Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fall Hiking in Utah and Arizona, Part Four

Page Arizona &  Southern Utah, Sunday, Balloon Regatta and the Wave: Day Four, the last of this trip found me waking up at Bashful Bobs Motel in Page, Arizona pre-dawn looking for a few good locations to capture the mass ascension of the Balloon Regatta at sunrise throughout the town. After the Seventy-Plus Balloons took flight, I headed out to conquer "the Wave". The Wave is a beautful sandstone formation with color banding throughout in horizontal patterns. This was a very peaceful and isolated hike with no markings along the way and was a challenge for me (especially after the last three days of constant hiking), but this was truely the best of the hikes in the reward of it's powerful and intense beauty. Enjoy.

~ Glenn B.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fall Hiking in Utah and Arizona, Part Three

Southern Utah, Saturday, Grand Staircase Hoodoos, Lower Antelope, Horseshoe Bend: The third day of this four day journey started outside of Kanab, Utah applying for a permit (through a lottery system) to the Wave for Sunday. I was drawn, and then headed for some Hoodoos in Grand Staircase National Monument. The formations and landscape were breath-taking to say the least. After about an hour of hiking and shooting, it was time to head toward  Page, Arizona and Lower Antelope Canyon. Lower Antelope is just amazing! Impossible to describe, but images help. :) From Antelope, I went to Horseshoe Bend, along the Colorado River by Page, Arizona. This is a cool location and I wish I had a wider lens to do it justice, but I think I got a good image to show off it's 1000-foot drop to the river below in a nice horseshoe shape. That evening, I reserved a Motel room in Page, Arizona and didn't realize that the 7th Annual Balloon Regatta was happening that weekend! There were 26 Hot Air Balloons lining the main street in Page for a spectacular Balloon Glow! I talked with a few of the Balloonists and found out that they were planning a Mass-Ascension in the morning with over 70 Balloons! More on that in Part 4. Until then, enjoy!

~ Glenn B.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fall Hiking in Utah and Arizona, Part Two

Zion, Friday, the Subway: after the previous day's hike in the Narrows, I felt prepared for "the Subway". This hike is definitely more challenging than the Narrows, and actually was the most difficult hike I have ever done. On the way to the trailhead, there was a still pond that provided some spectacular reflections of some Fall foliage against a Mesa background. That was a serene and tranquil moment before the 3 hour intense journey to the Subway. The trail starts with a 500-foot descent to the creek, followed by multiple creek-crossings and a ton of scrambling to get to the final part of the trail which is where the rewards are. There are three spectacular sights at the end of the trail: the Cascades, the Crack, and the Subway itself. Here are a few images from this intense but worthy hike! ...enjoy :)

~Glenn B.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fall Hiking in Utah and Arizona, Part One

Zion, Thursday, the Narrows: the morning started with a shoot for a Fine Art series that I am working on with the talented Rom from St. George right outside of Zion in Springdale. The location was perfect for the vission I had and the shoot went exactly as planned. Then I suited up for a 6 hour trek up the Narrows in the Virgin River to "Wall Street". The hike was not nearly as difficult as the following days would be (the Subway and the Wave being the most difficult), but was a good start to wearing me out! The water was 52 degrees and the protective clothing didn't keep out the cold, or the water for that matter, but the scenery was spectacular and the experience was life-changing.

~ Glenn B.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Amazing day in Zion, started first thing shooting the versitle and willing Miss Rom in the Virgin River. The shoot was amazing and was followed up with a long journey upstream to Wall Street in the narrows. Tomorrow am is the subway! :) I love Zion in the Fall!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Today starts insane hiking in Utah & Arizona, hoping to get some amazing images for my Fine Art Prints. will update as much as possible!