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Sand Dune Arch in Arches National Park. Taken about an hour after sunset. I used a maglight and a LED headlamp to illuminate the arch. as you can see from the many foot impressions that this is a very popular attraction in the park...mostly due to its easier accessibility.

This arch is in nestled among some sandstone fins and sand dunes. Thought it would be so easy to just walk back in there on that sand--heck, all told it was less than a quarter mile once you got off the trail and into the fins. Found that walking in that particular kind of sand was kind of like trying to walk in wet cement! Man, it was WORK! :phew: not even sort of like the sand I am used to which is river sand and very course. This stuff was like fine powdered sugar.

One thing I didn't mention about the hike back in to this arch--about halfway in there the trail (such as it is) narrows to a crack about 3 feet wide. Not a problem for your normal sized hiker, but, alas, I am not a normal sized hiker being wider than the crack! There was a way around the crack but that would involve climbing up a smallish fin and jumping down on the other side but that option wasn't gonna fly for me. While I could climb up there I wouldn't be able to bring myself to jump off the 5-6 foot fin :no: So, I turned sideways, sucked in as much as I could and pressed on with visions the movie of 127 hours marching across my mind. Made it! :thumbsup:

Anyway, hope you like this latest offering from that trip. have a great week!
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Nicely done!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thank you :) Those trail maps the NPS give out are deceptive in thier descriptions of how 'easy' a trail is :rofl: Easy for me is straight line level :phew:
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Well, here's an idea: Take your next vacation in Florida. Talk about flat! :-)
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
What a coinicidence! Going to Mexico Beach Fla. in March and meet Bob and Alice :aww: They are how I found you! :lol:
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Well, that's perfect then. A nice time of year to be there and some great company! :-)
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
That's like beach sand, unless you walk at the edge of the surf! :lol:

Excellent shot! :nod:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Thanks Bob. This might be finer than beach sand--it's more like dust.
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Could be sheep shit....
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
One never knows :shrug: Might be bat guano too :iconbatsplz:
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
:giggle:
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Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing, just stunning! Great capture!:clap::wow:
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HA91 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Not only is the shot great, but so is the story behind it :D Glad you made it out without any missing limbs :lmao:
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
This is such a sublim shot, my dear! :wow: Gorgeous!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
:hug: Thank you very much my friend :rose:
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
:glomp:
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erene Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Very beautiful shot!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Thank you erene :rose:
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erene Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
My pleasure :)
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, what a beautiful spot. Most excellent shot John! :)
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thanks Paul :thanks:
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome John :)
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ArtByASmith Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :)
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Thank you Aly :)
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kisikana Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Fabulous photo... I miss Utah :(
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Thank you :) Might be time for you to return for a visit :nod: I think it misses you too!
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Fantastic shot John!! I would have totally freaked out trying to fit through that crack,
I'm slightly claustrophobic!!I applaud that you did that!!:clap:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Thank you Sandy :heart: I'm not a fan of tight spaces either really :fear: For a normal sized person there would be room a-plenty in that crack. Good thing the crack itself wasn't very long--only about 20 feet or so.
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I still could not have done that:fear:!!:):hug:You're very welcome!:heart:
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulous job brother,great job with the illumination and exposure,the edges are razor sharp and the whole thing is complimented by that outta space of a skyline :wow:
Top marks John,be an amazing place to spend the night camping I think.
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Many thanks brother Jonathan :manhug: I spent a couple nights in Arches--not camping though--just enjoying the night scapes and stars :nod:
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lifetime retaining memories no doubts :aww:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Indeed you are right, brother :nod:
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Nataly1st Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Digital Artist
wow!!! This is a super fantastic capture, dear John!!! :clap::clap::heart:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
:hug: Thank you Nataly
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Momotte2 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful ! :glomp:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Thank you Helene :hug:
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LDRPhotography Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Wow...it's like a poster for another planet. Beautiful long exposure shot.
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
:nod: It's like no place on earth that's for sure!

Thank you :heart:
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chrisntheboat Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freakin awesome! I want to camp there! Like right now! By the gods:no:
Great shot....
sometimes I get excited:nod: I am calm now.......................................................................................:faint:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
:highfive: Thanks brother! Be kinda warm to camp there this time of year :phew: Gets hell hot in Moab and I think even at night it stays toasty warm inbetween the sandstone fins where this is located :onfire:

I'm glad you found your Zen place :meditate:
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chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then I will have to sleep naked to stay cool( I usually do that when I want to keep All animal life away:)).....:wave:
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.:sleep:....:faint::star:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
TMI! TMI! TMI! :doh:

I shall hail your camp from a goodly distance should I happen across it :laughing:
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chrisntheboat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rofl:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love how it's at night! Great shot. :hug:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Thank you Tea :hug:
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gallindz Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Amazing Johnny!! You are daring... Glad u made it!!

What a capture!!! :)
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
THank you Linda :heart: It wasn't nearly as daring as it sounds--only for someone my size ;)
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gallindz Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
You are welcome John!

ps...you are the size you are because your heart is so big! I'm sure of it! :heart: :kiss:
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caddman Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent work...:heart:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
:bow: Thank you bro :thanks:
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