Mushna and I visited Southern Utah last week. We left Wednesday morning the 22nd at around 9:00 am and decided to make a detour to Bryce Canyon on the way down. I'm glad we did because I think it was my favorite hike of the trip. We took the Queen's Garden trail down and connected to the Navajo Loop trail to get back up. All around it was about two and a half miles.
You can view the entire set of photos here:
Here are a few of my favorites (click for larger photos):
These are the switchbacks heading out of the canyon up to the rim. It was pretty steep.
The trail is named after a rock that resembles a queen (Queen Victoria) which can be seen in this photo. Clicking on the photo will take you to my flickr photo which includes a note as to where exactly this rock is. Since I was using my 10-20 exclusively down there, my reach was limited.
This is one of my favorites from the entire trip.
This is another of my favorites.
We also spent some time at Red Canyon which is near Bryce Canyon. Here's another one of my favorite shots, taken in Red Canyon.
Red Canyon is small, so we didn't spend too much time there. Here is the gallery:
We decided to take the scenic route down through Arizona then connect back up to Utah and finally land in Hurricane where our hotel was located. We made it there at around 10:00 that night exhausted, but excited.
I used Adobe Camera RAW to saturate the skies a bit, but the sun shining down on those big red rocks gave amazing exposures to begin with, so I didn't have to do much in order to get these to where they are now. I did bring my Cokin filters down, but forgot my adapter ring and holder, so I was pretty glad these came out as well as they did.
I will post Zion and Kolob photos when I get them finished. I was also volunteered to take family photos, so I will post a few highlights from that as well when I get there.