Canyonlands Overloooks, part 1: The Needles

The goodbye sky

The goodbye sky

After marveling at the Shay Canyon petroglyphs, we drove on to Moab and secured lodgings for the night, then backtracked 30 miles to take in the sunset view from the Needles Overlook.

This vantage had the distinct AD-vantage of not actually being in Canyonlands National Park (closed to visitation thanks to the government shutdown), while nevertheless offering spectacular overviews of the area south and east of Island In The Sky Mesa, known as the Needles District.

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Anne and I did a quick walking tour around the point of rock, which stands sky high above the Lockhart Basin far below, and I determined the best place to set up my tripod for purposes of catching the last rays of the sun as they lit up the nearby cliffs. The sun’s rays were already setting the sandstone cliffs aglow, and the effect only deepened as sundown approached.

Look out below!

Look out below!

To make a long story short, I took a lot of photos. These are my favorites.

Two steps to nowhere

Two steps to nowhere

Towards the Blue Mountains

Toward the Blue Mountains

Grizzled veteran

Grizzled veteran

Breech in the wall

Breech in the wall

Downslope

Downslope

Rock faces

Rock faces

Cloudrunner

Cloudrunner

Sunset glow

Sunset glow

Vintage vista

Vintage vista

Forever view

Forever view

Sun's last kiss

Sun’s last kiss

Promontory

Promontory

Requiem for a day

Requiem for a day

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10 thoughts on “Canyonlands Overloooks, part 1: The Needles

    • Thanks Peter. I tend to do a lot of evaluation during the devpt. stage as to how each exposure can be best presented – sometimes B&W wins out.

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