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Friday Lens Affair #68

By Marysia @mytravelaffairs

Canyonlands National Park, US

Today I’m hosting an amazing photograph of Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park taken by Antonette Spaan – female half of We12travel Blog. If you are an outdoor freak you will love their adventures. Please follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated with their journey!

Picture Story: Canyonlands National Park, US

When preparing our US road trip and I was searching online for things to do in Canyonlands National Park, I quickly found pictures of sunrise above Mesa Arch. We thought it was some photoshop trick and when asking around Moab for the best time to catch this picture, we were being told that we shouldn’t bother going there because in summer the sun never rises the way we were expecting to.

Luckily I’m a persevering person and usually when someone tells me NO I say YES and ignore their advice. Getting up at 03.00 am was definitely worth getting this shot. After quite some arguing in the car (we should have explored the route when it was still light) we finally made it over from Moab to Canyonlands National Park. We walked over to the arch in pitch dark, only meeting a handful of other (wannabe) photographers upon arrival. And then the waiting began. I almost pissed my pants for the time it took but there was no way I was going to leave my spot.

And then, at last, the sun started rising and just moments after Mesa Arch got the orange glow. Just stunning, no one made a sound and did their best to capture their best shot. All that could be heard was the clicking of our cameras. Shortly after the magic was gone, herds of other tourists arrived, too late for this moment. Sorry guys, you should have gotten up at 3.00 am as well. Magic doesn’t come for nothing.

You don’t need to be a photographer to get this shot, you just gotta be there at the right time and with the right expectations. If you want to get my full story about this, please go here:

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