Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
28mm f/11 30s ISO100
It has been brought to my attention that the National Park Service has posted new signage for the vehicle bridge at Canyon Junction. Photographers are no longer able to stand roadside on the bridge.
This iconic composition of The Watchman and the Virgin River is no longer attainable, as see on this book's cover and detailed on page 41. I can understand why this change has been implemented - for visitors' safety. The bridge is narrow, with little room to occupy, alongside moving vehicles.
I will have to see about updating the cover and updating Site 3 ("The Watchman") within the book.
In the meantime, as also mentioned on page 41, there are multiple pedestrian bridges south of this vehicle bridge along the Pa'rus Trail. There are four, in fact. Heading south along the Pa'rus Trail from Canyon Junction, the first bridge crosses Pine Creek. Here the Virgin River is not directly below, but satisfying compositions are still possible. The remaining three bridges cross over the Virgin River. Each has its own unique characteristics and is worth a look.
The Pa'rus Trail is not long, and it is an enjoyable walk. Budget 45 minutes to scout these four bridges from end-to-end. Budget additional time for any backtracking.
Along the Pa'rus Trail there is an abundance of informal trails to the river's edge. Photography from near water level is another option. Be extremely careful if pursuing this option.
Double Arch, Arches National Park
Anthony, who friends and family call “AJ,” lives in the Seattle, Washington area with his wife and their two daughters.
In April 2011 he visited Joshua Tree National Park, laying the foundation for what would become regular photography pilgrimages to many other U.S. National Parks.
AJ enjoys the planning and logistics aspect of a trip as much as the trip itself, and in so he realized a shortage of available books focused on the photographer’s specific needs while visiting national parks. Thus, his idea to write a series of these types of books was born...
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