Mesa Arch Sunburst

September 11, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands National Park

This image captures a summer sunrise from Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, outside of Moab, Utah.  Located on the Island in the Sky Mesa, this scene was 15 million years in the making (uplift of the Colorado Plateau) where erosion of a small pothole in Navajo Sandstone lead to today’s rock arch.  The image captures the moment where the rising sun briefly paints the underside of Mesa Arch and warms Buck Canyon in amazing orange light while silhouetting the distant La Sal Mountains. As you can see from the thin slit of clear air on the horizon, the moment was transitory, as a cloud bank quickly obscured the sun. 

A red-brick wall replicating the façade of the Wright Aeronautical Laboratory which once stood on this site.Mesa Arch SunburstThis image captures a summer sunrise from Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, outside of Moab, Utah. Located on the Island in the Sky Mesa, this scene was 15 million years in the making (uplift of the Colorado Plateau) where erosion of a small pothole in Navajo Sandstone lead to today’s rock arch. The image captures the moment where the rising sun briefly paints the underside of Mesa arch and warms Buck Canyon in amazing orange light while silhouetting the distant La Sal Mountains. As you can see from the thin slit of clear air on the horizon, the moment was transitory, as a cloud bank quickly obscured the sun.

This image is the start of a series covering our US National Parks.  If you like to order this print, you'll want to check out this gallery!

 


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