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jaredwarrenphotography Sunset Arch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, back in May as part of my Artist-in-Residence experience there. My knee was still tender from major surgery (full patellar tendon rupture), so I couldn’t put much weight on it. This time lapse was captured over about 2 hours, around 2:30 am. The hike out to the arch isn’t too far, but with the extra TL gear (big metal slider, pan and tilt mounts, tripods) I ended up having to make 6 trips back and forth to get all the gear out and back. Crazy? Maybe.

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jaredwarrenphotographyStargazing beneath Metate Arch, Devils Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. #timelapse over about 2 ½ hours, set up on a slider with pan/tilt and a 12mm lens. For a better view check it out on FB: 

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jaredwarrenphotography Stone “goblins” under the Milky Way at Devils Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
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This was by far one of my favorite places in Utah. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is underrated and absolutely stunning. This waterfall behind me is called Lower Calf Creek falls, takes a small hike to get here but it’s worth every step. 

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Helicopter trip for some T-Rex Bones, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

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Trump To Sign Executive Order That Could Shrink National Monuments
The Interior Secretary says, under the policy, his department will review protective designations since 1996 of 100,000 acres or more, particularly their size.

Oh hell no.  NO no no no no no no.

Monuments under threat:

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, proclaimed by President Clinton in 1996. (1.7 million acres).

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (1 million acres).

Giant Sequoia National Monument in California, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (327,769 acres).

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (279,568 acres).

Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (194,450 acres).

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (175,160 acres).

Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (128,917 acres).

Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (486,149 acres).

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (377,346 acres).

Carrizo Plain National Monument in California, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (204,107 acres).

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by President George W. Bush in 2006 and expanded by President Barack Obama in 2016, (89.6 million acres).

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in California, Hawaii and Alaska, proclaimed by Bush in 2008 (4 million acres).

Marianas Trench Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 (60.9 million acres).

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 and enlarged by Obama in 2014. (55.6 million acres).

Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 (8.6 million acres).

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, proclaimed by Obama in 2013. (242,555 acres).

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico, proclaimed by Obama in 2014 (496,330 acres).

Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada, proclaimed by Obama in 2015 (703,585 acres).

Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2015 (330,780 acres).

Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (3.1 million acres).

Mojave Trails National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (1.6 million acres).

Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (1.4 million acres).

Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (296,937 acres).

Sand to Snow National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (154,000 acres).

(stats from USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/26/24-national-monuments-threatened-trumps-executive-order/100925418/)

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Stargazing at Metate Arch, Devils Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Time-lapse over about 2 ½ hours, set up on a slider with pan/tilt and a 12mm lens.
Had the pleasure of meeting David Kingham and Jennifer Renwick on this night when they arrived with their workshop to photograph the same spot. I was about halfway through shooting this time-lapse and they were very classy and accommodating, shooting a couple other spots first to avoid having headlamps disturb my shooting of this scene. I appreciated their courtesy (and modeling this for their workshop participants), and it was great chatting with them while enjoying this amazing starscape.
Question: stars toward the edges are clearly starting to trail and and also look softer. I expected this to some degree at 25 seconds, and because I purposely set up the panning motion direction to make it look like the stars were moving faster (pan motion opposite of their movement in the sky). The Laowa 12mm lens is a bit soft at the edges, but any other thoughts on why the stars toward the edge look as soft as they do?
EXIF: sequence of about 300 images, 30 fps, each 25 sec, f/2.8, 12mm, ISO 3200, Sony a7s, Laowa 12mm 2.8. Kessler TLS bundle for motion control.

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Back in early July I went on an ~1800 mile road trip around one of my favorite states— Utah (and a bit of Arizona). Every summer I find myself coming back to this absurdly gorgeous and geographically diverse state, and every time I find a new place to explore. Driving through Utah and watching the landscape slowly morph from massive red sandstone canyons and buttes to pine forests to snow-capped mountains is nothing short of fascinating.

Here’s just a few of my favorite photos out of the hundreds I took. Click on photos for location info!

independent.co.uk
Trump shrinks national monument sacred to local tribe, opening it up to mining
Native Americans have vowed to launch a lawsuit.

Donald Trump has said he will shrink the size of two national monuments in Utah - opening up more land to drilling and mining companies but overriding the concerns of Native Americans.

The two Utah sites, Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument were among several US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended reducing in order to make way for more industrial activity on the land they occupy.

Senator Orrin Hatch said he had been informed of the news by the President.

“I was incredibly grateful the President called this morning to let us know that he is approving Secretary Zinke’s recommendation on Bears Ears,“ Mr Hatch said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

His spokesman, Matt Whitlock, told the news agency Mr Trump told Mr Hatch he was approving shrinking the two monuments “for you, Orrin”.

Mr Trump met with Mr Zinke in the Oval Office on Friday. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, asked whether Mr Zinke briefed Mr Trump on his Bears Ears recommendation during their meeting, said she did not want to get ahead of the president’s announcement.

“I can tell you he Trump will be going to Utah in the first part of early December,” she said.

The move has already been condemned by local Native Americans who say the land is sacred. They have threatened a law suit.

The Navajo Nation’s top lawyer said last month the tribe would sue the Trump administration for violating the Antiquities Act, a century-old law that protects sacred sites, cultural artifacts and other historical objects, if it tried to reduce the size of the Bears Ears.

The lawyer, Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch, said: “The Navajo Nation stands ready to defend the Bears Ears National Monument. We have a complaint ready to file upon official action by the President.”

Sat in Zebra Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT


Not the usual hiking gear, but the whole water element was a surprise, and we weren’t going to turn back after finding this place. We hiked through in just our underwear with no boots on, often reaching water that was chest-high. For the middle of summer, the water was surprisingly chilly, but it just added to the crazy experience. An unforgettable day amongst a summer of unforgettable days, 2014. 

Beyond its spectacular natural beauty, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah offers 1.9 million acres of cliffs, terraces, trails and views for your needed nature fix. Established 20 years ago today, the monument is an adventurer’s dream and a fantastic scientific resource for geologists, paleontologists, archaeologists and biologists. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).