Long-time Scout friend Hal Rosen said he caught some good photos here, too — but none at this precise moment:
First you must get to Capitol Reef National Park, in Utah — one of Utah’s unfairly large number of five National Parks. Then you take your “high-clearance vehicle” (not necessarily 4-wheel drive) out on the dirt roads in Cathedral Valley, and you hope for a crystal blue sky like this one. Then you happen to get there just as the sun is right at the peak of the formation . . .
You had to be there. Mike Saemisch was there just over a week ago, on October 29, 2012, and fortunately caught this photograph with the Sun as part of a sparkling spire on a sandstone formation known as the Temple of the Sun.
Digital photography changes the way one tours these places. Fortunately. Take the kids, and make sure they find it on a map so they can use your trip as fodder for their 9th grade geography class.
- See Hal’s photos here, at his blog. He’s also got posts on Bryce Canyon NP and Kodachrome Basin State Park, with Grosvenor Arch, named after the father of our old friend Gil Grosvenor. Kodachrome, alas, is a thing of the past, killed by digital photography. Be sure to take a good digital camera and a clear memory chip when you go, to honor the name of the place, and the Grosvenors (of National Geographic Society fame). Kathryn and I spent great night as one of only two groups camping in Kodachrome Basin, near the height of tourist season in August, in the 1980s. We got there in a Chrysler Cordoba; better to use at least an SUV.
- Capitol Reef Rock Art (regehr.org)
- Canyons upon Canyons – Capital Reef National Park, UT (travelpod.com)
- A sudden breakdown in southern Utah (sfgate.com)
- The Big Picture: A Road Somewhere (motortrend.com)
- Picture a Day #286 – Highway 95 Adventure (jmnaszady.wordpress.com)
- Photos from Brian M, who did not have a high-clearance vehicle, but could still get 11 miles into this drive
- A different angle, at a different time, by Scott Jarvie: “A 3.5hr timelapse taken late on a cloudy night at the Temple of the Moon with the Temple of the Sun in the background. March 17, 2012.”