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Look through any window...
(A song from the Hollies, 1966). This window, though, is North Window, one of the two Windows arches in Arches National Park, with a view of Turret Arch beyond. I nearly didn't bother making the 20 mile trip for this as it was overcast back at base but I could see stars at times so I thought there could be a chance of the skies clearing for sunrise. It was quite fun scrambling through the window and then over the rocks in the pre-sunrise light; I was very wary where I placed my hands in case any nasty things were lurking in the cracks. I was joined a little while later by a German, an ex-Russian Canadian (co-founder of 500px.com) and a South African; all with a common purpose - but I had the best location because I got up early! There was just about ten minutes of sun to illuminate the scene before the clouds came over again.

We nearly didn't get this scene because just as it was about to appear another photographer plonked himself and his tripod in the arch. We gave him a few minutes to take his shots and then politely called out to ask him if he would mind stepping back for a while so we could get our shots. Several times we asked him and had absolutely no response or acknowledgement from him at all and we getting less "diplomatic" and more vociferous with our requests! Eventually, something got through to him and he whipped off some earbuds; he hadn't seen us or heard us at all as he was listening to some music (Why? What was wrong with just enjoying the vista?) apparently. He was most apologetic and got quickly out of the way!
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Album name:alanuk / Four Corners, USA
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Keywords:Arches National Park North Window October 2013 Turret Arch USA Utah
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Date added:Oct 25, 2013
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Date Time:2013-10-25T20:38:05+01:00
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Helen  [Oct 25, 2013 at 10:01 PM]
Wow Alan I would look through this window anytime. I am glad that the fella eventually got out of your way, nothing worse than someone standing there in front of such a magnificent scene, when you want to take a photo. You have captured another brilliant shot with a magical feeling to it. Splendid light & good composition adding to it that gorgeous sky set against the sandstone colours of the arch. I can make out what looks to be a resemblance of a prehistoric dinosaur in the background. Thank you I just love it & a well worthy Ten from me again.
George  [Oct 26, 2013 at 05:37 PM]
Now that is a window to look through, gorgeous.
After filling the screen with this cracking shot I have no reservation in hitting the ten button like Helen.
Gorgeous colours, the cross lighting giving the whole scene a 3D effect with oodles of depth all the way to the horizon and that superb sky.
Luv it an excellent shot, in the nick of time too
Beermonsta  [Oct 26, 2013 at 07:20 PM]
A truly amazing landscape Alan, and the detail you have here from front to back is wonderful, especially the textures and tones in the rocks., I too will hit the ten, then sit back and enjoy this for a while.
Silversnapper  [Oct 27, 2013 at 08:34 AM]
What an awesome landscape beautiful captured and presented Alan and I can add nothing to the fine words already written so I'll just give it another ten and sit back and enjoy the fruits of your skillful labours. By the way, how does one become an ex-Russian.
JOHN  [Oct 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM]
A bit late but agree with what has been said, another really nice image, and not a GU in site.
Photojunkie  [Oct 30, 2013 at 05:29 PM]
Wow Alan, that's pretty awesome - just imaginng you all staying there all night, obviously was worth it all but Did it get really cold?
Merlynn  [Oct 31, 2013 at 08:12 PM]
Can only agree with the fine well deserved comments above Alan,
a fabulous image that's done justice to a fabulous location, the red sandstone seems to positively glow when bathed in sunlight, no wonder it's such a honeypot for Photographers the world over,
Excellent work! well done Sir!.
AlanJohnPhoto  [Nov 03, 2013 at 12:31 PM]
Bingo!!!!! A great picture, 'nuff said.