In addition to photographing the mountains during our short fall color season, I did some exploring in the canyons near my home. I traveled to the Black Canyon, Dominguez Canyon and Escalante Canyon and was so surprised to see the variety of colors and diversity of plants in those areas.
Dominguez Canyon is so beautiful. I think that was my favorite place to shoot so far this year because I was so surprised by all the colors and the lighting. I have been to Dominguez in the spring but never in the fall. It truly matters what time of day you go as the canyon is so narrow and the shadows so deep. This is a “hike in” only where you walk over a mile along the railroad tracks just to get to the beginning of the trail. I could have stayed forever in the canyon, however, since I arrived late in the day, the light was falling fast so I only had about two hours to explore and shoot. I was so thankful I had my headlamp along as the walk back to my car was in darkness!
Escalante Canyon is very pretty as well and accessible by car or 4×4. Most of the property in private along the road so it is hard to get close to the river that winds it’s way through the canyon. Once it turns to public land, you can explore, however, it is limited but I was able to score some nice images here as well.
The Black Canyon is near and dear to me – see my previous post dedicated to it. The colors change early on in the season before they start changing in the mountains. I was lucky to get up there before all the color was gone!
Which image calls to you?
Little Dominguez Delight
Escalante River Gold
Big Horn Sheep