Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon Recreation Area
After securing a permit for South Coyote Buttes for the following day and setting up my tent, I literally stood at a cross roads; I could hike into Buckskin and some reflected light or chance a sunset further away. Since there were some traces of clouds in the sky, I took a chance and drove to Horseshoe Bend in hopes that the wisps would materialize into something more late in the day.
It was looking promising as I set up on the cliff and took in the view. If you've never been there, it's as spectacular as it appears. I spent the hour or so watching the river rafters set up camp far below. And as the light began to sweeten, not one, but two Condors landed on those outcroppings in the center foreground. I felt pretty lucky being able to get such a good top-down few of those massive wings.
As the sun dropped below the distant sandstone plateau, the sky exploded with an amazing display of desert light. So bright was the sky that the scene below seemed to glow as the canyon walls reflected the western light back into the bend.