Be open to what is given you.

One of the highlights of the tour to Escalante, was the hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls. It was a lovely three mile, relatively easy hike, which we started at 8:00AM.  We started at 8AM with the intent of getting to the falls before the sun hits them.   Well, that did not work out well.  We really should have left at 5AM as the falls were in full sun when we arrived.  So what do you do?  Turn around and go home?  Sulk?  Get annoyed?  Throw a tantrum?   I suppose you could, however, our group chose a different approach.  In the spirit of Dewitt Jones, we CELEBRATED what was right!  We got out a polarizer and quickly realized the wet walls polarized really well.  And we found that the colors on the wall really POPPED because of the sun!  Happiness ensued and worthy images were created.  Well, happiness until the 3 mile hike back in much HOTTER sun……

This entry was posted in Color, Inspiration, Utah.


  1. Barbara K October 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Love these!

  2. Scott O October 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more JB. I was surprised to find the fall in full sun, but once I saw the yummy colors I realized we were really very fortunate. It was a great day to celebrate! Your versions are terrific as usual.

  3. Nancy T October 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Beautiful…worth the hike!

  4. Felice October 9, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    These are really lovely images, John. So glad I can see through your eyes, since I was unable to join you.

  5. Daniel Ruf October 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Love the capture.

  6. Mark Summerfield October 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Well worth the hike, John. Your control of the glare from the direct sunlight is perfect and a lesson to all.

  7. Bob Towery October 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Nice work, the colors are great. If I was along, I would be the one saying “uh, I think my polarizer is on the desk in the hotel.”

    Want to say that I love the forms in that second one. Brilliant.

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