|The road to Monument Valley, where Forrest Gump ended his cross-country run in 1980.|
In mid-September I went on a Road Scholar photography tour of national parks in southern Utah and Monument Valley in northern Arizona. The trip was a repeat of the trip I took with them in May of 2014, but with a different twist: this time I was the paid photography "coach" for other members of the tour.
We had a great group of 26: husband and wife group leaders; our bus driver; me; and 22 interesting and congenial adults armed with everything from smartphones to the latest mirrorless digital cameras. And we had a blast!
As the photography "coach" for the participants, I had limited opportunities for my own photography. Nevertheless, I managed to find a few moments to make some images along the way. Some were standard shots of the iconic scenes:
Watchman and the Virgin River in Zion National Park . . .
Glowing hoodoos at sunset and sunrise in Bryce Canyon National Park . . .
Balanced Rock and the Window arches in Arches National Park . . .
Mesa Arch, Dead Horse Point, and Canyonlands . . .
and finally Monument Valley, the Navajo Tribal Park in northern Arizona . . .
Many of my images, however, were of details easily overlooked and overshadowed by the monumental vistas:
Water and colors in Zion . . .
Tree roots and plants in Bryce . . .
Sandstone patterns on the floor of Park Avenue valley in Arches National Park . . .
If you would like to view these and other images in a larger format, I have posted day-by-day galleries in my newly re-designed photography website, Todos Juntos Photography, which you can visit by clicking here.