I’ve got a number of good photographs from two different days of wonderful snowfall on Lake Powell. One was on a Thanksgiving and the other on Christmas Day!
As we enjoy our relatively mild Winter this year I figured it would be a nice treat to show you the beautiful juxtaposition of snowfall, desert and lake.
There is an iconic photograph of snow on Lake Powell in 1987 by Gary Ladd which I am privileged to have been given a print by the photographer. It was definitely right place, right time as Gary was camped out on Alstrom Point!
Look for more winter Lake Powell photographs in the coming days.
Here’s a rather straight-forward abstract photograph that I took that I feel embodies Lake Powell very well. In some ripples we see the warm reflection of some Navajo Sandstone.
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With wonderfully clear skies Lake Powell plays host to incredible beauty at night as well as the daytime. My favorite is when the full moon dances over the lake during sunset or dusk.
For those who have ever tried to capture the awe of a huge full moon only to be disappointed by the relative actual size here’s my secret for this photograph: multiple exposure. I first exposed and shot the moon with a 300mm and then on the same frame composed the rest of the image. In such modern times with digital cameras you could accomplish the same thing in Photoshop, but I am very happy with my “natural” photo manipulation.
I took this photograph of the moon and Navajo Mountain from the scenic viewpoint between the North and South Wahweap park entrance roads. No trickery here aside from the (grainy) high speed film which allowed me to capture this without a tripod. I love how clearly you can see the snow and detail on the mountain.
The weather can be quite extreme up here and because of the loose sand your typical tent stakes will not hold your tent down in any wind. My solution is to get some weight on the stakes by piling rocks on. The last thing you want is to find your tent sailing into the lake!
It’s quite a long ways down as you can see by this photograph looking down into Gunsight Bay. Although on our many trips we’ve discussed the logistics of climbing either up or down these cliffs it’s a challenge that does not need to be met.