At last, the weather gods felt I was worthy for a nice, sunny morning. After getting my second camera ready for the 24-hour time lapse shot, I headed over to the parking lot for the Fossil Trail, and crossed the road over to the Castle Trail. On my hike last week over the Saddle Trail, I knew I wanted to set up on this spot for some morning light. There was a thin band of clouds on the horizon, so it denied me that very first, reddish pink light, but the sun quickly rose over that to still provide some great early light. I wandered around a bit, working along the formations to examine the rocks, cracking mud, and the play of light and shadows.
I worked along the road to the west for a bit, looking for wildlife and to see what else might present itself. Along the way, I photographed some interesting layers and textures in the Bigfoot Pass area. I also got my first shot of a grouse, and spent some time with some prairie dogs, mule deer, and pronghorn. I also took a few of what I call “middle of the road” photos. Not to say that they were average, but that the only way to take the photo is to set up the tripod in the middle of the road to get the angle and perspective that I want. For an example, visit my National Parks gallery and you will see a shot of a Utah juniper that I captured one winter morning in Zion National Park, standing right on the double yellow with a tripod.
I decided where I will spend my last morning tomorrow, a spot I have had my eye on for a couple of weeks. I can only hope that I will be as lucky again tomorrow as I was today with the weather.