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Bryce Canyon Area

I shot some aperture series this morning and various, then proceeded towards Bryce Canyon National Park. For some parks, the best way to see it is via bicycle, so I rode in 18 miles from the valley below (a test of its own see my April 22 notes on concussion). Note well that the national forest areas near Bryce and Zion are very nice in their own right, and very peaceful, and the camping is everywhere and free. National Parks get very crowded and thus unpleasant, though April is an excellent time to visit.

There is a fantastic bike trail from down in the valley; it starts where the national forest starts and runs about 18 miles (one way) all the way to the popular Bryce Canyon overlooks. Climbing is a gentle grade and only about 1400 vertical feet.

Below, I held on tight because nothing but a very long rope would have let me retrieve my Moots.

Lloyd with Moots Vamoots RSL road bike poised on rail, Bryce Canyon National Park
f1.8 @ 1/1300 sec, ISO 20; 2018-04-22 18:12:44
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 4.0 mm f/1.8

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Below, one need not enter the national park for scenic views of another kind in the national forest areas,which surrounds a few small private land inholdings.

Private homes on private land near Cedar Breaks / Bryce Canyon
f2.8 @ 1/1800 sec, ISO 20; 2018-04-22 14:55:41 [panorama]
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 6.6 mm f/2.8

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Below, the national forest between Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks is lovely, and offers many miles of excellent roads for mountain biking or that just-right camping spot. There are huge heaps of lava amid the native sedimentary rocks shown here.

Huge heaps of lava amid the native sedimentary rock
f1.8 @ 1/1800 sec, ISO 20; 2018-04-22 09:42:22 [panorama]
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 4.0 mm f/1.8

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Bryce Canyon overlook, view to southeast, Bryce Canyon National Park
f1.8 @ 1/1900 sec, ISO 20; 2018-04-22 17:36:07 [panorama]
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 4.0 mm f/1.8

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Below, Bryce Canyon from one of the lookout areas. The trail seen near center can be hiked or ridden on horseback.

Bryce Canyon overlook, view to northeast, Bryce Canyon National Park
f2.8 @ 1/1000 sec, ISO 20; 2018-04-22 17:51:57 [panorama]
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 6.6 mm f/2.8

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Lloyd with Moots Vamoots RSL road bike, Bryce Canyon National Park
f1.8 @ 1/2700 sec, ISO 20; 2018-04-22 17:37:06 [panorama]
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 4.0 mm f/1.8

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Below, I don’t like the left side, but I was not about to climb over the fence in my cycling shoes.

Bryce Canyon overlook, view to east, Bryce Canyon National Park
f1.8 @ 1/4000 sec, ISO 20; 2018-04-22 18:10:14 [panorama]
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 4.0 mm f/1.8

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Bryce Canyon area bike trail, the ride back to the valley
f2.8 @ 1/2400 sec, ISO 20; 2018-04-22 18:49:01 [panorama]
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 6.6 mm f/2.8

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Below, I always like the look of shots made with the Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4—crisp contrast and sharp detail. I deem the Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 a must-have for Sony shooters unless manual focus is a show-stopper.

Below, camping (for free) in the national forest near Bryce Canyon National Park. This campsite is better than anything in the park and comes nuisance free (noise from other people and their stuff). While I probably could have made it here without 4WD with some special driving efforts, I don’t need the stress of maybe getting stuck—4WD is a godsend.

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Camping in the national forest near Bryce Canyon National Park
f8 @ 1/8 sec, ISO 100; 2018-04-22 18:08:50
Sony A7R III + Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon

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Below, Cedar Breaks National Monument overlook, the night before.

Rising Earth Shadow, Cedar Breaks National Monument
f2.8 @ 1/120 sec, ISO 160; 2018-04-21 20:19:49 [panorama]
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 @ 57mm equiv (6.6mm)

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