Arches National Park | Fall 2016

From Thoreau: “We go eastward to realize history and study works of art and literature, retracing the steps of the race; we go westward as into the future, with a spirit of enterprise and adventure.” This is the great dichotomy and the great paradox. Our “east” represents the history and the past, while the “west” is future, new life, and adventure…but then you come to a place like Arches and you see how time and the elements have been at work here for as long as they have anywhere. Arches National Park is aptly named. Everywhere you turn you find magnificent natural wonders - rocks that have been shaped into natural arches and bridges, seemingly indifferent to gravity or any other typical rules, existing for a while until they can’t hold the facade any longer.

After a great week in Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Northern Arizona, Arches served as my final stop before crossing into Colorado. Despite some initially overcast weather, I thoroughly enjoyed trekking from wonder to wonder. Pictured below: North and South Windows, Turret Arch, Double Arch, Tunnel Arch, Landscape Arch (which is mind-bending), and the famed Delicate Arch (which is more than mind-bending).

Arches National Park became the 36th National Park on November 12, 1971, and is located in Moab, UT.

All pictures by Karl Magnuson
Canon 6D

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L