The Colorado River makes many twists and turns. This particular meander is a few miles south of the Utah Border, and north of its entrance to the Grand Canyon:
The river lies some 1000 ft. below this overlook, which is an easy hike from the roadway. It’s always an interesting experience to visit these sites and stay until it’s dark, but make sure to stay away from the edge!
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Traveling west from the town of Delta, Utah one will find……. well, not much, which makes it perfect for a clear view of the night sky:
This view is from the (almost) dry lake bed of Sevier Lake, one of those spots that can be rather eerie at night.
The Silver Island Mountains, just north of the Bonneville Salt Flats, at night (well, almost night):
The opening view of this panorama features a bright band of light which extends up and intersects the Milky Way. This is the Zodiacal Light, which is not the porch light of a palm reader, but illuminated dust and debris in our solar system which is concentrated along the same plane as the planets orbiting our sun. A link below the panorama tells more about this phenomenon.
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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.
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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.
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