Since Mrs. PG recently published her latest book (Thank you, readers!) and PG has been swamped with work (Thank you, clients!), the PG’s were in need of a short break from their daily labors.
So they visited Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.
The two parks are about 112 miles apart in Southern Utah. If the PG’s could travel as Utah crows fly, the distance between the two parks would be much shorter, but this part of the state has a lot of mountains and not much population. Two lane roads connect tiny town with tiny town along a path that is never straight.
Capitol Reef was designated a National Monument in 1937 and made a National Park in 1971. The park is named for a line of cliffs comprised of white Navajo Sandstone with dome formations—similar to the white domes often placed on capitol buildings. The park includes part of Waterpocket Fold, where the earth buckled in a spectacular and roughly linear fashion extending for about 100 miles. Thus, Capitol Reef is approximately 60 miles long and six miles wide.
Here are a few photos from Capitol Reef. You can click on each photo to see a larger version.
Bryce Canyon has been a National Park since 1928.
Unfortunately, the day of our visit was overcast with light rain after we entered the park. As we traveled a bit higher, the rain turned to snow (yes, snow at the end of May). As an amateur photographer, PG will assure you that snow and thick clouds can be fine additions to some types of photographs, but if you want to take photos of enormous masses of colorful rocks and scenic vistas that extend for miles and miles and miles, snow and clouds are not your friend.
Fortunately the snow eventually stopped and, although we never had the lovely blue skies you can see over Capitol Reef, PG was able to grab a few photos. The second and third photos below were taken with PG’s iPhone because he didn’t want his real camera to get wet. Since the originals looked pretty bland, he did some postprocessing to bring out a bit more color.
The last photo is a panorama taken with the iPhone. It’s about a 160 degree view. Click on the photo to see it better.
UPDATE: PG processed these with a laptop he primarily uses when traveling. When he pulled the post up on his home computer, the colors in some of the photos were stronger than he expected after looking at them on the laptop.
You can adjust some monitors to correctly display colors, but perhaps one in ten thousand users do so.