Utah – Seems Like Home
I recently had the opportunity to go on a rafting trip on the Colorado River in Utah, mostly through the Canyonlands National Park and through the very exciting Cataract Canyon. It was conducted by Outward Bound for military veterans. There were 22 veterans on the course along with four instructors. I had a great time, got to see some wonderful country and landscapes, and of course, took several hundred photos during the week-long adventure.
I like this area so much because the colors are so vibrant, there is always great light, and the immense scale of the landscape is amazing. Photography here is always enjoyable and challenging because there is always something new and different around the next mountain, bend, or rock. I also saw some wildlife that most of us don’t normally see, like big horn sheep, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and lizards.
The Southwest can be tough on camera equipment, though. The conditions there can easily beat up your equipment, particularly dust and sand in the desert. I looked at a number of viable solutions to keep my equipment safe in this demanding environment. I ended up with an Otterbox to protect my camera body and a lens . It was challenging to find a box big enough, but not too big. The box did a great job of keeping them dry on the river. I did have the camera out quite a bit and sand did get in the camera body and may have caused a failure of the automatic focusing mechanism, but the Otterbox was not at fault.
Here are a few of my photos from the trip.