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Paria, or Pahreah, is a ghost town on the Paria River in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in central Kane County, Utah, United States. It was inhabited from 1870 to 1929, and later used as a filming location.

Paria is one of the oddest places on earth. If you like geology, you are going to LOVE Paria! There are more colored layers of rock here than you can shake a stick at.

The Outlaw Josey Wales was filmed with Clint Eastwood here in the 1970s. There was a cool old town till some dimwits burned it down about 10 years ago,

80 images cropped a bit. a very large panorama!

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***CLICK on the Above Image to go to Flickr and see options for up to a 10,000 pixel version***

Tuweap also known as Toroweap is at the far western edge of the Grand Canyon National Park. It’s a really rough drive out to the edge. 65 miles off pavement and the last 7-8 miles you need 4x4 to make it.

This is a huge panorama 80 separate images. Stitched on their edges. 40 for the sky and 40 for the ground. Standing on the edge of a 3,000 foot drop 6″ from death in total darkness is a bit unnerving, especially since the ground exposure was about 30 minutes. Hence the detail of a very realistic view of this fabulous viewpoint. If you have 4x4 get out to see this! WAY worth it, its the most unreal part of the Grand Canyon.

Click on the image to go to Flickr and see this image up to 10,000 pixels.

***Warning 80mb image***

If you have the bandwidth click on the big image,  zoom in and see what you can see at night, at the bottom of a black canyon.

The post Tuweap or Toroweap. A Black Canyon at night in total darkness appeared first on David Lane Astrophotography.

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On a pleasant evening during the new moon in April 2018, the zodiacal light reappeared over the desert southwest. Venus, which had been burning brightly in the sky after sunset dropped to just over the horizon after astronomical dark. The strong wind of the previous day had died down to an occasional cool breeze. Some dust still lingered in the atmosphere as evidenced by the ruddy horizon, but the Zodiacal Light showed forth with great effect.

It was surprisingly pleasant for April in the Southwest. Temperatures drifted in the low 50s and there was just a bit of occasional wind. Oddly frogs chorused from an area below me and center-left in the image. It was had to imagine as the temperature continued to drop that a multitude frogs were singing a loud and one assumes bawdy barupppp over and over.

By the time the shot was over (30-40 minutes), the temperature had dropped enough that I pulled my coat tight around me and zipped it up over my face. Holding still in the low 40s was getting nippy. The frog band stilled as well and I was left with just a great night sky to contemplate and watch as Orion slipped below the horizon. I sighed, gathered up my gear and headed to back to Jimmy.

Despite having been hurried to get this enormous shot finished before Venus slipped from view, I managed to capture what even in the camera was an impressive image. This image is an astounding 80 images stitched together. 40 images of the sky with tracking and 40 images of the ground.

Shot at 85mm, f1.3, ISO 8000 and various exposures. 3rd pano of water in star focus.

The post White Pocket Arizona with Orion, Venus and the Zodiacal Light appeared first on David Lane Astrophotography.

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