After making the grueling* 4 mile round trip to photograph this wonderful arch, I was shot for the day. I went in with Susan, and it was an easy go as far as Landscape Arch but soon afterward, the trail went primitive and Susan turned back. I trudged forward with just my camera, my Tamron 28-275mm lens (so as to provide the greatest versatility in unknown conditions), a monopod and my walking stick. After climbing some distance, I pulled my monopod out of its bag and used it as an additional walking stick. I was so weary after another hour’s walk that I was ready to give it up and turn back. The day was waning, and I did not want to return down the trail in the dark. If it had not been for one returning visitor who informed me that I had only a short distance to go to reach the arch, I would have never taken this photo.
If you look closely, you will see one of two people who were perched atop this arch. They were likely scratching their names in the sandstone or something.
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA
*_grueling is subjective and has as much to do with my 55 year old body as it does with the condition of the trail. There were many, much younger than myself, who passed me on the way in and passed me on the way back before I reached my goal._
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Tamron 28-275mm lens
Handheld, single RAW image, processed in Photomatix Pro 3.2