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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bryce Canyon, Take II

So, yes, I've already been to Bryce Canyon. Twice, actually. And if you've been around since the beginning, some of this may look familiar.

However, a lot has changed since my last visit to the park. Namely, my camera, and my photography skills. So I hope no one will mind the excessive amounts of photos in this post (and in the next few, because I struggle with moderation).

A New Year's trip to Bryce is becoming a tradition in James's family, and I have mixed feelings. It gives me a great opportunity to practice my outdoor photography, and I do enjoy getting the fresh air and seeing the park during the only time of year when it isn't swamped with visitors. My enthusiasm is inevitably tempered, though, by a general dislike of the cold, hunger, strenuous exercise, and especially any kind of exertion at this altitude. Let's just say gentle inclines leave those of us from sea level gasping for breath. 

Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon

Still, it's worth it to go down into the canyon. In my opinion, it's where you see Bryce at its finest. I took most of these photos on the Peekaboo Loop (NOT for the faint of heart/breath). The weather conditions were hell at the rim, but the clear sky and blustery winds made for some beautiful optical effects inside the canyon. Plus, bonus: it's nowhere near as windy down there.

Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon

These sunlight+snow pictures are some of my favorites I've ever taken, and despite the altitude and occasional annoyances, I'm really glad I had the opportunity to get them.

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