4-6 APRIL: CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

Capitol Reef is one of my favorite NPs and is normally less crowded than the more well-known parks.  This trip saw more visitors than I’ve seen on the two previous trips combined – largely due to high school and college spring breaks.  I shot a few areas I visited previously, hoping to improve on the conditions from earlier photographs.

Hickman Bridge. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. (c) Chuck Lockett Photography

Fruita Orchards. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. (c) Chuck Lockett Photography

I also got to two areas not visited previously by me.  The Notom-Burr road runs along the east and south sides of the park paralleling and crossing the Waterpocket Fold.  The Mulley Twist is an unimproved 4-wheel drive excursion off the Burr road that leads to the Strike Valley overlook providing a view of the length of the Waterpocket Fold from above.  Truly spectacular although a bit late in the morning for quality light.

Waterpocket Fold from Notom Road. Nikon D300, Nikon 70-200mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer.  Hand Held. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

Waterpocket Fold from Strike Valley Overlook. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

Indian Paintbrush. Nikon D300, Nikon 105mm macro, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. (c) Chuck Lockett Photography

The Cathedral Valley loop is a 58 mile unimproved dirt road leading through some of the most spectacular scenery in the park.  I was there early to shoot sunrise on the Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon in Lower Cathedral Valley.  The bookstore in the park’s headquarters sells a great Self-Guided Auto Tour paper for Cathedral Valley.

Pre-Dawn at Lower Cathedral Valley. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. (c) Chuck Lockett Photography

Sunrise at Lower Cathedral Valley. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. (c) Chuck Lockett Photography

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