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Milky Way over Fairyland Canyon, Bryce Canyon NP

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Milky Way over Fairyland Canyon, Bryce Canyon NP

In this view standing on the edge of Fairyland Point overlooking Fairyland Canyon in Bryce Canyon National Park the Milky Way and colorful Airglow light the sky above the interesting looking Hoodoos and other beautiful geologic formations of this area. Taken on 7/2/2022 around 10pm, 58 single images were used to create the final panoramic result.

Bryce Canyon National Park is an amazingly beautiful and often less busy National Park in Utah making it an enjoyable place to visit. The most striking features in this area are the colorful orange/reddish Hoodoos which are the rock formations that look like spires sticking out of the landscape. This particular area appropriately called Fairyland Canyon is located on the north end of the park. The Hoodoo’s here are geologically younger than the rest of the park. These Hoodoos are shaped by erosion over the eons and will continue as the erosional processes associated with the Paria River to the east continue to wear away the land in a north and westward direction (info credit Bryce Canyon NPS website).

Above the landscape the Milky Way arches over the horizon with some colorful green/red/blue airglow closer to the horizon. Airglow occurs high up in planetary atmospheres causing the night sky to never be completely dark even at a location with no light pollution. Also, while this image was taken the 4-day old Waxing Crescent Moon was setting to the west directly behind where this image was shot. This illuminated the tips of some of the Hoodoos and other features far off in the distance adding to the overall drama of the scene.

Fairyland Point on NPS website:

Bryce Canyon National Park website:

Airglow wiki:

Technical Info:

Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Date: 7/2/2022

~58 frame panorama 13 sec @6400 ISO

Camera: Canon 6D Hutech UV/IR Mod

Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/1.2L II USM

Reveal Focus Filter by David Lane

Processing: Photoshop CC, PTGui

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Jul 14, 2022

Just incredibly beautiful, great job!

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