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Although Dead Horse Point State Park is not part of Canyonlands National Park, its vicinity to the park (its near the entrance to Island in the Sky), amazing panoramic views and solitude makes it a must see stop for any landscape photographer.

I’m getting writer’s block so I’ll “borrow” some lines from the official description of the park: The legend of Dead Horse Point states that around the turn of the century the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. Cowboys herded them across the narrow neck of land and onto the point. The neck was then fenced off with branches and brush. One time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the Colorado River 2,000 feet below.

Personally I find this place much more intriguing than the Grand Canyon. Hollywood has found this place intriguing too.

It was here at Dead Horse State Park where Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon drove off a cliff and into a canyon in the classic road movie "Thelma and Louise" (in the movie they were supposedly at the Grand Canyon).

[last lines]
Thelma Dickerson: [with a cliff in front of them and cops behind them]
Thelma Dickerson: OK, then listen; let's not get caught.
Louise Sawyer: What're you talkin' about?
Thelma Dickerson: Let's keep goin'!
Louise Sawyer: What d'you mean?
Thelma Dickerson: ...Go.
Thelma Dickerson: [Thelma nods ahead of them]
Louise Sawyer: You sure?
Thelma Dickerson: Yeah.

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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument preserves the history of a four-story structure of mud and wood, the remains of a community of Hohokam people (now called the ancient Sonoran Desert people) who lived here from about 1300 to about 1400. They were master farmers who developed a network of canals to channel water from the Salt and Gila rivers in the arid environment of Arizona.

It took me three trips to finally capture the right light, composition and dramatic clouds over the large building. On my first trip, I scouted around for some fresh compositions, but there was nothing but boring blues skies. On my second trip, there were too many people in my frame. Finally, on my third try I found the perfect composition, but technically it was outside the park's boundary. So I waited until thirty minutes before the park closed (they close an hour before sunset when the best light is available) and when all the tourists had gone home and no park ranger was in sight. I quickly ran out to this spot and composed a couple of frames.

I hope you enjoy the photograph and the story behind how I got it.

Thanks guys for all your views, comments and favs!

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Crater Lake, at 1,943 feet deep, is the deepest and bluest lake in the United States.

This is from a recent trip to Southern Oregon where I visited my good friend, Kevin, who lives in Grants Pass, Oregon.

I thought I also would post this photograph of Crater Lake National Park since Ken Burns just came out with his new documentary, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." It features Quang-Tuan Luong, a landscape photographer that I have been following online for quite some time. He was the first photographer to photograph all 58 national parks with a large format camera. I have that life long goal too, but I still have a long way to go and many miles to drive!

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Milky Way rising over Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park with a half moon behind me lighting up the arch. Taken 10 September 2016.

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San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur home to Baja California's Friendly Whales. The best place on earth to get close enough to touch these friendly, curious animals in their own environment.

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