Tangled Roots on the Edge

The roots of an old tree grip into the canyon rim

The roots of an old tree grip into the canyon rim

I was fascinated by the trees that hung to the edges of Bryce Canyon's rim. This particular specimen can be found on the rim walk between Sunrise and Sunset Points. I took photos of several trees and this one is a personal favorite.

I am quite happy with the framing of the image, but I am disappointed that I set my f-stop too low (at f/4) for subject shots and not at f/22 for this landscape photo. I plan on taking this photo with the right settings next time I visit Bryce Canyon.

The Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel at Bryce Canyon

A Hungry Fellow

My wife and I decided to visit some of the national parks in southern Utah last month. On our longest hike in the bowl of Bryce Canyon we decided to stop for lunch. As we were eating, this little guy approached us, circling around the edge of our little circle. 

At first he tried to get a peek into our backpacks, but we shooed him off. It's against park policy to feed the animals lest they become dependent on humans for food. Eventually, he decided to circle around and surprise us from behind. He slowly approached me and tried to get at the sandwich in my hand, so I stood up and turned around to watch him on the log.

He was a hopeful fellow, and I was able to take several photos with my camera as he moved along the log waiting for me to drop a scrap of food for him. Finally, he posed as above in one final plea for food. I never gave him the food he wanted, but I'm sure he's suckered a few meals out of other park visitors.