Candlestick Tower - Canyonlands National Park, Utah

The vastness of Canyonlands National Park is immense. The national park, just outside of Moab, is 527 square miles in size and is broken into three distinct districts by the Colorado and Green Rivers. The districts have unique names: Island in the Sky, Needles, and the Maze. The Islands in the Sky district is the most developed and, therefore, the most visited, and it is home to some unique and stunning vistas. The district is actually a very large mesa made of sandstone that towers about 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. There are many viewing stops where you can see huge cracks in the Earth that are so big, you wonder how they got there. There are also many sandstone rock formations that seeming grow out of the ground. It is very difficult to convey the vastness and diversity of the area through photos. Go too wide, and you lose some of the detail, as there is so much to see, the viewer's eye wanders throughout the photo. Zooming in on a subject captures the subject properly, but loses how it fits into the whole scene. For this photo, I went with a zoom choice to show Candlestick Tower. I wanted to show the ruggedness of the formation without losing any details had I shot this with a wide lens.