This photo was taken in Bryce Canyon National Park, from the aptly named Sunrise Point. We arrived at Sunrise Point 20-25 minutes before sunrise and the actual sunrise point was completely filled with people, so we decided to hike down the trail just far enough that we could enjoy sunrise in relative peace. Being late May, the temperatures were quite cool, which may come as a bit of a surprise given the warmth of this photo. As the sun approached the horizon off to the left of the photo, the clouds began to light up with brilliant color and the canyon got enough light to see the details without the harsh shadows that would appear in the canyon minutes later. This photo is a nice example of how the best sunrise/sunset photos aren’t always taken with the camera pointed towards the sun.
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of several great national parks in the state of Utah. One of the appealing things about Bryce Canyon is that it is a relatively compact national park and you can see the highlights in a single day (or an afternoon and the following morning, as we did) and not feel like you missed too much. This is good since there are many other great national/state parks a stone’s throw away. Bryce Canyon is known for it’s hoodoos, tall irregularly shaped columns of rock. The Bryce Amphitheater (pictured below) is filled with an impressive collection of hoodoos and several amazing hiking loops to get down into the canyon and get a closer look at the hoodoos. This photo was taken from the top of the Peek-A-Boo loop hike in the late afternoon.