THE Traveler: Bill Cutler of Oak Park Heights.
The scene: The full moon, brightened by the setting sun, rises over Lake Powell, a reservoir of the Colorado River on the Arizona-Utah border.
The trip: Hoping to take just such a photograph, Cutler researched a date when a full moon would rise above red rock just as the sun set. He took this shot at Alstrom Point, which is about 90 minutes from Page, Ariz. "I would suggest using a guide and a four-wheel-drive vehicle with high clearance. Still, it is very much worth the trip. The view and the feelings it generates are wonderful," he wrote in an e-mail.
Getting the shot: "Our guide and I started from Page, Ariz., in a sturdy four-wheeler. From the highway we turned off to a dirt road, then off the dirt road to rocky desert ground. Some bumps later, we reached this scene and started taking photos and basking in the wonder of the vista. After a while it seemed we had enough photography and decided to head back, even though no moon had appeared. I was about to walk to the car when I turned around for one more look and there it was, rising above the cliff on the other side of the lake," Cutler wrote. He used a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Tamron 70-300mm lens.
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