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Chinese Wall in Bryce Canyon # 6174

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Date: 2004.11.19
Vantage Point: From Fairyland Loop Trail

Caption: This exposed tree root frames the rock formation called the Chinese Wall.

PhotoDescr: Snow still lingered on the shaded side of the multicoloured rock formations on Bryce Canyon National Park's Fairyland Loop trail. Taking the trail in a clockwise direction, I was on my way back up to the rim when my eye was caught by the way the arch of this root framed one of the many unique rock formations in the park. This particular set of towers is part of what is named on the map as the "Chinese Wall", presumably because of a resemblance to the Great Wall of China.

In order to maximize depth of field (putting both the very near foreground and the background in as sharp a focus as possible), I set my lens to its smallest aperture (f/22) and widest angle (28mm), and braced my elbows in the trailside mud. I let the autoexposure decide the shutter speed.

Mid-November is a little late in the hiking season for Bryce; the area had already received its first major snowfall, and when I hiked the Fairlyland Loop trail, the temperatures at the start were below freezing. The upside is that the trails were firm rather than muddy and I had the place to myself almost the entire hike; the park's 1.7 million annual visitors tend to come earlier in the year. It was also easy to avoid heat stroke.

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