Ending 2019 with another check off the list! With the addition of #whitesandsnationalpark there are now a total of 62 national parks. Over the past 4 years I’ve had the privilege of visiting 22 of them. #zionnps and specifically, #angelslanding trail have to rank right up there with the best of them. What an incredible experience!Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Southwest Utah
1431025 December, 2019
Behunin Canyon....5-29-14. Seems to be a love it or hate it route.....I loved it!
Hiking “the Narrows” was absolutely wild. We had drysuits, which were a must in the cold water and February off-season. (The “waterfall” in this picture is actually completely frozen!) We got an early start and were the only people in sight most of the morning. The landscape seemed to change so drastically around each new corner. And with the way the shadows constantly moved, the way back seemed entirely different than the way in. We didn’t hike in very far, but the couple of hours we were in there was like exploring another planet. So so beautiful.
A picture of Zion National Park from that one bridge everyone takes this same picture from. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
But you can’t blame us. Taking good pictures here is basically cheating. 😂
Also, funny story. We got pulled over after taking these pictures cause we parked on the side of the road where it was convenient rather than where it was designated. Worth it though? (Yes)
283221 February, 2020
Angel's Glow | Zion National Park
The Virgin River flows past as late day sunlight catches the tip of Angel's Landing.
This photo involved some prior planning, as I knew exactly what I wanted this shot to look like, I just had time it right. It had to be taken in a half hour window in the late afternoon to ensure I'd catch that sliver of light just right.
The grandeur of @zionnps is magnified here at Kolob Canyons, the setting sun simply helped to highlight the sheer magnitude of the peaks and 2000 foot cliff walls.
Set on the NW side of the park, off Interstate 15 and roughly 1 hour from Zion Canyon, you can drive the scenic park road or set out into the Zion wilderness. We did both and recommend the stop.
I adore California, but there's just something about the Southwest that calls to me. I've been missing these red canyons, the aeons of layered stone, the feel of hiking for hours through the hoodoos.
What places call to you?
27920 February, 2020
“Wave length” - On this morning, I went out with the intention of hopefully finding some remaining fall color in Zion. I instead captured this image. I found this pond with bubbles splayed out in a dance between uniformity and chaos. I played around with angles and focal lengths and came to a nice tight crop of both uniformity and chaos. The canyon reflection only amplified this effect. Cheers!
Some of the cheapest front row seats you’ll ever get 😉
3,9836420 February, 2020
“We arrived to Zion late in the day and bad weather was imminent. It was shoulder season the ranger said and we had to be prepared for anything. He told us don't do it, don't go up there. We went anyway, the light fading in the valley quickly as we ascended more than a thousand feet to Angels Landing. We scrambled out onto the part where the trail mostly disappears and all you have left is this chain for a semblance of advice about where to tread next. Someone told us they had done this "hike" in tears holding onto the rock at their feet filled with dread. I admired this tree, standing here, like a beacon guiding the way. Accepting the loneliness of its fate for the important responsibility of reminding people where the edge with a thousand foot drop to the ground below is, its own tentacles latched firmly onto the rock.” | Words and photography by @anneholiday made with #canonae1 on #portra400 film
1,1401220 February, 2020
The Beauty of the Narrows. 🏞🥾
PS : its @badgalriri Birthday!!
88320 February, 2020
🙋🏼♀️Opinion: eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the side of the road in Zion with the one you love is better than eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in your cubicle by yourself. I’ve done both. #neelandsadventures
262720 February, 2020
Ice is a delicate condition that is based on shifts in movement. For both the water during the freeze and the photographer that notices it; these shifts are essential in forming a result. Each small shift of mere inches can provide a new composition and more possibilities. This scene was about 3 feet or so from another composition of a golden oak leaf fused in the ice that took a couple days to shoot. The ice in this scene sits on a pool of water at a bend in the main wash of Zion’s east side. Above the ice sits a sandstone slab that makes for a perfect platform for tripod placement. The area is sunken in and quaint, allowing only a minute amount of light to reach the pool. The ripples of ice had such beautiful character, and the reflected light from the sandstone areas above warmed the scene in whole. I decided to focus in on a group of various warm tone leaves that seemed to be caught in the reverberations of the ripples. The leaves and the ice fought for subject dominance, but in the end I tried my best to find a middle ground in the abstraction.
I spent a few hours at the bend moving no more than 10 feet in any direction. My eyes were racing around the ice trying to exhaust all compositional potential before the light left. The time at the pool felt like a test. Angles, placement, and elevation all played into the various compositions that were available. Each composition seemed like following the steps of an equation knowing there’s no real answer in the end. But I guess that’s the beauty of photography; no objective solutions, just subjective interpretation.
_ @canonusa 6D Mark II
_ @canonusa 24-70mm f2.8 II
1941720 February, 2020
A fallen boulder somehow got lodged on the top of this outcropping along the side of a hiking trail. Something will dislodge it one day; just don’t walk underneath it when it happens! ~
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The historic Larson cabin is located along the Taylor Creek trail in the Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park. This historic cabin is one of two on the trail.⠀
Gustive Larson and Arthur Fife built the cabins in 1930 prior to the land being designated as public. The cabins now are located inside a wilderness area and remain preserved for hikers to view and enjoy. ⠀
Remember this cabin is a historic artifact and while hikers should look and enjoy, they should not take any items from the area and should not attempt to enter the locked cabin doors.⠀
Zion Forever is striving to help the park preserve its history so that future generations can enjoy it forever.⠀