Keep up the great work.
Thank you! I’d love to see your Arches shots. It’s an amazing place.
I have a new blog being posted tomorrow with some images from Arches. You are welcome to take a look once the blog is posted.
Another park we liked (despite the 104° temperature when we visited).
Oh, no! We did a fair amount of walking to get to the arches. At 104, I’d be worried about fainting. I know that’s not what you’d expect to hear an outdoor photographer say 😊.
Yeah, we had an umbrella so we’d have portable shade (Melisa would use the umbrella when I’d stop and take photos). Also, lots of water and we stopped often. The longest walk we had that day was 2 miles round trip. What amazed me was the people who were walking around without even a hat.
I would have to choose between an umbrella and a tripod :-).
Don’t they make hats with umbrellas attached to them?
I used a hat.
I think I had my tripod but at the time, all I had was the aluminum tripod. It gets very hot in the sun. In fairness, it also gets very cold in the winter.
A safari hat helped, but it was just hot! We were walking on some Namibian dunes, which absorbed a lot of heat. That added to the problem. I must say, I was a little worried about fainting and falling into the hot sand, but I made it through. I’m strange when it comes to heat. Good images though….coming soon :-).
Looking forward to them. I’ll compare them to mine . . . perhaps I’ll notice the additional weathering from when we visited. I think their long arch lost a few big chunks a few years ago or at least a part of it did. I remember reading something about it . . . the Landscape Arch. The trail that goes under it is closed now but before it did . . .
I think it was landscape arch that was closed when we were there. There was repair being done on the trail leading to it. Can you imagine seeing a big chunk fall off one of those!
Someone filmed it (toward the end):
Wow, that’s spectacular!