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Photo Essay: Solitude In America’s National Parks, Utah

written by Penny Sadler

I’m very excited to share this photo essay of the beautiful American west by Dallas photographer, David Spector.

David had planned a road trip to Arches and Capitol Reef National Parks, two of Utah’s five national parks. He booked a room that had no actual address, only map coordinates.

The next morning he awoke to find himself in this beautiful landscape where he could wander in solitude on unpaved trails. The following images were taken at sunrise in Capitol Reef Park, and sunset at Arches National Park. I love that these images are not the usual photographs of the red rock arches or sandstone monoliths of Utah’s national parks, but simple landscapes that evoke a sense of place.

 Solitude in America’s National Parks

Photo Essay: Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Sunrise in Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.


Photo Essay: solitude in America's National Parks

Sunrise over Camel Rock Face, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

Photo essay: Captol Reef and Arches National Parks, Utah

Lone primrose. Capitol Reef National Park.

Photo Essay: Utah's National Parks

Twisted bough at sunrise, Capitol Reef National Park.

Photo Essay: Arches and Capitol Reef National Park

Sunset At Arches National Park.

photo essay: Capitol Reef and Arches Valley, Utah

Sunset in Arches Valley, Arches, National Park, Utah.

Petroglyphys at Captitol Reef National Park, Utah

Native American petroglyphys on a rock wall, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

If you’d like to learn more about Capitol Reef I’ve included this interesting National Geographic article link for you.

To see more of David’s images from his Utah road trip visit his gallery: www.specto-graphy.com/story

David Spector is a Dallas photographer who specializes in portrait, landscape and editorial fashion photography. For his online portfolio and contact information check out his blog and website.

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Cathy Sweeney August 14, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Gorgeous photos that really take me back to visits to Capitol Reef and other places in Southern Utah. It’s a stunning area on earth. I’ll have to check out David’s gallery. Thanks for the introduction to this talented photographer.

Penny Sadler August 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Thanks Cathy!

Emiel August 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

I dream of visiting these parks in the west of the USA. Zion, Arches, Monument… I think my SD card would explode. Not only from the number of pictures, but also the colors! Love seeing pictures like this.

Penny Sadler August 8, 2015 at 4:47 pm

I agree Emiel! Thanks for the great comment. You win!

Meg Jerrard August 6, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Absolutely stunning photographs! We have only hit up one of the 5 NP’s in Utah, having visited Arches last year, though I’m really looking forward to getting back to experience more of what the State has to offer.

Some pretty incredible nature! I’ll have to make sure I rise early enough to witness those amazing sunrises!

Penny Sadler August 8, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Thanks Meg!

Miranda August 6, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Wow – it’s almost like looking at a series of paintings. I’ve always wanted to visit this part of the world as I great up reading my grandfather’s Louis L’Amour novels. When would you say is the best time to visit David? Also, when is the best time of day for taking photos? Beautiful work!

Marc August 4, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Beautiful. Been to Archers National Park. It’s simply amazing. It’s one of my favorite national parks ever.

David Spector August 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm

It was really breathtaking!


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