Life happens while we’re making other plans

If there is one thing I learned from my trip to Colorado and Utah it is this: Don’t put your camera away just because you think the weather is turning ugly!  All through the week we were out visiting the National Parks, the weather was what I would usually call un-cooperative.  It was rainy, cloudy and sometimes, downright cold.  The surprising thing is, those conditions gave me some of my best pictures.

Rain produces rainbows, clouds reflect light and color and add dimension to flat-blue skies and cold conditions often make everything look sharper.  The shot above is in Arches National Park.  We were walking back from our hike out to see Delicate Arch at sunset.  Of course, my plan was to get that icon of Utah with a glorious sunset sky.  That didn’t happen.

So, we walked slowly down the steep slope hoping to make it back to our car before the approaching storm opened up the skies again.  The image above is the result of these “disappointing” weather conditions.  Wow!  Disappoint me more often.

Cache Valley Wash
Arches National Park
Southeastern, Utah, USA

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 18-105 zoom @ 18mm
1/60 sec at f/4  ISO 400
Processed with Adobe Lightroom and Nik – Color Effects Pro 4

 

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Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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