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National Parks & the American West

June 5-17, 2015

As I've talked about in a few posts, like those here and here, in the summer of 2015 I had a chance to re-visit some of my favorite national parks in the west half of the country. Needless to say, the trip was a lot of fun, and unsurprisingly, very, very photogenic. So without further ado, these are some of the best images from my trip out west, to Zion Canyon, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Yosemite.

The weather throughout the flight there was very nice, making for a rather beautiful view of the canyons below.

More lakes! More canyons!

Landed at Vegas's McCarran Airport, with the Strip visible right next door.

Yet another look at a canyon + river view from the flight.

Las Vegas has a lot of human people.

I don't remember exactly where this shot was taken, but it was inside a hotel, and one of my favorites from the vacation.

In case I forgot to mention, the vacation was, in large part, a road trip through the deserts of the west. This is just one of the several 3-5 hour car rides.

One of the beautiful shots out the window from a car ride through Nevada.

I found this particularly stunnnig flower on a cactus in the Zion Canyon.

River flowing through the canyon.

Yet another view out the window on the way from Zion to Bryce.

A nice, panoramic view of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon.

Taken on the cruise tour in Lake Powell.

Taken on the way to the Horseshoebend, capturing the sky and the horizon nicely.

Another look at the Horseshoebend.


One of the better shots from the Antelope Slot Canyon, carved out sandstones by water.

I love how this one captures both the coarse texture of the canyon walls and the curves in the large-scale views.

My favorite shot from the Antelope Canyon. I love the way the light hits the canyon walls and strikes out different colors, with the blue coming from the sky and the red-orange from the canyon rocks.

The way the light from the sun conforms around the old tree is just stunning.

I got there a little bit late, but I did manage a nice sunset shot over the Grand Canyon. As sunsets over horizons go, this is one of the best places to enjoy it.

I liked the way the sunlight hit the rocks on the left, and the way the colors in the sky spread out into a rainbow.

One of the better sunrise shots over the Grand Canyon. Need I say more?

Last look at the Grand Canyon before we take off.

Something about this leaning tree....this is one of my favorite shots from the canyon.

Welcome to Yosemite, where the trees are older than the country it's living in.

More tall trees.

Single-shot look at the Yosemite Valley, from El Capitan to the Bridal Veil Falls.

This is a shaky shot (oops), but the motion blur and the clouds made for one of the coolest views in the entire trip.

Panoramic shot of the Bryce Canyon.

In this image I liked the way the red of the canyon walls popped against the greyscale of the gree and the clouded sky.