Photo of the Week!

F 10; 1/125; ISO 100; 18mm.

Shot near Moab, Utah, at Deadhorse State Park.

The western United States is a special place; no disrespect to its other regions, but nothing can really compare to the natural beauty offered in the Rocky Mountains and in the Southwest.  Utah, as mentioned in a past “Photo of the Week” entry, has five National Parks, which has the third most of any state (Alaska and California are tied for the lead, both with eight a piece).  There’s still a lot to see in Utah outside of the federally-protected lands though, as Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab confirms.  If you get a clear morning, you can watch a sunrise unlike anything else on the planet.  The colors are extraordinary any time of the year, but the wintertime snow adds a particularly interesting dynamic.  It flattens the landscape by covering the jagged, river-carved rocks, and it also reflects the light in ways that bare rocks do not.  It’s truly something that has to be seen; hopefully this photo captures half of the incredibleness of this time and spot.

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Click here to learn more about Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah (via Wikipedia).