Bryce Canyon, Utah

If Zion is all solid and massive, Bryce is more airy and fragile – like the next big storm could wash it or blow it away…

one of the rock formations in Bryce Canyon

one of the rock formations in Bryce Canyon

The road signs are clear here, too: View point ahead, they say, like every fifty meters. And the view is really something – boundless space carved up by orange colored rocked formations.

looking out at the canyon

looking out at the canyon

another part of the canyon

another part of the canyon

still life with a crow

still life with a crow

The signs of fire are quite conspicuous at places…

a burned hillside

a burned hillside

a charred tree

a charred tree

a charred tree trunk

a charred tree trunk

The viewpoints are great, but I have a feeling that they somehow emphasize a certain outlook on things – looking down at natural formations, standing above them – the feeling of superiority…zion-bryce-291-2

chipmunks are everywhere in the park

chipmunks are everywhere in the park

a look into Bryce Amphitheater

a look into Bryce Amphitheater

So to get a more close-up look at the hoodoos (hoodoo – a pinnacle of odd-shaped rock left standing by the forces of erosion), we take the Navajo trail down towards the Queens Garden trail. (Those tiny speck at the bottom of the picture are actually people.)

starting out on Navajo Loop

starting out on Navajo Loop

going down on Navajo trail

Douglas fir on Wall Street

It is hard to watch our steps, because we are constantly looking up at the towering rock formations (the first part of the trail is called – very aptly – Wall Street)..If (for whatever reason) you ever wanna feel really small and insignificant, you can just take a walk here.

down on Navajo Loop

down on Navajo Loop

towards Queens Garden trail

towards Queens Garden trail

Navajo Loop

Navajo Loop

climbing up on the end of Navajo Loop trail

climbing up on the end of Navajo Loop trail

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the view from the end of Navajo Loop

the view from the end of Navajo Loop

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5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Iványi Ákos said,

    Wonderful pictures! It must be a great feeling to stand there above the rocks, and feeling the wind in your face…

  2. 3

    Ralf said,

    You got the eyes… Miss you a lot. Love you,Ralf!

  3. 4

    Jill Panitch said,

    Breathtaking photographs, Laura! I wish I could have joined you there…
    Love,
    Jill


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