How does your garden grow?

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It was Silver Bells and Cockle Shells for the Mary of nursery rhyme fame but the Devil apparently, prefers huge limestone fins and columns and arches!  The Devil’s Canyon section of Arches National Park is quite a sight to see.  Yes, there are some lovely wildflowers scattered around but, the real attraction are the profusion of fins (like those shown above) that jut up out of the landscape and a whole series of arches that can be seen from the trail which winds for over 7 miles through the northern-most portion of the park.

I probably should have planned this out better because this was the last place we visited at Arches and it might have been better if we had gone here first.

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Walking through the canyon that leads into Devils Garden (there are 2 hikers at the far end)

Taking the foolish tourist approach of course, I started at the Visitor’s Center and bounced around, pulling off at every formation that we went past.  We got to see alot but there were also many places that we didn’t have time to explore fully.  Since Devils Garden is at the very end of the road that winds through the park, we didn’t get here until our last day.  I had thought we were making one last swing through the park and since it was rainy, I didn’t expect to get anything good.

So, on this dark dreary day that was obviously a wash-out, we spent 4 hours re-visiting the Windows Section of the park and going to Fiery Furnace and Devils Garden and getting some of my favorite images of the trip.

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As soon as we left, I was planning another visit to Arches so that I could actually walk the many miles of the Devils Garden trail that we didn’t see as well as so many other places that we only touched on.  Anybody up for a field trip?

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Broken Arch
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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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