It’s a hot August day in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. What I love about Arches, and the Southwest in general, is how foreign much of the terrain looks compared to the green rolling mountains to which I’m accustomed. The light is severe and the rock structures alien.
In this color photograph, two immense Entrada Sandstone arches give the very impressive Double Arch its name. To appreciate its massiveness, find the tiny person in the photo, just climbing up out of the shadow of the foreground arch. I climbed up to the base of the background arch myself, and it was a sheer drop on the other side of it.
The foreground arch forms a rough oval opening near the center of the frame. The rock formation extends out to the left, in sun, and to the right, in shadow. Through it you can see the second arch curving down to meet the rock wall in the background. The light-colored sandstone shows many dark striations in its shadowed portions. Beyond and above the arches, three sections of light blue sky highlight the tan sandstone structures.
35 mm, color.
Negative scanned at 4000 DPI to create a 5600 × 3664 pixel image.
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