Sundown at Bryce Canyon

April 05, 2014


Photographer: Stu Witmer
Summary Author: Stu Witmer

The panorama above was taken at the Paria View overlook at Bryce Canyon National Park. This happens to be one of the few spots where photographers can catch the sunset rays lighting up the colorful sandstone. The day I was there, it was relatively uncrowned with only a handful of other photographers snapping away as the sun went down. This spot also gives a fine view of the Paria River. According to the National Park brochure “Paria is a Paiute word meaning ‘water with elk’ or ‘water with mud’. The translation varies depending on context and season.”

Bryce Canyon is at the top of the Grand Staircase, a geological formation conceptualized by geologist Clarence Dutton, a geologist and army officer as well as the so-called Poet of the Grand Canyon and a founder of the National Geographic Society. This series of sedimentary rock escarpments runs south until the last step is reached at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Photo taken October 6, 2012 about an hour before sunset.

Photo Details: Camera Model: Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS; Focal Length: 5.0mm; Aperture: f/8.0; Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250); ISO equiv: 80. This image contains 4 photos stitched together using Hugin.