Hiking down into the Wall Street section of Bryce Canyon is a lesson in how much your perspective changes as you descend. It’s also a demonstration of how much harder it is to climb UP out of a canyon, compared to the walk down, especially at 8,000 feet elevation. This series of five photos illustrates those changing perspectives during descent.
You can find “Wall Street,” a slot canyon so named for its extremely steep walls, at Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah — which is, ironically, a great place to photograph sunrise and then begin a morning hike. This first photograph show you the vista looking southeast around 9:30am in early November. Wall Street is in the shadows in the center of the photo, in the lower third of the image. Its 200 foot high walls block the sun all the time, except for midday.
Here is more of a close-up that allows you to appreciate how steep those limestone walls are, formed by erosion. Bryce experiences an average of 200 days of frost-wedging each year. In the warmer months, monsoon rains wash away the gravel.
Here is the switchback path that leads you into the slot canyon. The climbers in the photo give scale to the scene.
On nature hikes in many regions, I am amazed at how much plants and animals resemble one another. For example, alligators floating in the water, sometimes resemble a fallen trunk of a palm tree. This remnant of a bristlecone pine tree gave me a double take on the switchback path. I knew that rattlesnakes inhabit this region.
Here at the base of the canyon, a half dozen pine trees stand tall. It is impossible to take one photo from the ground, up to the top of Wall Street, but here is one vertical view looking out of the slot canyon from the base. The base of a slot canyon is very dangerous in a rain storm, since flash floods form quickly and sometimes bring new boulders with them.
One last image today, to complete your tour. The Nikon D700, mounted on a Really Right Stuff tripod, points skyward toward Sunset Point.