My Photograph of the Week: False Kiva

After a hike to a scree field leading up to a cave, one is rewarded with this particular view of False Kiva and the canyons below. A wonderful hike in Canyonlands National Park, the last bit of the hike will definitely increase your pulse as you keep sliding down the scree as you work your way up to the cavern!
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My Photograph of the Week: False Kiva

The hike started out fairly mundane, the trail, while heading down, was pretty obvious and not that bad.But then I began to loose the trail markers – the piles of rocks built by other hikers to mark the way forward – as the slick rock became more dominant.Then I suddenly found myself at the cliff’s edge. It was spectacular. The overcast sky finally looked like it might clear up a bit. But I was trying to find my path to False Kiva. All that I saw was a small hill of scree – loose rock – and the 500 plus foot drop on my left down the canyon below.I was a little scared, I knew I wanted to go up and not down! But the loose rock was proving very difficult to traverse and kept sliding down the slope towards the edge of the cliff. I was not happy nor did I think I was in a good place.But when I was about to give up and try my way back I thought I discerned a pathway among the scree, and scrambled on my feet and hands to the pathway. Thankfully the scree was largely smoothed away from the path and I knew I was going to make my destination and forward I moved.Up the hill. And into the cavern which housed False Kiva. And the clouds, which had covered the sky, temporarily broke up and presented me with some blue sky!The results this outing is this panorama of the view looking out into the canyons beyond False Kiva.
Panoramic view from False Kiva, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah.
 

About False Kiva

It is unknown if False Kiva was built by indigenous peoples or by white settlers in the 1800’s.  It is called False Kiva in that kivas are generally in the ground, rather than above ground.False Kiva is located in Canyonlands National Park, in the Island in the Sky district, but will not show up on any park maps.Most likely as it is at least a moderate hike, especially at the end when you are scrambling up a steep incline on scree and there is nothing between you and the cliff top just a few dozen feet below you.But the views are definitely rewarding and worth the scramble! 

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Photographer’s Notes

This photograph is a composite of four photographs.The photographs were taken in portrait orientation, then I let Lightroom stitch them together into this photograph.I did some light processing in Lightroom, then final processing in Photoshop and used Nik’s fabulous plugin ColorEfx Pro.For those who might not know, Nik was bought by Google, who let the Nik Collection (my favorite plugin collection) die on the vine. Then in October of 2017 they sold the collection to DxO who promises to upgrade the plugin and publish it.Anyways, this was taken with a Canon 6D using my Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 42mm.  I shot this at f/16 at 1/30 sec at ISO 100.

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Panoramic view from False Kiva, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah.

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As a part of my Portfolio Collection, this is offered only as a limited edition print.

Panoramic view from False Kiva, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah.

Photograph maybe cropped slightly to fit media.

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