Bryce Canyon

One of my favourite places my hubby and I visited on our trip out west was Bryce Canyon. 

Bryce Canyon National Park  is a national park located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m).

The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874.[3] The area around Bryce Canyon became a National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a National Park in 1928. The park covers 35,835 acres (55.99 sq mi; 145.02 km2)[1] and receives relatively few visitors compared to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, largely due to its remote location.

Taken from Wikipedia

We arrived at Bryce early in the morning . There were very few people there and I sat on a bench and drank in the sights and sounds that were laid out before me like a colourful bouquet. I then started to take pictures. 

In this first scene, the hoodoos reminded me of a fairytale castle, with soft dreamy almost magical colours.

 

Colourful Castles by J. Gazo-McKim ©2013

Colourful Castles by J. Gazo-McKim ©2013

Bryce Canyon 01 gives you an idea of the vastness of the space. It seems to go on for miles

Bryce Canyon 01  by J. Gazo-McKim ©2012

Bryce Canyon 01  by J. Gazo-McKim ©2012

For the last one, I wanted something different. I could see abstract shapes in the hoodoo formations. I used Painter 12 to create an impressionistic abstract of what I saw, using the predominant colours in the scene. 

Impressionistic Hoodoos by J. Gazo-McKim ©2013

Impressionistic Hoodoos by J. Gazo-McKim ©2013