— That is the kind of shopping I love doing: nature shopping. Whenever things get hectic at work and I need to recharge my internal batteries, a nature fix gets the job done. Whether biking or hiking, open spaces do wonders for me.
During our Utah national park vacation, the fifth park we visited was Arches National Park. Arches was established as a national monument on April 12, 1929, and on November 12, 1971, it became a national park. The park is famous for the many arches scattered throughout its 76,519 acres or 119 square miles (30,966 ha or 308 square km). There is not a real count of how many arches there are in the park, but over 2,000 have already been recorded. The sandstone formations in the park get their red color because they contain iron oxide.
When we first drove into the park, we decided to hike the easy trail known as Park Avenue. The trail is only a mile long and offers incredible views of some of the most impressive rock formations. The trail name comes from the fact that the large formations resemble the tall buildings on Park Avenue in New York City. Hiking this trail offers visitors with views of the Three Gossips, the Courthouse Towers, Queen Nefertiti and Queen Victoria Rock, the Organ, and the Tower of Babel.
Taken: 14 May, 2016
Focal length: 21.1mm
Location: 38° 37.5167′ 0″ N 109° 35.9833′ 0″ W
Shutter speed: 1/45s