Arches National Park at Night

A view of rock towers against the night sky in Arches National Park:



Walking among these dark shapes looming against a starry backdrop is well worth the effort of visiting at what some might consider an odd time of day.  The 2 meteors in this panorama were a happy accident which I was unaware of while I kept my eye on the camera for each exposure to end.

A note to Windows XP users:

As computers, tablets and other devices have evolved over the years it has become increasingly difficult to make panoramas play well across all devices.  The software and settings we are using now are intended to provide the best possible experience on each device, but an unfortunate consequence is that the panoramas “hang up” on some Windows XP machines.  Please accept our apologies; compromises are never fun.  If you are an XP user you might want to consider an upgrade, not for our panoramas, but for the increased security that newer, supported operating systems provide.

Thanks so much!


Arches at Twilight

Early evening can be a time when all elements come into perfect harmony.  Moonlight, twilight, starlight, and distant city lights can combine in a perfect moment:


The sky in this view provides many visual treats such as star clusters, jet contrails, and a couple of satellites.  The long camera exposure has made the first quarter moon (half illuminated) appear as a round beacon in the sky.  See the panorama footnotes for more information.

Thank You for Viewing!


Delicate Arch

An iconic Utah landmark:




Along the trails in Arches National Park, one hears a variety of languages spoken.  It’s a popular place.  All those visitors need pictures of themselves at the park, and I’ve found a new calling in life ……… taking pictures of tourists using their own cameras.  Once I figured out which way to point the phones and where to click, they started to look pretty good.  It’s a great way to meet new people.