The Organ

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The Organ

Although Arches National Park is most known for being the home of over 2,000 arches (such as the massive Delicate Arch, Double Arch, the thin Landscape Arch, and the Windows, etc.), the Park also contains a wide variety of other dynamic rock formations, some of which include Park Avenue, The Courthouse Towers, Three Gossips, and Balanced Rock. Having been to the Park on several occasions, crowds are a major factor that can impede your work as a photographer, and I usually find it best to work during the early morning or late evening hours in order to avoid the heavy crowds.

My most recent visit to the Park was during COVID when the number of cars admitted into the Park was being tightly controlled. I arrived at the Park that morning at 5 AM with the hope of getting some great sunrise photos. After a pre-dawn hike down through Park Avenue, I stopped at a pullout to have my morning coffee. The weather was overcast and I wasn’t entirely sure the day was going to yield what I had been hoping for. During my second cup of coffee, the cloud cover along the horizon began to lift allowing the rays of the early morning sun to create a horizontal stream of sunlight below the cloud cover. After moving to a different vantage point to get the composition I wanted, it was just a matter of time before the entire rock formation was totally illuminated by the sun.

Location: The Organ (foreground) and The Tower of Babel (background); Arches National Park.