2021—Walking in the Midst of the Hoodoos

The Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon are intriguing to see from the view points around the park but to walk among them and experience their magnificence from just a few feet away is incredible. On our last full day in the park we were close enough to touch the Hoodoos. We started at Sunset Point just before sunrise and walked down the Navajo Trail with its switchbacks and a 600 foot drop in elevation. As the sun rose above the horizon, I was able to extract a starburst behind the windowed hoodoo next to the trail by pinching the sun at the edge of the rock using a small aperture on my Nikon Z6II and Nikkor 14-30mm f/4 lens. Of course what goes down, must come up. Traversing the heart-pumping switchbacks on the way back up to the parking lot was a challenge for all of us but we took it slowly and knew that at the top we would be rewarded with a hot breakfast and a steaming cuppa Joe.

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