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Uploaded 11-Sep-20
Taken 26-Jun-20
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Mesa Arch Sunburst

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.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, f/22 @ 11 mm, 1/60, ISO 100, No Flash

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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Landscapes
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Keywords:Airport Tower, Arch, Backlighting, Canyonlands National Park, Cirrus, Colorful clouds, Erosion, Golden Hour, Grand County Utah, Island in the Sky Mesa, La Sal Mountains, Landscape Photography, Mesa Arch, Monster Tower, Navajo Sandstone, Orange, Orange Hues, Orange Scene, Pothole Arch, Pretty Day, Processes, Rock Arch, Sandstone, Sandstone Arch, Sedimentary Rock, Skyfire, Starburst, Stone Arch, Summer, Sunny, Sunrise, U.S. National Park, U.S. National Park Service, Underlit clouds, Utah, Whispy Clouds, colorful sunset, comfort, diffraction spikes, fiery, light diffraction, spectacular skies, sun stars, warmth

A red-brick wall replicating the façade of the Wright Aeronautical Laboratory which once stood on this site.