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Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-20
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon AF-S 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6G VR ED DX
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-10-29 6:28
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One of the most fascinating landscapes Ive ever seen. This is a photo taken from the rim. The day after we walked a trail through the hoodoos.

Bryce Canyon National Park is a National Park located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bedsedimentary rocks.

The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m).

The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874. The area around Bryce Canyon became a National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a National Park in 1928. The park covers 35,835 acres (55.992 sq mi; 14,502 ha; 145.02 km2) and receives relatively few visitors compared to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, largely due to its remote location.

Geography and climate
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of and 1,000 feet (300 m) higher than Zion National Park. The weather in Bryce Canyon is therefore cooler, and the park receives more precipitation: a total of 15 to 18 inches (380 to 460 mm) per year. Yearly temperatures vary from an average minimum of 9 F (−13 C) in January to an average maximum of 83 F (28 C) in July, but extreme temperatures can range from −30 to 97 F (−34 to 36 C). The record high temperature in the park was 98 F (37 C) on July 14, 2002. The record low temperature was −28 F (−33 C) on December 10, 1972.

The national park lies within the Colorado Plateau geographic province of North America. Park visitors arrive from the plateau part of the park and look over the plateau's edge toward a valley containing the fault and the Paria River just beyond it (Paria is Paiute for "muddy or elk water").
Bryce Canyon was not formed from erosion initiated from a central stream, meaning it technically is not a canyon. Instead headward erosion has excavated large amphitheater-shaped features in the Cenozoic-aged rocks of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. This erosion exposed delicate and colorful pinnacles called hoodoos that are up to 200 feet (60 m) high. A series of amphitheaters extends more than 20 miles (30 km) north-to-south within the park. The largest is Bryce Amphitheater, which is 12 miles (19 km) long, 3 miles (5 km) wide and 800 feet (240 m) deep. A nearby example of amphitheaters with hoodoos in the same formation but at a higher elevation, is in Cedar Breaks National Monument, which is 25 miles (40 km) to the west on the Markagunt Plateau.
Rainbow Point, the highest part of the park at 9,105 feet (2,775 m), is at the end of the 18-mile (29 km) scenic drive. From there, Aquarius Plateau, Bryce Amphitheater, the Henry Mountains, the Vermilion Cliffs and the White Cliffs can be seen. Yellow Creek, where it exits the park in the north-east section, is the lowest part of the park at 6,620 feet (2,020 m).

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
Geen Barcelona?
Het lijkt wel een kerk zo mooi
hoe is het mogelijk ,de natuur is prachtig als je het ziet

pracht opname Peter
bedankt gr lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-10-29 9:12]

Hallo Peter,
The castle-like ..
Fine details and splendid sharpness and perfect focus.
Best wishes,

very impressive Peter - thanks for showing

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-10-29 11:11]

Hello Peter,
This is a fantastic geography lesson in photo and text...Absolutely fascinating.
I like a lot this panoramic POV! It is simply great! And many thanks for showing us so beautiful place!Regards Sigi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-29 11:12]

Hi Peter,not easy to comment a landscape so beautiful,you have raison,this is one of the most spectacular places in the world,and the pic is great,well done and very sharp,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

The scale of everything in the US seems to be grand and this creation of nature is one of them. What a view, Peter!
Thanks for sharing this.

Hello Peter,

What a beautiful photograph! .....sediments of gravel, sand and mud which were cemented into solid rock. But acid rain is going to be fatal for its erosion.
Nice POV with foreground to back ground well focus details. Very good work.
Thanks for showing,
Regards and have a nice WE,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-10-30 10:06]

Hi Peter,
Excellent colours and nice landscape. Perfect detail and focus.
Regards Jiri.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-10-30 17:15]

Hello Peter,
A gorgeous shot of Bryce Canyon from an attractive vantage point. The colors are stunning and the exposure perfect. The entire frame is filled with excellent detail of the hoodoos as well as the outlying countryside.
It's hard to believe that many people have never heard of Bryce Canyon, I was one of them until the year 2000. This has since become one of our favorite canyons to visit.

Hi Peter,
I agree with you, this is one of the most fascinating landscapes I've ever seen. Wonderful as it is. There's a little background noise on the photo, however, it doesn't spoil this attractive image. Superb PoV and composition, congratulations!
Kind regards, Lszl

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