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Taken 20-Jun-13
Visitors 45

17 of 29 photos
Categories & Keywords

Category:Architecture and Structures
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:American, Arches, Southwest, The Organ, desert, destination, formation, high desert, icon, landscape, line, national park, red rock, road, rock, tradition, trip, yellow
Photo Info

Dimensions4000 x 2666
Original file size5.68 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken20-Jun-13 16:18
Date modified19-Jul-14 23:00
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D600
Focal length35 mm
Focal length (35mm)35 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/60 at f/11
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 125
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Road to The Organ, Arches National Park, Utah (UT).

Destination: The Organ - Arches National Park

The roads leading to or passing by the icons of the American landscape, especially the Southwest, may be as iconic as the locations themselves. Especially given the tradition of road tripping in the United States, roads set in magnificent landscapes can express a road trip's purpose in a single photo. Arches National Park offers many opportunities to integrate the yellow-lined pavement into the natural rock formations.

Arches National Park offers a landscape with the highest density of natural arches in the world. The experience is otherworldly. The dry hot desolate high desert landscape filled with rock formations really makes you feel like you've landed on another planet. The emotions certainly depend on where you are traveling from. Coming from places with a lot of greenery and moisture certainly intensifies the "on another planet" feeling. Being at a high elevation (above 4000 feet / 1300 meters), winter swaps the hot for cold but the rest remains.

A natural arch is a rock exposure that has a hole completely through it formed by the natural, selective removal of rock, leaving a relatively intact frame. A natural bridge is a type of natural arch, generally over a current or past body of water. Other definitions also allow for calling something a bridge simply because it looks like one. And then there are also natural windows and tunnels, used without clear definitions or with any consistency.