A window perch with a red-rock view: Flickr photo of the day

Christy Karras

The human subjects in JY O’Reilly’s photo appear tiny against the massive arch that frames them. This is North Window Arch in Arches National Park, and Turret Arch rises in the distance. You’ll find North Window next to South Window; together, they’re called the Spectacles—a name that’s obvious from a distance.

The national park, which lies near Moab in the red-rock desert country of southern Utah, is full of such photographic synchronicities. Its many red-rock arches, towers and ridge lines appear different depending on your angle of approach. While the Spectacles are easily accessible via a short hike, O’Reilly’s caption explains, “A bit of climbing was required to get to a spot high enough to be level with the window.”

Spider-Man types take note: while many visitors scramble under and around the park’s arches and natural bridges, climbing onto their tops is strictly forbidden.

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