Southwest Road Trip! Day 3, Canyonlands Nat'l Park

Photographer Andy Austin's visual diary of a classic spring break trip

Andy Austin

The sky bursts into color just after sunset at Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park.

Day three of my Southwest Roadtrip marked a day of good luck. The weather finally broke and I spent the day exploring Canyonlands National Park. After coming back into Moab for dinner, I decided to venture back out to Canyonlands last night for the sunset.

I chose to shoot from Green River Overlook, a beautiful view that is renowned for its sunsets. Green River carved the canyon below, and this is a great spot to see what millions of years of erosion can do. It's a fairly easy spot to get to, as the overlook is located just off of the road. One can adventure farther out along the canyon wall, but I find the best view is actually from the overlook itself. This is in the "Island in the Sky" area of Canyonlands, and it really does make you feel as if you're on another planet. Many people go to Grandview point for sunset, so there were only a handful of photographers staking out the Green River sunset. Just make sure you wait until there's no light left in the sky before leaving, because the color and light are truly unpredictable. Many of the photographers left after the light had left the canyon floor. But just 20 minutes later, the sky began to explode with color.

Photo details: Shot with a Canon 6D with a 24mm TS-E | ISO 100 f/22 Shutter Speed 0.4 sec and Cable Released on a Tripod

Tomorrow's blog will touch on the night sky in Arches National Park, so stay tuned!

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