Molars at Devils Garden

Molars at Devils Garden
Molars at Devils Garden, by Suprada on Flickr.

Rock formation at the Devil\’s Garden in the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010. On the morning of Oct 19, we got out of Fosters Motel outside Bryce Canyon National Park. We headed out for a sunrise shoot at Kodachrome Basin State park.

At Kodachrome Basin, we hiked the Angel\’s Palace Trail getting on top before sunrise. In the newsletter we got at the entrance station, this trail is described as follows: \”Rising 150 feet (46m) above the basin floor, this 1.5 mile trail affords magnificent vies of Kodachrome Basin, Bryce Canyon and the surrounding area. It is an excellent trail for photographers. Difficulty: Easy / Moderate.”

It was a really enjoyable hike. However I have no photos I like from this expedition. I think of it as a scouting trip. Next time I\’ll be heading to Kodachrome for sunset.

We headed out to the town of Escalante for breakfast, restocking supplies and to visit the excellent visitor center of the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. After gassing up, we headed out to Devils Garden – about 16 miles away. Unfortunately driving a rental sedan on the wash-boardy Hole-in-the-Rock road was very nerve-wracking. Next time I\’ll certainly drive at least a high clearance vehicle.

Devil\’s garden is pretty fantastic. Too bad we reached there around midday. It will be spectacular at sunrise and sunset. However, since I was there, i made this photograph – with the intention of making it Black and White during post-processing. I call these formations \”The Molars” since they remind me of – well – Molars.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure:1/50s at at f 6.3
Focal Length: 10mm
Lens:Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 19, 2010

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