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Utah, south east, Sipapu Bridge in morning light in Natural Bridges National Monument...Light from a spring sunrise is reflected off the nearby cliffs creating a glow on Sipapu Bridge. This spectacular formation is one of many in Natural Bridges National Monument in south east Utah. The life of a nature photographer is often one of isolation and this day was no exception as I worked my way down the canyon in the pre dawn darkness. For me, rewards like this are worth enduring all of the hardships relating to this occupation and I've pretty much seen it all, including everything nature could throw at me in terms of weather. But, as is so often the case, this show was for me to capture in solitude. The beep my Hasselblad camera makes before opening the shutter was the only sound disturbing the silence and it was so quiet on this morning that I could hear its chirp echo off the cliffs. I turned it off in the custom settings menu..The half hour long hike into this canyon begins with metal steps but quickly degrades into Moki style ladders made from local material that one has to use to negotiate the cliffs. Although put together with modern steel bolts and wired to posts embedded into the sandstone, they would still be quite dangerous for small children and certainly for anyone if wet or icy.