Monday – Windows at Dawn
for the first and only time of the trip, the morning sky was largely cloudless.
Andra and I hiked the short trail to the east side of the windows and I
set up my camera in anticipation of the first few moments of morning light
on the rocks. Further east, a cluster of sandstone fins harbored a light
fog that lingered even when other areas cleared. The eastern horizon grew
light blue, then almost white, and in a matter of seconds the
rock arches before us turned from tawny brown to glowing amber to an almost
neon orange. I took a few photographs, moved a few steps north, took a
few more, moved a few steps south, took a few more, and then the show was
over. In just about 2 minutes, the sun had breached the horizon and sailed
into a bank of high clouds that diffused the light and took the edge off
the blazing orange light. Nevertheless, I had gotten my favorite photographs
of the trip in that 2-minute window. Andra hiked back to the car via the
primitive trail while I hiked back via the improved trail, where I stopped
to admire Turret Arch. As luck would have it, the sun broke through the
clouds right at that moment and I was able to capture more of that wonderful
morning light on Turret Arch. The sky grew more grey by the moment, however,
and by the time we were back in the car and driving west towards the park
entrance, almost no blue sky could be seen.
We drove on, back to the highway that would lead
us back to home, work and responsibility. Reluctantly.