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Tuesday
Sep082009

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

My journey through Canyonlands National Park today was simply mind-blowing.  I was just telling Rachel tonight that Canyonlands now ranks first among National Parks that I've seen.  I know Arches, Bryce and Zion have a lot in store for me - but the scale of the rock formations at Canyonlands and the feeling you get as you drive by these enormous cliff faces with multi-colored rocks and boulders is beyond explanation.  You can clearly see the erosion that has taken place on the cliff faces and I actually felt as if huge boulders were on the verge of breaking lose from the cliffs - only to come crashing down on the road.

As you drive deeper into the park (South Entrance) you start to see 'needle' formations, 'spires' and distant canyons that seem to go on forever.

Every time I jumped out of my car to snap some photos I was shocked when I touched my car.  There were heavy clouds over the park and it rained every now and then.  The static electricity could explain why my camera (Nikon D90) started to act up midway through the park.  It still is not back to normal and the good news is that I have figured out how to take pictures still (in manual mode - no auto focus).

I grabbed a few decent photos even with my camera freaking out.

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