"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter." ~ Rachel Carson
The Old Paria area of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is easy to access, but I had passed it over on each of my previous trips thinking there wasn't much to see there. My mistake. I discovered this month as part of my GSENM artist-in-residence experience that it has some of the most interesting and colorful striated badlands I've seen anywhere. I ended up going there 4 different times, and it was interesting how the colors changed with different light. It's also the place I made some great memories teaching my first official photography workshop with some really interesting and fun people. The workshop was about integrating some simple mindfulness practices into our photography experiences, and the group really loved it. Maybe I'll write a blog post about it, as I think there are some great takeaways for savoring our experiences outdoors.
For this image I used a long exposure about a half hour after sunset, when the hills were still reflecting some really nice post-sunset glow. Waiting about 20 minutes, I captured another exposure once the stars were more visible, which I used to blend in to the main exposure for the final product. I think it communicates the experience of sitting out after sunset watching the light change on this unique landscape.