Turret Arch through the North Window
Arches National Park, Utah
Turret Arch through the North Window – When I was at Landscape Arch the day before, I had talked to another amateur photographer, who told me he had shot Turret Arch through North Window, but he was also among 30 people clamoring for a spot on the tiny outcrop. I had been there before and I knew what the coveted perch was like for this shot and there’s really enough room for two, maybe three people comfortably to get the ‘famous’ angle I was after.
I was in complete disbelief when I got to the Windows parking lot a little after 5:45 a.m. to find I was the only one there. In the dark, I clambered up to the outcropping, sat back, and waited.
One by one people did start to arrive, but nothing like the droves I had expected and seen the past few days. But to my dismay, people actually started to set up tripods and hanging out IN the north window. Shooting what? I have no idea! One lady even waved and smiled at me – I’m sure she thought she was being nice, but to me, it felt more like she was mocking me, knowing what a pain in the ass it was going to be for me to have to Photoshop them out of every picture.
Due to some high clouds to the east, I only got a soft glow on the rocks and it only lasted a moment.
As I got back to my car, the Windows area was starting to get its usual tour bus and family activity so I went over to Panorama Point, broke out the stove to heat up a burrito, and sat back in the camp chair to enjoy the rest of the sunrise over the LaSals. I was exhausted from a restless night with an air mattress that didn’t hold air, but as I sat there, I couldn’t help feel pretty amped up about this trip. It turned out to be pretty much what I expected and had hoped for.