This image is a continuation of a travelogue which I started a while back and never continued it. To many things came up in between.
Didier loved the Southwest so much during his first visit in 2011 that he decided to come again 12 months later. This time it was not only about suggestions from my part what we can do. No - this time he came with ideas of places which were even unknown to me and required some additional preparatory elements to get us safe in and out. His most important choice was a trip to the Canyonlands National Park, specifically the Angel's Arch. Sounds neat, huh? The problem was that we first had to do an early drive from Moab to the Rangers Station to be there at 8am. Oops, they changed there opening schedule. Now it was already winter schedule. Hm, we lost at least one hour sleep on that. The next thing was that the off road section was closed. There was to much rain during summer and the rangers closed a 5 mile section. All of the sudden we were at the trail one hour later than planned and 5 miles back from what was planned too. We were starting to be really pissed off. The hike, which actually was a backpack, took us about 23 miles through wild land. No clear trail was there. We used the map, the GPS, the compass and our 6th sense to finally get to Angel’s Arch after sunset.
We put up our camping gear, had our dinner and went to sleep. The sky was clear, the stars were shining and the temperature was dropping next morning the bottle of water was not a bottle of water anymore. It was a bottle of ice. Nevertheless, we got up and walked back to the arch as we were not allowed to camp at the proximities of the arch for conservatory purposes.
The place is not just famous for its gigantic arch, but also for the rock called Molar. Can you see it? Right side of me? Doesn’t it look like a molar? Does the Angel’s Arch not look like an Angel from the side?
We took our pictures, hiked back to the camping spot, the camping gear was stuffed and off we went back the 23 miles to the car.
PF is celebrating today 3 years. February 1, 2010 was the day that the beta version came out. Looking back these three years I have the feeling that many things were just like it was with this backpacking with Didier. Despite all the adversities we managed to create a site that is starting to look very interesting and once we have two additional features which are being worked out with Kath and Kristine we will even have a site that will have some very unique stuff that no other photographic site does have. But, that is still not all, as there are many other projects on my desk waiting to get worked on. The prospects look good just as they looked when I was standing there and admiring Molar, Angel’s Arch and the moon!
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Congratulations on the 3 years.
You have created a wonderful site where we photographers can show our images which are so well received and appreciated.
Thank you so much.
I really like the strength of these rock formations against a deep blue sky.
They do make man look so small.
La présence du personnage donne une bonne idée de l'immensité des sculptures créées par la nature. Excellente prise de vue avec la lune en prime. Bonne gestion de l'éclairage, entre ombre et lumière, et merveilleux contraste de couleurs avec le beau ciel bleu pur.
Félicitations!... et toutes mes amitiés,
Great idea comes with many obstacles :) I have lots of great idea that give Rene a headache. Which means he would have to do all the research and planning for the trip. I just come up with a great idea, “Destination Impossible.” But he’ll make it happen if he can.
Well the reward here is this beautiful shot, but I’m sure for you it is more than just a beautiful shot. Being out there so far out of reach of civilization, can be daunting but yet at the same time so rewarding. That why so many diehard people like you and many do it. I see that Didier has never been here until last year and he is back again so soon, meaning he loved it and can’t have enough. We are a little more fortunate to be living here, so it is not as far to go, but still time is limited. I love to explore more of the beauty of our desert landscape. This certainly will be on my list of place to try. Finger crossed, hope to be here one day.
As always the photo quality is top notch with so many layers elements and the light is perfect. Congratulation for making it there and many other archievements are worth celebrating.
Great shot Peter and a big Happy Birthday to Pf and the admins. You guys all do a great job. Speaking of molars I just had one capped with gold today so now I am offically worth 1,000 dollar more. I must admot I had not heard of this place either so thanks for a peek at it.
Another fine example of the Arizona/Utah red rock areas. I have never been to Canyonlands, but hope to go there someday. Those are mammorth pillars of red rock here. The name molar is certainly fitting for this formation in the foreground. Amazing how the indiviual is dwarfed by these huge rock structures. I have seen a number of arches in and around Page and Lake Powell, but I look forward to seeing this fine park.. I think there are three or four parks in the vicinity of Moab.
Again, another beautiful presentation from the Best in the West area. I note that you also managed to catch a fleeting moon. Thak you for your efforts with PF. I think is an excellent forum. Surprised there are not more members from the USA. I guess Flckr is popular here. Regards, Roger
The kind of places and photos I like. Moreover in a vertical frame ;-)
I read with attention your note and let's say, it sounds like adventure and remembered me some of my hinkings with unexpected events. But here, you do a nice collection of unexpected events...
But looking to the picture, we can say it was worth.
pboehringer (2013/02/02 00:50:44): We should start the "Vertical Club". :-)
Congratulations on the third birthday of PF! Thanks for yourself and the whole team for all your efforts on this wonderful photo site!
Well, I thought it was a cactus when I saw the thumbnail. :) A beautiful and well presented shot with a bunch of elements in the composition, even the moon on the morning sky. Your POV and composition made yourself look small. :-))
Ja, herzlichen Glückwunsch - vor allem Dir und Deiner Truppe! In diesem drei Jahren ist PF wirklich erwachsen geworden - im besten Sinne.
Mir gefällt in diesem Zusammenhang vor allem dieses riesige Herz auf seinem massiven Sockel rechts im Bild. Das Ganze stellt eine fast unwirkliche Szenerie dar - auch aufgrund der Farben - tja, und wegen des Menschleins ;-) das hier wirklich nur wie ein Besucher wirkt.
