|Portal Arch -- The biggest in Valley of Fire|
I hope nobody is tired of this beautiful location. There are still some wonderful spots that I have not written about or posted pictures from.
In planning my trip to Valley of Fire, I wanted to find Portal Arch. I'd seen some other photos of it and tried to figure out where it was and when to visit. Sometimes information is lacking. . . . A wonderful resource that I discovered was from Steffen Synnatschke. He has created a PDF specifically about Valley of Fire and good photographic locations. It is available for a very small cost and I found it extremely worthwhile. I would highly recommend it.
He documents portal arch in his writing. It sounded very intriguing to me. I studied several pictures of it. I was trying to discover whether it would be best at sunrise or sunset. Taking a picture of an arch in the middle of the day is usually unsatisfying. Taking a guess that this site would be best in the morning light, I hiked in before dawn. Luck was with me this morning!
Not only did I find the arch in the morning, but I was blessed with something that typically happens only in dreams: beautiful clouds across the sky. I took several pictures of this beautiful arch and the window across the desert that it created. This particular location was a bit squeezed and tight because there was a rock at my back. I took pictures with a 17 mm tilt shift lens and also my 16mm zoom lens to cope with the confined space.