Colorado River Reflections
This is one of those images where the stars seem to align and something magical happens. I was traveling west of Moab heading toward Potash along the Colorado River. I had planned to photograph Jug Handle Arch and some petroglyphs in the early morning light. While I was winding through the canyon the sunlight would sporadically hit the river or the canyon walls. I started to look for spot to photograph the steam rising from the water but the light wasn’t right or the background lacked interest. Much of the river bank was choked with the invasive salt ceder making access impossible. I had almost given up when ahead of me I could see the canyon widen and sunlight was striking the walls and river. Unfortunately the mist was gone but more impressively reflections appeared.
One reflection in particular caught my eye. I spent the next half hour or so taking several photographs of the scene from different locations and angles. The scene was perfect but the images just weren’t conveying what I wanted to express about it. Finally I climbed up from the river bank and up the hillside behind me to give it one last try. That was it, the look and feel I was going for. Colorado River Reflections turned out to be one of my favorite images from my Moab trip.