GREEN RIVER CANYONLANDS, ISLAND IN THE SKY

February 23, 2016


 
 The beautiful island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park is one of my all time favorite places to watch the sunset, the stars at night, and the sunrise over the vast vista canyonland plain, it just doesn't get much better than this.
 
Green River, Island in the Sky-canyonlands, Moab Utah
I camped at the willow site near the green river to get a few photos of this beautiful surreal overlook and what I view I had in the morning and at night.
Green River, Island in the Sky-canyonlands, Moab Utah
It got down to the 20s at night but it quickly warmed up with the suns radiant heat when it peaked over the horizon in the morning so the temperature was not bad overall.
Green River, Island in the Sky-canyonlands, Moab Utah
The Green river meandered through the basin and has created its own set of canyons which reflected the lighter colors in the backdrop of the darker colors as the sunset creating a pastel array of design and dimension.  It seriously looks like a painting just being here looking out into the basin.
Green River, Island in the Sky-canyonlands, Moab Utah
Further out are some canyon pulls and river rafting that I have heard to be quite awesome and remote if you have time to find yourself in solitude, drifting down the green river.  
Green River, Island in the Sky-canyonlands, Moab Utah
Other photographers showed up, as expected, to take a crack at the sun setting over the range in the foreground.
Green River, Island in the Sky-canyonlands, Moab Utah
The night time was interesting in itself as the milky way galaxy could be seen and I worked on a college of night photos to render the photograph at the bottom of the page.
Green River, Island in the Sky-canyonlands, Moab Utah
I don't think I can ever get sick of coming to the Island in the Sky and I look forward to coming back more in the near future.
Green River, Island in the Sky-canyonlands, Moab Utah
cell phone reception sucks and I was not able to reach out to anyone but the visitor center appeared to have service yet text messages and phone calls were not coming through.
Green River, Island in the Sky-canyonlands, Moab Utah
Next stop will have to be the grand overview and an afternoon shot of mesa arch, yea I know so many people go there to photo the window but it is good practice.
Green River, Island in the Sky-canyonlands, Moab Utah

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