May 2007 - 45 photos

On May 10th of 2007, I visited Arches National Park in Eastern Utah. I made this a one day trip from Ogden driving each way in about 4½ hours, leaving what I thought was a fair amount of time for hiking and photographing. I was wrong. It would take at least 2 days to photograph everything I wanted. I drove around the park taking photos of what I could see without too much walking, saving myself for a hike in Devil's Garden and later to Delicate arch.

One thing I really wanted to do was hike up to Delicate Arch, the main attraction in the park. I was told that it would be best to photograph in the late afternoon or evening, so I did the hike in Devil's Garden first, but hiking in the hot sun for six miles took too much out of me and I was unable to make the climb up to Delicate Arch later. The best I could do was to photograph it from the road with my big telephoto lens. The photo came out fairly good, considering that the arch was almost a mile away. (last photo on page 4).

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Stairs going up to Turret Arch in Windows area of park

Three weeks later on the 29th of May I went back for two days to do the hike up to Delicate arch and also through Fiery Furnace where there are some more arches. I walked in closer to some of the arches in the Windows area and more along the roadway that can only be seen by a short walk. I was able to get much better photos. I have replaced many photos here and some in the Devil's Garden hike.

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Windows area from Double Arch - (this arch is about 80 feet high)

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How are Arches formed?

The story geologists tell us - There was an underground salt bed thousands of feet thick, left by an early ocean and over time sand was deposited from a later ocean on top of the salt. This sand turned to rock becoming too heavy for the salt underneath. Moving faults made the subsurface unstable and some areas sunk while in other areas large domes of rock were pushed up. More faults caused vertical cracks to appear throughout these domes and over time surface erosion stripped off younger rock layers. Then water seeped into superficial cracks, joints, and folds. Ice formed in the fissures, expanding and pressuring the rock, breaking off bits and pieces. Wind later cleaned out the loose particles, leaving a series of free-standing fins. Wind and water then attacked these fins until the cementing material in some gave way and chunks of rock tumbled out. Many of these damaged fins collapsed. Others, hard enough and balanced, survived despite missing sec­tions. These became the famous arches found throughout the park. Pothole arches are formed by chemical weathering as water collects in natural depressions and then eventually cuts through to the layer below. This is the geologic story of Arches National Park, (Probability). The evidence is largely cir­cumstantial.

Information from National Park Service

   - 45 Arches photos -
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Trip to Arches National Park, 2007
Devils Garden Hike, Fiery Furnace Hike, Delicate Arch Hike, 2007 and 2012

Devil's Garden hike, 07
 Devil's Garden hike

Fiery Furnace hike, 07
 Fiery Furnace hike

Delicate arch hike, 07
 Delicate Arch, 2007

Delicate Arch, 2012
 Delicate Arch, 2012

I used a Canon EOS 20D, 8.2 Megapixel SLR Camera with a Canon EFs 17-85mm wide angle to 5x zoom and a Canon EF 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens for close-up photos.

Original photos were taken at aprox 3050 x 2000. These photos are set to 750 x 500 for faster loading. You are welcome to look at or download any of the photos. If you use them on any other webpage, please give credit and refer back to me.

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