Golden light...it's what the photographer craves. At least that's what Wife tells me. When last year we were in Bryce Canyon National Park Utah, Wife bemoaned the fact that we did not have a chance to take pictures during the sunset period when the light is supposed to be the best. Coming on a separate trajectory, Wife and I have been saying for years that we really need to do more short trips around our own area which is just filled with natural beauty. I noted that because I tend to go right into work mode after we return from our big trips, that my schedule doesn't allow easily to do this type of thing on an impromptu basis. Therefore, the answer was to start scheduling things. I threw out the idea of running up to Bryce Canyon to do that shoot she wanted. It was booked into our calendar.
So on Friday we tootled up the 550 miles/9 hours to get to Bryce Canyon. This morning we went out to scope the various places where we wanted to take pictures. We also took a lot of pictures; I in particular as I wanted Wife's critique on my composition. After a break in the afternoon, we set out again at 6 PM. Having watched the sun setting on the drive in yesterday, we knew that we had about 2 hours from 6:30 to 8:30.
We got to our first stop at 6:15. It was still really bright but one could see the changes taking place. Then as we made to go to our second stop, in came the clouds. Soon there was no setting sun to speak of. Bummer. But we continued on and found that while we were not favored by the 'golden light' at least the scenes were not bleached out by the high midday sun. I haven't looked at the pictures yet from this evening but I'm hoping that the level of color and detail will be much better than the ones from this morning because of the lack of bleaching bright light.
Tomorrow we tootle on back the 550 miles/9 hours back to Albuquerque. AND I DON'T WANT TO HEAR any snide remarks from various offspring that Wife and I are not slowing down! We are slowing down. We're just slowing down very...well slowly.