Alles Gute aus dem total regnerischen Deutschland - und wie sagt man auf gut deutsch: Keep it up! ;-)
Happy birthday Photofolia!
And thousands thanks to its founders.
I'm proud to have been one of the first to join in. Yes, the beginning was not so smooth, but every important achievement is never smooth... like your trip to this wonderful place. You choose a great photo to celebrate the anniversary: the focus is upwards just like this site!
Putting aside the photo for a moment, I think including yourself in the image is very appropriate and, as you are gazing in front of you, it is symbolic for looking into the future and the exciting new features that are planned. I think Isabel and Zeca should have planned similar posts on these lines too.
I have noticed a new tendency from you to include people in your images and I really like the idea. I've said many times before, I love the idea of having a person looking into the frame; it's a great lead-in as we look to see what they are seeing and it also provides the less important task of scale.
You are definitely the master of vertical landscapes. I know I said before, but whenever I try it the scene rarely looks right. (I say "rarely" instead of "never" because it sometimes does work for me.) There always seems to be a line somewhere that cuts the image in two. Honestly I looked at this image, admired it, speculated that it was you standing there, read the note and then scanned the other comments. Yves commented that this time you chose a vertical format again. I had to look back at the image to make sure because I had not realised. You might say I'm stupid, but no, I think it's because there is so much of interest and beauty that the format wasn't important to me. Obviously the format is important for the choice of composition etc., but do you see what I'm trying to say?
I love how the shade in the foreground frames the view beyond. Both rocks are well named too! And the moon! Serendipity!
... and I love this area so much that I am a regular "house-sitter" not too far from this place, for many summers meanwhile and your picture, this is my extended backyard if you want. Can you believe that some say "what again, another summer there" and I usually say "you really have no idea buddy" ... Happy birthday, dear Peter & Co., for many hours of wonderful conversations, hot conversations too, learning, lots of learning, boy was I a shy girl in some ways and I hardly used any color before I came here ... but these pale period is gone I would think and I am firmly "glowing", at least for my standards, at least in my head, inspired by so many things. I am very much looking forward seeing how PF and we all grow in the future, in what we do, what we experience in our real life ... and sharing some of this with everybody here. A wonderful image, Peter, you and the "rest of the world" ...
My congratulations for the anniversary of creating this site. Yes, it has some features that other sites do not have. The main thing it is so friendly. we can feel like in a big family. Thank you very much for your idea and work. It is a good reason for celebrations. I must say I am envious, I would like to be in a place of Didier and to see these wonderful places once again and too have such a guide.. And I admire how adventurous you are! fantastic view from Canyonlands. it was worth all the efforts. The rock in front looks rather like a heart to me, or maybe E.T. it depends of imaginations. Blue sky, moon, rocky arch and this standing man all make very attractive composition.
Yes, I was rather lazy lately with postings and commenting. Sometimes I am not sure if my photos are interesting enough.
Thank you for your words, but I need to correct you one little detail. This person there is not Didier, but me. I put the camera at auto-release with a delay of 20s and run to the pre-determined spot. I had to do it several times until I was satisfied what I had on my LCD screen. ;-)
Quando a gente pensa que já viu todas as formas e beleza destes desertos americanos você nos apresenta uma imagem como esta. Cara, você juntou tudo aqui nesta incrível composição. Realmente a rocha se assemelha a um molar e aquela outra parece que foi esculpida tanto quanto esta. Ao ler sua nota deu prá imaginar o esforço e a aventura para chegar até aí. Olha!, valeu cada milha prá conseguir esta beleza de foto! Incrível !
3 years already? Doesn't seem like I've been on it that long.
Great shot here; if you'd turned around, you could have called it Self Portrait with Giant's Tooth. The lighting is perfect, and I saw your comment below that you had to do this several times to get it right. (The molar is still a little close to the edge, but it is all in.) Of course, that is what good photography is all about - getting it right.
Congratulations on 3 years PF, and thank you and the admins for this fantastic site. I am really glad to be here. Congratulations as well for this magnificent image of this beautiful place. The vertical format suits the shot. I knew instantly that it was not Didier in the photo, he does not have a tonsure :~))! One can understand why the rock formation is called molar, and with some imagination an archangel is also visible.
Once again, congratulations and many happy return.
I'm late, but I've been busy... First of all, Happy Birthday Photofolia!
What a fabulous image, my friend! Wow! Yes I can see the molar and that arch does indeed remind me of an angel. Fantastic composition, getting the arch inside the V like that. The colors are strong and beautiful and that moon - oooooh, so nice! Gorgeous, Peter. Well done!
This capture is as evocative as it gets Peter, It's a fascinating visual way to express your feelings 'bout the site.
And indeed, there's really somthing to celebrate. But it's not the age of the site itself but the the development and quality
that time and foremost the effort of the PF team and its dedicated members brought!
The site came a long way and it was such a plaesent surpisse to visit it again. The browsing experience is great, the new interative features are too,
the stats.... Well I guess you know what I mean. So, congratulations!
you have chosen a special picture for me to celebrate this event :)
light and PB-framing (maybe a little more sky on the right would have been accurate) are accurate and the Moon makes it all!
the picture is good, and in my mind, I have lots more memories about Arch, mainly the beautiful 10 miles between the Pekaboo and the Arch.
Almost forgotten me mind which was close to zero at the start of the extra sand walk at the start.
you are a good guide, I guess I would not have found the way as easy as you did.
take care my friend
PS1: congrats also to all for the site
PS2: I have received my Lee Filters, for the next trip...