A Utah Adventure: Part 2, Bryce Canyon

After leaving Zion NP, Liddy and I spent the night in Kanab. Shortly after lunch, we met up with our guide and the other member of the tour group and headed out for Bryce Canyon NP.


When we left off with Part 1, Getting to Zion, we had just cleared the Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel and were heading east to Kanab for the night.

Kanab is a small, unassuming little town well situated for exploring the wonders of southern Utah. Everything is within an hour or two drive. West to Zion, north to Bryce, east to the Escalante Monument and the Grand Canyon. I suspect hotel reservations are hard to get in the summer time.

Action Photo Tours

We met at the Action Photo Tours offices shortly after lunch. Our guide, Kathleen Gardner, had a large Suburban loaded up and ready to go but – we drove in separate vehicles – better for Social Distancing – and because I was thinking to continue north or east after our photo trip. Taking the Prius left Liddy and I with more options, and all of our gear.


Ruby Inn

The Ruby Inn is a large rambling establishment just outside the park in “Bryce Canyon City”. Rambling because it has grown out instead of up. The rooms are the classic roadside motel of the ’50s and 60s. Nothing ostentatious here.

There is a general store and a restaurant attached to the main building. Of course we had to provide our own meal or use takeout service which was fine.


Bryce Canyon National Park

I found Bryce a difficult photo opportunity. To me, it is absolute photo chaos. I’m probably a closet case of OCD manifesting itself in a need for order.

Anyway, here is a gallery of the captures that I like. I will be putting some of them out as individual posts on the Northwest Moments page and archives. This is a better place to attach my personal critique. Perhaps you could follow along and add yours in the comments.

Anyway, Bryce presents me with a challenge. I will have to go back. Next year – mid April is the plan.

It would be good to know what you think of the photos in this collection. Please take a moment to let me know in the comments.

By the way, Kathleen is a most knowledgeable photographer and guide. It is unfortunate that we met during the Corona Virus outbreak as that had such an impact on our ability to work together. If you have the opportunity, please don’t hesitate to have her or any of the other photographers/guides at Action Photo Tours take you out into the desert around Kanab.

Thanks for viewing. Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series.

7 thoughts on “A Utah Adventure: Part 2, Bryce Canyon”

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  2. Beautiful! I particularly like View from Sunset point with the darker contrast of the Escalante’s in the background. It looks like quite a challenge to highlight one aspect of this environment and not have the photo turn out overly busy. I’m glad you were still able to take your trip, even if it didn’t follow the original plan.

    1. Thanks Toby. It was a trip full of highs and lows.
      I am distracted by a couple of new apps I bought to help me be more organized when I write this stuff ? otherwise I would have the next part of the adventure posted… Tomorrow

  3. Since you’ve asked, I especially like Snowstorm at Sunset (what a gorgeous dramatic sky, I can nearly see it moving! I like that you gave the sky most of the space, but the rocks/mountains below provide proper contrast, as well as texture), also like the photo above this with its dark row of hills in the background, as well as the very horizontal snowscape (sorry I am not looking up the name as I don’t want to lose this comment) which is growing on me as I get used to this landscape that is very foreign to me, and I very much like Lonesome Pine as tree portraits are personal favorites, along with sea and sky. Thank you for sharing your travels and beautiful photography. Stay well!

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