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Desert Paradise by michaelanderson Desert Paradise by michaelanderson
There are endless secrets hidden in the labyrinth of canyons that make up the remote Escalante area of Utah. When you start hiking at a seemingly random pullout on a dirt road in a plain of sage, there is no indication of the magical landscape that awaits a few hours away. The plain slowly gives way to shallow washes that dig deeper into the colored bedrock and then the first green cottonwoods appear along with small bubbling springs. The waters gather into a clear rushing stream and the walls begin to loom much higher, overhanging and sheltering the canyon from the desert sun. The river comes alive as the water flows over this small cascade near the deepest part of the canyon. Explore the canyon country! Paradise is out there, somewhere in those deep canyons beyond the sandstone horizon.
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Desert Paradise by *michaelanderson Michael Anderson's work really needs no introduction, he is quite a very accomplished photographer, having work published many times in several magazines, and this shot REALLY just does it for me, an amazing and perfect capture in just about every way possible, the color so amazingly vivid...one look through this photographer's gallery will leave you completely speechless and breathless, not to mention inspired! ( Featured by kkart )
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Karolina888 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015   Traditional Artist
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Archon89 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I would like to visit Utah, it must have amazing landscapes... :D Nice photo!
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Amazing image
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AsterGill Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Amazing colors. Framed perfectly.
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Bandar-Aljaber Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
beautiful
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graphicsurge Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
hdr?
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kowshe Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
I grew up in this area, but I must say, this is one of the most beautiful pictures I have seen taken from the Escalante area! Stunning, absolutely stunning!
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Zrobway Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Spectacular image.. really amazing!
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schrick73 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Beautiful - incredible color and composition
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I love how you got the water/ waterfalls to look like that. Whenever I do anything like that it usualy comes up to dark or way to exposed... anytips for a rookie? BTW beautiful landscape, love the photograph.
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applegally Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
This is so beautiful. When I meditate every morning, I'll picture this. :)
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FreakingXDfail Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
DX i can not for the life of me convince my eyes that this isn't a manipulated photo.. i've been sitting here >_< and certain parts of this photo, is just x.x not adding up.. it's like an eye teaser.
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SpicedMoonDust Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student General Artist
i know right!!!!
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Schroe03 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Featured in [link] - DESERT GREEN :gallery:
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fee13 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Hi,

this photo is featured in my latest article: Stunning Landscape Photography Thanks for letting me include it!

Fiona
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Wandererofthestars Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
nevermind...not Havasu. XD jk.
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Professional Photographer
It's Coyote Gulch in the Escalante area.
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Wandererofthestars Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
im gonna guess Havasu Falls...? but not sure. BEAUTIFUL though!!!!!
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
This is a slot canyon in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. It's one of the most underrated parks in the system!
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fotottiv Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
bravazo!
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cez4r Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Featured in my journal [link] :aww:
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cez4r Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Featured in my journal [link] :aww:
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xavierrey Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
beautiful !
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fallen-angel-24 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
What a wonderful photo..:heart:
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kulten Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009   Photographer
Amazing details. Colors and light that you showed in this work are captivating.
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Zwoing Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Hey :aww:
You've been featured (once more!) in my my journal :heart:
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Spamkiller Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm featuring this beautiful piece here: [link] .
If you don't want to be featured, please note me and I'll remove it.
:+fav:

Kisses&Hugs
Katia
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stephen-alvarado Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009   Photographer
O_O wow....
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Themis-Kali Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
amazing..I had to stare at it for awhile, it looks surreal.
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hhryah Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Such a well-deserved DD! Beautifully detailed landscape shot.
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coulombic Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009   Photographer
Awesome. I have the same picture (though, the lighting was simply too harsh for anything presentable). Still cool that I know *exactly* where this is. Nice shot.
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Rose-AnneGagne Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
is this for real? seriously?
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dakoo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
This is one brilliant shot... The light is simply amazing.. I would love to know more about how you hunt down a location. And how much time you spend on a location observing light.
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Rougeblood Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
wow! It doesnt even look like a photograph!
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MantisMoon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009   Interface Designer
Quite surreal!! Awesome work....
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funygirl38 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the softness of the water, the way the far canyon wall looks like it's painted with acrylics..the luminosity of the trees..man you should be selling these prints..such gorgeous work.
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pearlseyes Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Photographer
Gorgeous shot. I must go see it this summer now.
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tyrn Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
My family helped settle Boulder and have walked the land from Boulder Top to Calf Creek Falls and most places in-between. You've done a fabulous job capturing one of the reasons we call it "God's Country."
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks! This is probably my favorite area in the US too!
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LindsayMarysia Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
WOW
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HeatherWaller-Rivet Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
featured in my journal:heart:[link]
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scribble-and-blot Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
A little too photoshopped for my liking... it looks glazed, as though all the energy and life has been sapped out of it
The true beauty in nature is found in the details and textures, what some might consider the "flaws"
... but that's just my opinion...
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LightSideStudios Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Holy crap, is that a real photo? :shocked:
Nice work :)
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MeanCheen Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live in Utah, and this is just a fantastic picture of one of the beautiful places that this state has! I actually thought it was Zion when I first saw it. Just a gorgeous photo!
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StarlitRogue Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Beautiful image!!! Flawless!
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Skylet Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
This is so beautiful!
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yuanyuanyuan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
awesome.................
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johanram Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
wow I thought it was a painting!
beautiful picture
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Baz135 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey this got a DD! Congrats man!
Good thing it got it in the right category :giggle:
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