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High Plains Drifter

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February 17, 2009

Moab Trip 2009 — Feb 16 (Day 1)

Filed under: Moab Trip 2009,Photography — Mike U @ 11:51 am

I left Denver Monday shortly before midday for Moab to spend a few days out there hiking and photographing.  The drive across the high mountain passes was uneventful, fortunately, as roads were just wet in spots at Vail Pass.  The temperature was about 32F at Vail Pass at the time I drove through there during the early afternoon hours.  Upon reaching the Utah line along I-70, the sky cover became increasingly interesting with a number of virga snow showers providing for a somewhat photogenic sky as the sun continued to descend.  I stopped a couple times for some photos along I-70, with the last stop being my primary shooting location — a rest area/scenic overlook a few miles west into Utah along the interstate.  The light changed dramatically quite often with the sun hiding in and out of the cloud cover.  Fortunately, right at sunset, the sky was clearing along the western horizon which yielded beautiful light. I shot at this location for probably an hour, and I arrived in Moab around 7pm Mountain time.  There was a storm coming into the Southwest from California and it appeared as if today, Day 2, would be cloudy with rain and snow showers, thus cancelled a potential sunrise shoot and slept in (didn’t get a whole lot of sleep the night before).  So today will be a half-day, planning to leave for Arches for a short day hike and a sunset shoot.  The storm missed Moab, and as I look out the window it’s "clear and a million" out there — only a few patchy clouds.  The rest of the week looks great, and given such, plan to be here through the first part of Saturday.







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