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there are billions of photos showing Bryce Canyon at sunrise, but this is first for me. 6AM, clear sky, almost freezing, most bizarre sandstone formations (the dark specks in the shadows are full-grown pine trees), all possible shades of orange and yellow, tolerable crowds of people - nothing more to ask for.

the shock came when after freezing our fingers off we decided to go to the historic Ruby's Inn for early breakfast. imagine - diner room flooded with morning light, at almost every table several senior French-speaking tourists in Ralph Lauren travel clothes, ladies with carefully styled hair, make-up, jewelry, ready to experience American West. enter us - heavy and dirty hiking boots, industry-size photo backpacks, gloves. on top of that I had run into a tree branch when setting up the tripod (I swear the branch was not there two seconds before), so my face looked as if I had engaged in a fight with a mountain lion. silence descended on the diner room, quiet gasps of shock, mouths agape... American West is really wild.

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RAW, ISO 200, 60mm focal length, spot metering.

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Additional Photos by Kristine KL (avene) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1586 W: 134 N: 2932] (12675)
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