PhotographerJimmy and Linda Westlake
Location of photoArches National Park near Moab, Utah
Date/Time of photoJune 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm MDT
EquipmentThis image is a 1/750 second exposure with a tripod-mounted Fuji FinePix S2 Pro digital camera set at ISO 100 through a 300 mm Nikkor telephoto lens at f22.
DescriptionAs reckoned in human timescales, transits of Venus are considered rare. Consider yourself fortunate, indeed, if you get to see just one in your lifetime. Not so for the giant stone monoliths of Arches National Park. No doubt, 128-foot tall Balanced Rock (right) has stood before many transits of Venus like the one on June 5. In this image, smoke from distant Utah wildfires reddened the setting Sun as it ferried the dark disk of Venus toward the northwestern horizon. Balanced Rock looks on in apparent defiance of time and gravity.