Spending a day in Moab, Utah

“There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.”

Ansel Adams

Browsing through a thrift store’s used book library in Salt Lake City, I found a gem. A score! Ansel Adams’ autobiography, complete with photographs of him as a child, his early work on the road, and of course, his beautiful images of Yosemite National Park.  As I have stated before, landscapes have always been a hard image to capture for me. There is always either too much landscape, too little foreground, missed focus, mixed exposures, I could go on and on but let me just say, I am always disappointed.  When I found the autobiography I instantly started searching the pages for images of Yosemite. Being as I am out in the west, I wanted NEEDED to gain some inspiration from the master of landscape, particularly the mountains and high desert terrain. I’ve never had the chance to get to any desert areas, so I was beyond excited when Bryce threw out the idea of driving four hours to Moab just to see it. (and of course so I could take some photographs!) And surprisingly enough, one of his old friends was also in Arches park photographing landscapes and night time long exposures. !! Awesome! Photography buddy to walk around and see things with.

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”

Ansel Adams
We saw arches and balanced rocks, ravens and mule deer, hard shadows and one of the most beautiful and ever color changing sunsets ever.  I can totally agree with Bryce, he just kept saying “Wow! Turn your head for one second and something in the sky changes!” and It was totally true. Looking through my images, with every slight movement of the sun, the shadows or highlights created onto these huge rock formations, changed the way they looked and what shape or form your eyes were drawn to. So many shapes, and cracks, and colors and shadows and and and ugh.. everything was beautiful.

“Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph. Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search for identification with the vast world of natural beauty and the wonder surrounding him.”Ansel Adams

So here they are, just a few of my favorite images I captured yesterday while making awesome memories with the one I love, and some great new friends!

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