Storm clouds at sunset, Capitol Reef NP, UT, USA

Storm clouds at sunset, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

On our way back from Colorado last month, Claudia and I spent a couple of nights in southern Utah. We had dinner with one of Utah’s most talented and thoughtful photographers, Guy Tal, along with his wife Sarah. (If you’re not familiar with Guy’s photography and writing you should be!) And we enjoyed the change in scenery, going from the forested, snowy mountains of Colorado to the red-rock canyons.

On our first afternoon in Utah some thunderstorms rolled through, forming interesting cloud patterns and dropping enough rain to create some mist and low clouds the next morning. Then the sun came out, but in the canyon country that’s just fine. In fact it’s great, because sunlight bouncing off the red canyon walls creates some beautiful lighting effects in the shade below – especially if there’s a creek or river, where you can find golden reflections in the water.

I love the canyon country. Our brief stop last month was way too short, so I’ll be back soon.

— Michael Frye

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Zigzag creek reflections, Utah, USA

Zigzag creek reflections, Utah

Cottonwood leaf and reflections, Utah, USA

Cottonwood leaf and reflections, Utah

Sunrise, Capitol Reef NP, UT, USA

Sunrise, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Cottonwood tree and a small waterfall in a Utah canyon, USA

Cottonwood tree and a small waterfall in a Utah canyon

Tiered cascades, Utah, USA

Tiered cascades, Utah

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Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.