Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 26, 2010

Mesa Arch: Showcasing my sister’s photographs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 9:19 am
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First rays of sun strike Mesa Arch. Look at that beautiful Navajo sandstone.

Mesa Arch sits precariously on a cliff wall, six hundred feet above Buck Canyon, facing due east. When the sun peeks over the La Sal Mountains, the first rays hit the red sandstone wall below the arch and bounce upward onto its underside. A fabulous deep copper color appears to emanate from within the very rock itself. How one could forget one’s camera when sunrise at Mesa Arch is on the agenda, I don’t know… but I did. Maybe it was because I was trying to wake up a few tired campers and get them moving at 0520. At any rate, my sister Becky took these photos. Some of them are her own compositions, and some she got by following around a Frenchman and shooting from his locations.

I must say, our favorite quote from that morning was his utterly sincere assessment of his younger California girlfriend, as he turned to snap her photo:  “Ah, she ees more beautiful zan zee arch…”

Gorgeous view of Monster (R) and Washer Woman Arch (L) in distance

This copper color lasts only a few minutes each morning. Arch dimensions -- about 50 by 15 feet.


  1. I seem to recall a cetain ranger sister of mine standing on top of that arch, 600 feet above the valley. It’s a good thing mom wasn’t there…..

    Comment by john — July 27, 2010 @ 6:05 am | Reply

    • SH-H-H-H!! John!!! Not so loud!

      Comment by kath56ryn — July 27, 2010 @ 8:53 am | Reply


    Comment by Leroque — July 27, 2010 @ 6:29 am | Reply

    • I didn’t do it, Dad.

      Comment by kath56ryn — July 27, 2010 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  3. Okay, I’m going to try this one more time, but, Ms. Colestock, if there is no reply, I’m coming out there. 🙂 Love the pictures, love the photographer. Bless, bless…Allen

    Comment by Allen Gislason — July 27, 2010 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

    • THIS IS A REPLY!!! Not an auto-generated reply, either! Although, on second thought, I should make you come out here to this brilliant land and we’ll stay up half the night and catch up. Wonderful to hear from you, AG! The Colestock sisters seem to find adventuring irresistible, so feel free to follow them as you will. We will stay in touch, yes sir.

      Comment by kath56ryn — July 27, 2010 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

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