Needles at Dawn, Canyonlands

Needles Sunrise 1, Canyonlands

It should come as no surprise that in photography, as any other profession, you have to go the extra mile to get the better shot. Or in this case, about sixty extra miles.

The Needles District of Canyonlands National Park is right there on the map, as are plenty of descriptions of the dramatic rock formations to be seen, and the facilities to make you comfortable as you visit. BUT…it’s a sixty-mile drive, one way, from a main highway that’s already a lonely track in the desert. That’s apparently too much time for most people. And at the end of the road, there’s more: backpacking into the wilderness, getting up before dawn, dodging the heat and the scorpions.

No wonder few recognize this gorgeous scene. No wonder beautiful photography of the Needles is a rarity. But if you are in the rarity business, as I am, you eagerly do these things, with a smile, and with faith that the result will startle someone, or perhaps everyone. (Price Schedule B)

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