Category Archives: USA 2023

Red Rock Retrospective

With our trip now firmly in the rear-view mirror, I’ve looked back and tried to condense what we experienced into guidance for future visitors and photographers. The primary purpose of our Red Rock Trip was very definitely to look at … Continue reading

Friday, December 1, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023

Second Time Lucky

I made an early start and made the short drive to Sunrise Point. This one is aptly named – you see the sun rise over the distant plateaus, and then a minute or so later the rocks in the amphitheatre … Continue reading

Monday, November 27, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023

Looping Back to Bryce

I started the day in Grand Canyon with a third sunrise shoot, this time at Yavapai Point. I was almost first there and could choose my spot, but it soon got very busy. What was interesting was that in the … Continue reading

Monday, November 20, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023

In Which Andrew and Frances Solve the Problem of Food in the Grand Canyon

Tuesday started with another dawn shoot. I caught the 5.30 shuttle bus to Yaki Point, which was full, but to my great surprise almost everyone got off at the prior stop, and I had the sunrise spot almost to myself. … Continue reading

Monday, November 13, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023

So Much for That

The Jag-war is now officially an ‘Ag-war, the J having either detached itself from the boot-lid somewhere in the desert Southwest, or having been detached by someone else suffering from the aforementioned. ‘Opefully ‘Ertz understand. I got up early and … Continue reading

Friday, November 10, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023

A New Nadir

We got on the road early to drive down to the Grand Canyon. The first segment went very well, with a quick drive to Jacob’s Lake, a pleasant coffee and cookie stop, and some wonderful scenery in great broken light … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023

To T’North (Rim)

Kanab is probably the best base for a day trip to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. We’ve had some aspiration to do such a trip since our first visit to the region in 1994, but each time it’s been prevented … Continue reading

Sunday, November 5, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023

White Pocket

Everyone knows The Wave, that curling saddle of twisted colourful layers of rock, and everyone wants to get to The Wave, but access is strictly controlled via a tight lottery, and only a few pull it off. However the Coyote … Continue reading

Friday, November 3, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023


On Wednesday morning I had another planned trip, to Peekaboo Slot Canyon near Kanab. This has many similar features to Antelope Canyon, except that if you time it right it’s completely empty, and a photographer can be left entirely to … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023

Cottonwood Canyon Road

After breakfast we set off for the drive back to Kanab. We shared the first two stages, over the mountain to Boulder and then down the SR12 to Cannonville. These were uneventful, except to note that the aspen trees which … Continue reading

Monday, October 30, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023


One of the reasons we have not previously explored Capitol Reef is that although it’s an enormous, diverse park, it’s not particularly well served by either self-drive roads or shared transport like a shuttle service. You can drive through the … Continue reading

Friday, October 27, 2023 in Photography, Travel, USA 2023

The Burr Trail and Into Capitol Reef

For the next stage of our trip we had to move on from Escalante to Torrey, at the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park. First leg of the journey was along the dramatic stretch of Scenic Route 12 to Boulder, … Continue reading

Thursday, October 26, 2023 in Travel, USA 2023