Delicate Arch. Delicate Arch is a 60-foot-tall freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park. It was a 1.5-mile hike to get to this Arch for a sunset shot. There were probably over a 100 people there that evening.
North Window Arch. An easy hike to this arch. Sheila Bruner is on the left, enjoying the view.
North Windows Arch. A view underneath the of large span of rock on the North Windows arch. Notice the two people climbing up on the lower left that gives you scale perspective of how large this arch is.
Most of these lizards would scurry away but this guy wanted his photo taken. I think he wanted to be in the next TV commercial.
Double Arch. The Double Arch trail (0.5 miles/0.8 kilometer round trip) is a relatively flat, gravel-surfaced path that leads to the base of two huge arching spans. Double Arch is the tallest (112 feet/34 meters) and second-longest (144 feet/44 meters) arch in the park. See the people up on the lower left that show you how large this arch is.
Sunrise in Park Avenue.
Moonscape image of the North Window Arch. Sheila & I came here around midnight to get some this nightime shot of the stars shining through the Arch. I took several photos and this one had a meteor in it. The moon lit up the face of the arch.
Moonscape shot of Park Avenue. Had a nice long trail meteor come through the sky on this one.
The Delicate Arch. Different angle of this arch. Utah has this similar image on it’s states license plates.
Moonscape image of Park Avenue around 1 a.m.
Sheila named this formation “Giants Feet.” Does look like the toes of a giant sticking out of the sandy soil.
B&W image of storm clouds in Park Avenue .
Landscape outside the park.
We were out at Window Arch late at night when we heard someone walking up the trail. Turned out is was a young gentleman from Arizona who was camping there waiting for some friends to show up that night. I asked if he wanted a photo of himself standing in the Arch and he agreed. Gives you scale on how large this arch is. The moon light lit the scene up and a nice window of stars on the other side.
Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, spent quite a bit of time recently in Arches National Park just north of Moab, Utah. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks in a landscape of contrasting colors, land forms and textures unlike any other in the world.
The Three Sisters formation.
Caught a nice meteor racing across the sky in this image.
Even though the Milky Way is not as bright with the light from the moon, it gave the landscape some surreal lighting.
The Three Sisters formation shot from the other side later in the night as the moon was setting letting the Milky Way shine brighter in the sky.
Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, were out until 4 a.m. in the morning recently shooting the Milky Way and moonlight on the rock formations in the Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. “Moonlight does diffuse the Milky Way, but the moonlight gave a very eerie feeling to the landscape and the surroundings. We were the only people out there at that time of night. Go figure … It was a fun experience though.”
One large Goblin!
Just some of the Valley of the Goblins
A nice formation of these images on the top of a hill.
Near the north end of the park. I liked the waves in the landscape.
This park has some very unique scenery and formations.
This formation is called the “Three Sisters.”
Photo under the “Three Sisters” formation.
Stop sign going out of the park! Hard to read STOP!!
On their recent Utah trip, Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, visited Goblin Valley State Park. Here is his description:
“Journey to this strange and colorful valley, which is unlike any other in Utah. The landscape, covered with sandstone goblins and formations, is often compared to Mars. Explore the geology, among the nooks and gnomes. Goblin Valley includes an area where soft sandstone has eroded into interesting shapes, somewhat resembling goblins. In some spots, the rock formations are close together and produce a maze-like playground ideal for family explorations. Many people think the park landscape has a surreal appearance. A Hollywood movie, “Galaxy Quest,” was filmed at Goblin Valley State Park because of its unearthly scenery.
On their recent Utah trip, Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, visited Canyons National Park, the site of famous Mesa Arch. Here is what he had to say about the experience:
“The Mesa Arch sunrise shot is one of the most sought after photographic images in Utah. Every morning at sunrise, if there are no clouds hiding the sun, the sun’s rays light up the upper inside of the arch in a bright red glow. The problem is there is only room for about 10 to 12 photographers with tripods at this spot, so you have to be there early to get a spot. I got there almost three hours before sunrise ( 3:00 am) and there were already six photographers there! They were shooting the Milky Way with the Arch while waiting for sunrise to occur. I joined them in shooting Milky Way images, and about 4:30 a.m. more people started showing up. so we all set up in a row waiting for sunrise. By the time sunrise came, there were around 80 photographers there trying to get in to get a capture. It was insane, but I held my ground and got the image I came for. I included a shot of the some of the crowd after I left my spot to show you the craziness. I also have a daytime image I took the day before when showing you what it looks like in daylight. Sheila came with me on that hike but couldn’t convince her to get up at 2 a.m. the next morning for the sunrise event!
We took Highway 261 from Highway 95 to get to the valley floor going to Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley. There were 12-degree grades and a 5 mph speed limit on these switchbacks. Very steep and sharp turns. Thought I was going to lose my co-pilot on one of the turns. lol.
Valley of the Gods: To get there we had to travel a pretty long and rough gravel road.
Mexican Hat Rock. Had a moon rising to the left.
I stopped on Highway 163, where Forrest Gump stopped and turned around in the movie by the same name.
The spot on Highway 163 heading to Mounment Valley where Forrest Gump stopped running. There were a number of people stopping to photograph this scene as cars shot by going 80 mph.
Monument Valley: The Mittens.
Sunset on Monument Valley.
After a long, hot day touring Monument Valley, John Wayne set us up a beer!
Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, had quite a vacation, visiting many national and state parks in Utah. These photos are from their day in Monument Valley, which was used as the background scenery in many old westerns.