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A personal blog of photography and commentary by Andrew McAllister.

Researching one of my favorite areas in Cache Valley (Bear River Narrows) I came across Red Rock Pass. It is at the northern most end of the valley and the site of the cataclysmic event that partially drained the ancient Lake Bonneville. Located about an hour north of Logan, it is one of my favorite new places. The hazy light really brought out the red colors in the rock.

Looking South toward Caribou National Forest. The white on the poles is wind blown snow from earlier in the day.

The above shot looks at the western side of Red Rock Pass. The large hole above the corral looks like a mouth, above it an upturned nose and eyes. My lens could not fit the entire scene in so this is stitched from 5 exposures. On this first trip we returned to Logan via 15 South, took the first exit (Utah 36) Deep Creek Road and Weston Canyon. See my post Rolling Hills for a view of that area.

A few days later the weather improved and I headed up to Red Rock Pass to photograph the area in better light. Above view from the bend in the road. Very different light than the first visit. Stronger contrast and feel for the height but loses the subtle colors of the hazy image. This time I took S Back Red Rock Road and photographed the power transmission lines that I had seen on the first visit. Below view looking south across Red Rock Pass. The power poles below that look like giant pins are double circuit 345 kV lines.

With clearer skys to the North I traveled a short distance to Downey Idaho explored the small town on foot until it was dark. I returned to Red Rock Pass on my way back to Logan. Hoping for a patch of clear sky to illuminate the area as it was full moon. As I waited a short time before bailing do to it being cold, very windy and very creepy. Put it on the list of places to revisit in different weather. Definitely worth the effort to exit I15 drive and drive a few miles to check this location out if you are in the area.

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  1. May 8, 2012

    Fantastic landscape, beautiful pictures!
    I love the dark sky and the almost fluorescent electricity poles.

  2. Andrew McAllister #
    May 9, 2012

    Glad you like them. The dark sky was a real treat.

  3. May 9, 2012

    The west, particularly the aird west, has an austere grace we cannot find elsewhere. Thank you for your efforts to capture this sense of wonder.

    • Andrew McAllister #
      May 9, 2012

      Thanks for looking at and appreciating my efforts.

  4. May 11, 2012

    This is So breathtaking! wow!

  5. May 11, 2012

    Great and magnificent scenery!

  6. May 11, 2012

    landscape is very great.
    i wish i were there

  7. May 12, 2012

    This place looks so imposing! makes me feel small just by looking on the laptop, wow!

  8. May 16, 2012

    I love your simple, elegant, shooting style, Andrew. You can even make power lines look good. Congratulations on such great work!

    • Andrew McAllister #
      June 22, 2012

      Thanks Thomas!

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