Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch and a rare moment-- no crowd, nobody at all, around the arch on a summer afternoon. Arches N.P., UT; July 1997.
Bob Sihler
on Nov 18, 2006 12:04 am
Image Type(s): Hiking
Image ID: 245057


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Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Nov 18, 2006 2:34 pm - Voted 10/10


Weird and wonderful, should be picture of the day!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Nov 18, 2006 2:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Weird

That would be nice! Whether it is or isn't, though, thank you!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Nov 18, 2006 5:12 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: It looks like a painting

Thank you, and for the reference, too. I have to admit I know very little about art, but I do like landscape portraits, so maybe I'll check Hopper out.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Nov 18, 2006 6:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: It looks like a painting

Thank you-- I will take a look.


tuntun - Dec 7, 2006 2:42 am - Voted 10/10


Wonderful Dream world..Nice

Matthew Van Horn

Matthew Van Horn - May 1, 2007 12:05 pm - Voted 10/10

just awesome

I've sat right where that photo was taken from. That place is just awesome and your photo makes it seem out of this world.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - May 1, 2007 1:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: just awesome

Thank you! I used to have a vertical shot of this scene, showing the curve of the sandstone cliffs below the arch and deep shadows, but I lost both the photo and the negative (long story). Anyway, this is an awesome spot, and such a nice respite from the crowds usually all around the arch.


Marcsoltan - Jan 9, 2009 2:55 pm - Voted 10/10

No crowds!

You were so lucky. I just got back from there. My wife and I started hiking 6:30 a.m. to catch the sunrise, and avoid crowds.
It was 8F, and bone chilling. Hiked fast on icy ledges and got to the arch only to find 11 Japnese tourists in tennis shoes, waiting for the sun to come up. They were nice and got out of the way for me to take about 50 shots, none as beautiful as yours.
Happy climbing,

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jan 10, 2009 4:02 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: No crowds!

Thanks, Marc! You would think that heading out at dawn on a cold winter day would guarantee you the arch alone, but I guess not. That's crazy! You are right that I lucked out; when I got to the arch that day, there was the typical crowd around it. Somehow, though, they all left after a bit and I had this amazing window of solitude before the next wave arrived. It allowed me several shots of the arch from unusual perspectives. Unfortunately, I no longer have the negative or a print of my favorite shot-- a vertical from a similar perspective as this one but showing a deep, shadowed canyon below the arch.

I've been to the arch 3 times, I think. It's always got a crowd, but it's also always an amazing sight.

Cheers, Bob

P.S. I loved your shot of the first snowfall in the Palisades-- great light and composition with the drifts and the lake.


Marcsoltan - Jan 10, 2009 4:13 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: No crowds!

As to the "First snow on the Palisades", I took that shot in Nov 07, a year before I even knew of Summit Post, or even thought of ever sharing it. I pay better attention to my compostions now.
Thank you for the compliment, Bob.


IGO - Jan 27, 2009 5:30 pm - Voted 10/10


....on letting someone else climb the corporate ladder. I've said it a thousand times.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jan 28, 2009 9:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Amen...

Yup...In a perfect world, I'd be rich in the bank and have the mountains, but I'll settle for paying the bills and having the mountains!

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