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Road Canyon Ruin

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 23 February 2015 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Being one of the most fascinating places I'd read about in preparing for this excursion, I knew I had to see it on my desert travels. At the right time of day, sunlight reflects off the rocks below the alcove and lights up the ceiling. I had to wait two hours in the cold wind to get the light I wanted. It was worth it.

This is one of those places way off the beaten path. How did I find it you wonder? I subscribe to the 'Photograph America Newsletter' published by Robert Hitchman. A number of years ago, I read about this resource on The Luminous Landscape site and ordered all the back issues that Mr. Hitchman offers as well as signed up for the ongoing Newsletter. I've not been disappointed.

In case you were wondering, my only interest in the aforementioned newsletter is as a satisfied customer. It's a great resource for finding neat places to photograph in the USA.

Road Canyon Ruin
Cedar Mesa, Utah
Part of the Great American West series.

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellente compo et infos 5****

23 Feb 2015 5:33am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel dessin et vue quel rendu sur la roche et ce brillant sueprbe vue.

23 Feb 2015 5:38am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It was worth really looking forward to. The picture is gorgeous.

23 Feb 2015 5:43am

Maxine from Christchurch, New Zealand

WOW!!! the rock looks like soft caramel and its about to drop on the house.

23 Feb 2015 6:49am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Just a superb textures

23 Feb 2015 6:52am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Fantastique composition and superb textures and colors. Very impressiv.

23 Feb 2015 7:27am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A sensational image where the scale is all but overwhelming . . top class photowork for sure.

23 Feb 2015 7:45am

jean pierre from paris, France

joli rendu des matières!! amitiés

23 Feb 2015 8:23am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

C'est beau !

23 Feb 2015 8:33am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

That must be one of the most awe-inspiring, rocky ceilings I have ever seen. Magnificent.

23 Feb 2015 8:58am

Ben from Rennes, France

Beautiful! Il ike colors and textures!

23 Feb 2015 9:15am

Martine Libouton from Belgium


23 Feb 2015 9:22am

Pat. from France

Very impressive, this incredible rock material!

23 Feb 2015 9:25am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - not much more to add to your description of this fascinating place. A perfect capture of the light.

23 Feb 2015 9:57am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful composition, colors & lighting!
wonderful textures!

23 Feb 2015 10:27am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

most impressive, WELL DONE****

23 Feb 2015 10:50am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

What a view ! Thanks for sharing

23 Feb 2015 12:00pm

julie from France

Ici, je vois un gigantesque monobloc de chocolat... au lait... :)
Superbe cliché, bravo ! Bonne semaine Steve.

23 Feb 2015 12:14pm

k@ from Paris, France

Wow, impressive !!

23 Feb 2015 1:15pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Teintes et construction incroyables !!

23 Feb 2015 1:23pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful shot. Love the beautiful textures.

23 Feb 2015 2:05pm

Kiki from Auvergne, France

It was worth waiting, the contrast of colors in this light and the relief of the rock are magnificently returned!

23 Feb 2015 2:49pm

Diana from Olympia, United States


23 Feb 2015 4:11pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

You did a great job with the lighting to accent the amazing structure. I have seen a few of the more common ones and I am always impressed as to how them made them and lived in them.

23 Feb 2015 4:17pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent! Great framing and superb composition!

23 Feb 2015 4:30pm

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

Amazing contrasts in colors in the walls. A very interesting shot.

23 Feb 2015 4:33pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Striking composition. Excellent image.

23 Feb 2015 5:52pm

The#1AcePhotog from portland, United States

This is just so beautifully composed. That overhead rock is so imposing! In part, it is the contrast between its massiveness and vulnerability of the shelter. Best photo of the day! Definately!

23 Feb 2015 6:11pm

The#1AcePhotog from portland, United States

This is just so beautifully composed. That overhead rock is so imposing! In part, it is the contrast between its massiveness and vulnerability of the shelter. Best photo of the day! Definately!

23 Feb 2015 6:16pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Gorgeous shot; beautiful scene, composition, textures, earthen colors and well worth your battle with the wind!

23 Feb 2015 8:47pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Amazing image !

23 Feb 2015 9:00pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

THe reflection of light is amazing! Beautiful image

23 Feb 2015 9:03pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A gorgeous capture that was indeed well worth the wait!! The colors and textures are amazing!
And thank you for the resources you provided.

23 Feb 2015 10:26pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

What a powerful, striking shot - I really couldn't fathom what I was looking at at first, had to scroll down to see the full image and read your description, then look again - what a great first impression !

23 Feb 2015 11:32pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

The most impressive thing about this place is the height where it was built ... Stunning image !!! The details and the color are spectacular ...

23 Feb 2015 11:58pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Wow, great framing, super détails on the rocky ceiling. Like a lot!

24 Feb 2015 10:40am

L'angevine from Angers, France

excellent ce cadrage et ce rendu en haut

24 Feb 2015 2:20pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

esta foto es magnifica !!! claro que valió la pena esperar !!!! un lujo de colores y texturas frente a tus ojos , es formidable . un beso grande . Alejandra

24 Feb 2015 4:50pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful shot. Amazing details and excellent composition. :)

24 Feb 2015 5:13pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Must be difficult for you to select a 'Fave' from such a strong stream but, yes, I see I gave this 5-stars at the time ! Stunning image.

2 Jan 2016 4:47pm

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