Most photographers are always looking for unique and natural locations to photograph. Living in the United States I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit some amazing locations. Most of my photography locations are on the east coast because I am from North Carolina. However, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to photograph some locations out west. One such location is in the state of Utah. A few years ago, my wife and I decided to take a little vacation and we wanted to see Utah. We had been there before and loved the unique landscapes throughout the state. We decided to visit Arches National Park near the town of Moab. I wanted to see the unique arch formations that I had seen in many photographs. However, I learned quickly that the famous arches are not the only locations for photographers who love to photograph nature and landscapes. There were other unique landscape formations.
One such unique desert location was the Balance Rock inside the park. As a kid, my family took a short trip through the desert on our way to Arizona. I remembered as a kid the balanced rocks as we traveled through different states. When I saw the balanced rock in Utah it reminded me of those very impressive sites. The Balanced Rock is very impressive rock formation and one of the iconic symbols of the park. The Balanced Rock is 128 feet tall and the appearance of it balancing on an eroded rock was a site to see. The balanced rock atop of the formation is made of Entrada sandstone and the rock that it is balanced on is an eroded pedestal of mudstone. The Balanced Rock appears to define the laws of gravity when you see it. As I looked at the Balanced Rock I wondered just how long the rock would be there. That is why I wanted to get the shot. You never know when mother nature may make a change to the unbelievable view.
To get an up close and personal view of the rock is not difficult at all. The Balanced Rock is located along the roadway and it is located a little over 9 miles from the park's visitors center. It was a little difficult to find a parking location to stop and take the photo I took. Parking is limited. Another problem was finding a good location to take the photo. The three rock formations required me to use a variety of lens options to capture the look I was looking for. The photo I took was taken in the early morning which gave the Balanced Rock a beautiful golden look. I did attempt to photograph the Balanced Rock at different times of the day but I realized that the desert does have a tendency to change quickly and so did the colors and look of the Balanced Rock.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit the Arches National Park in Utah and want to take some photos of the landscapes and especially the Balanced Rock plan to spend at least a week there. You will not be sorry.
Until next time, keep shooting!