In this photo essay, we get up close to the rock walls and into some tight places.  There is an interplay or contrast of light and shade in many of these images.

This is one of the views along the trail to Chesler Park.

 

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Quite early on the hike we encounter some steps cut from the stone between 2 large seams of rock.

 

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Further along the trail, we come to a rock shelf with an overhanging rock wall.

 

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Another view.

 

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Continuing on the trail, some time later we pass by this indentation in the rock wall.

 

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Lucy play acting like she is holding up the rock wall.

 

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Opposite Lucy, we see the sun lighting up this rock formation.

 

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A while later we enter another short and narrow section of the trail.

 

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At first, the trail was not overly narrow and could be easily walked.

 

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The trail then did narrow.

 

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Taking a more vertically oriented image here.

 

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Looking straight up, we see sky and the 2 rock walls.

 

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The rock walls do have an interesting texture; and as can be seen, the walls are not flat but rather undulate.

 

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Another view.  In the shade, we get a break from the midday sun.

 

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Passing out of this narrow area.  Note some vegetation is surviving in this narrow gap between the rock walls.

 

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Looking up and back for this view.

 

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A nearby scene.

 

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Looking up again, we see the texture of the rock in sunlight.

 

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Only a couple of minutes later along the trail, we see this view of things near and far, and in light and shade.

 

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We had to walk along the rock shelf being careful not to lose our footing or twist an ankle.  It was steep at times.  Here, we see Lucy taking a short rest in the shade before continuing the descent over the slickrock.

 

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The texture of the fractured and eroded layered rock is seen here.

 

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Walking further on, we descend through this gap, or gorge, between the rock walls.

 

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A vertically oriented pic taken to show the depth we descended.  Note also the fantastic shapes of the white mushroom like rocks near the top of this view.

 

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This next shot shows the natural “steps” or levels of the slickrock we walked over.

 

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Light and shade and texture are visible in this image.

 

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Later, returning to the parking lot, we see the steps cut from the rock now in afternoon sunlight.

 

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Lucy jumps for joy.  (Perhaps the thin air did affect her.)

 

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We will continue our exploration of Canyonlands National Park in the coming days.  There is more to share.  Stay tuned.

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