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Mesa Arch Sunrise

By TonyA
Mesa Arch is a window onto the desertscape of southeastern Utah. It lies right on the edge of the Island in the Sky Mesa, at the top of a 600-foot drop-off into Buck Canyon. The arch is small by Utah standards-roughly 50 feet long and 15 feet high. Nevertheless it presents some nice views of the canyons below. The La Sal Mountains are nicely framed by the opening on the background, with the Monster Tower and Airport Tower rising from the White Rim Plateau in the foreground.

I photographed the arch in November 2006 at first light, when the bottom of the span was brilliantly lit by the first rays of sun light.

For anyone interested in seeing the full arch I have loaded an image on the modified area.


Tags: Utah Usa General Sunrise Stone Us Arch Landscape and travel Mesa Mesa arch Canyonlands national park

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Paintman Plus
14 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 7:02AM
I like the use of the arch as a natural frame and the warm tones of the reflected light. A beautiful view too. Lovely work.
swami1969 17 2 India
28 Feb 2007 7:02AM
Lovely tonal variations and the reflected light on the arch. Beautiful.
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 7:29AM
brilliant photography alan, love the framing light and detail, as for the view it's stunning.

Callanan 15 7 Ireland
28 Feb 2007 7:35AM
This is a great photo. The shot was well framed and those firey colours are magnificant

viscostatic 14 49 10 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 7:39AM
This is a real beauty - taken at just the right moment as the rising sun catches the arch and some of the rocks in the middle distance. The exposure is well controlled throughout with detail in all areas. I like the way the distant pinnacle acts as a focal point. A photograph to be proud of.

trissie 14 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 8:04AM
Brilliant capture, with rich colours and lovely light and detail. Great when viewed large.

Trish x
AngelaR 16 155 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 8:04AM
Fabulous shot Antonio. The light and the colours here on the rocks is superb. Great work in this series.
iancatch 14 4 45 England
28 Feb 2007 8:18AM
Fantastic view point and great colour
TerryBaxter 15 11
28 Feb 2007 8:37AM
One of the best shots of this I've seen; and I've seen a few.

richardwheel 15 217 2 England
28 Feb 2007 8:54AM
stunning - I'm enjoying seeing this series of photos from you Tony
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 9:03AM
Another stunning image Antonio, excellent exposure, the distant pinnacle provding a good focal point, great tones and texture in the foreground and good detail in all areas through the arch.
User_Removed 14 16 England
28 Feb 2007 9:19AM
Wonderful light and I like the view through the hole effect. A very effective composition!
JohnHorne 16 1.0k
28 Feb 2007 9:30AM
Excellent. I love the way the light and the atmosphere bring out the contours of the land in the distance. (It feels as though the image could do with a slight clockwise rotation - but as I'm not familiar with this area you'll probably tell me that isn't the case.) Lovely colours. Click.
freybird 14 1 England
28 Feb 2007 9:49AM
Superb, very atmospheric. Geoff
kaybee Plus
16 7.6k 26 Scotland
28 Feb 2007 9:54AM
First I must say "I am very sorry". I have no idea how I have missed your portfolio - it is spectacular.

I love the point this one has been taken from - much more impressive than the whole arch

Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 10:05AM
Awesome scene, beautifully composed and taken, superb work.

LenaP 14 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 10:30AM
This is simply breathtaking!!
28 Feb 2007 10:51AM
Fantastica imagen.
Me encanta el color que tienen las rocas baņadas por el sol, y justo ese punto para sacar la foto es perfecto.
Muy buen trabajo.

VintageRed 15 15 1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 11:13AM
Well controlled exposure Tony.
28 Feb 2007 11:26AM
A wonderful capture,Tony, complimented by some glorious colours. I love the composition and perspective. Well deserving of a RC.

jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
28 Feb 2007 11:34AM
Again a WOWWOW, picture.
What a beautiful panorama. ! Excellent photo.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
28 Feb 2007 11:50AM
Dramatic framing with the arch

oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
28 Feb 2007 12:02PM
A most interesting viewpoint. Another beauty.

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 12:26PM
A truly superb landscape image. I'm sure that everything else has already been said.

NevP 15 853 13 Canada
28 Feb 2007 2:17PM
Fabulous, it just goes on forever. 1st class image.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
28 Feb 2007 2:25PM
Such an amazing view, bet it was spectacular to see! beautiful sunrise lighting up the canyon, superb camera work Antonio!

Sez Smile
LauraBeans 15 32 Scotland
28 Feb 2007 2:36PM
wow. amazing shot! Great composition.

AlanBW 15 20 England
28 Feb 2007 2:45PM
The colours and lighting are superb
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
28 Feb 2007 3:20PM it
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
28 Feb 2007 3:45PM
Ah yes, this is the classic scene. And you really nailed the time of day perfectly. Excellent light and as good as I've ever seen it! The full arch is spectacular too, but I can see why you chose this composition.

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
28 Feb 2007 3:58PM


Blenkinsopp 15 320 4 England
28 Feb 2007 4:11PM
awesome lighting!
liparig 16 233 United States
28 Feb 2007 5:40PM
wow stunning shot incredible light and composition
xinia 16 54
28 Feb 2007 5:42PM
wonderful depth and play of light - super series
Pricey Plus
15 290 2 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 6:49PM
Great capture, beautifully composed.
Derek3755 14 4 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 7:05PM
Stunning! Beautiful Light and Composition!

(gotta put this are on my list to visit when we are over there on Oct)

Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 7:40PM
Stunning image Tony. Love the light, and the way the arch frames the shot.

redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 7:46PM
An incredible landscape, love the final image, really atmospheric.
rusmi 17 37 1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 7:54PM
STUNNING!!! lovely capture, click
28 Feb 2007 8:45PM
Beautiful shot Antonio, you certainly chose the best time of day for it.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
28 Feb 2007 9:02PM
Through the key hole Tony/excellent view and colours.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
28 Feb 2007 9:17PM
a terrific view and a great exposure
28 Feb 2007 9:26PM
This is awesome, as they say in the States.
exposure Plus
16 6.0k United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 9:43PM
Stunning beautiful light detail tones and a beautiful composition.
Dotrob 15 Wales
28 Feb 2007 11:13PM
Fantastic shot, super lighting and colours.
User_Removed 16 825 Lithuania
1 Mar 2007 5:28AM
wow!... what a place to be!
DYankee 15 6 United States
1 Mar 2007 11:16PM
Absolute perfection!! Now that's just the kind of place I'd stay for hours. Smile
Dawn Smile

Side note: Thanks for the lovely added comment, about the couple you ran into. It made both Phil and I smile. Smile
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2211 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2007 8:50PM
Amazing, wonderful view, beautifully composed.
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
2 Mar 2007 10:45PM
Hi Antonio,
a beautiful natural arch with stunning lighting and a heavenly view.Awesome.Take care.AnnSmile
paul_indigo 17 259 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2007 11:46AM
Love this compostion the the beautiful light.
hayleyk 15 56 England
5 Mar 2007 9:57PM
Another fantastic view,so well captured.Love the light on the arch.

Camairish 15 1.4k Scotland
15 Mar 2007 1:36PM
I've just discovered these shots - outstanding work, I'm really inspired,

martin.w Plus
19 603 28 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2007 11:13PM
100 up, a brilliant image.
4 Apr 2007 6:27AM
Nice one, I arrived at this location a couple of years ago and it was....cloudy! An amazing part of the world though

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