Zion National Park has been on my radar since I was twelve years old and got a brochure of the park from my dad’s luggage. As a boy from the foothills of a equatorial rainforest, sandstones and high desert were almost as alien as the moon surface. Once we were done with most of the National parks in California and had a long weekend I convinced my wife to take on a short trip to Zion and Utah.
The above shot was taken at the Canyon overlook viewpoint on the second day morning at the park. This location is about 1 mile roundtrip from the parking lot and its pretty easy to hike up here and watching the light slowly lit up the entire canyon and its spectacularly red colored walls. I had hoped for a better sky instead of the cloud cover we got and little bit of color but the view was so spectacular I think I can live with the results.
Another shot from the canyon overlook location just before sunrise. We were there almost 20 minutes before sunset and stayed there until about an hour after sunrise hoping for the clouds to clear and see some interesting colors. There were only a couple of other photographers there so we had the place to ourselves to shoot in comfort and I was able to change angles and use leading lines to compensate for the less than spectacular sky. While shooting around this small pool of water caught my eye and I believe this was the watering hole for the local chipmunks who were there in numbers begging for food being cute an all.
I took this shot while there was a small break in the clouds and the electric blue of the sky peeked through. I was hoping that the clouds will clear up somewhat but that was not the case. Even though the sky was less than spectacular than I expected this is one of the best locations in Zion to see the the canyon and its spectacular red rock formations in all their glory.
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Another shot from our Zion trip. Took this photo at the Canyon overlook location just as the sun was rising over the canyon. Unfortunately for me we had such a thick cloud cover that day and so the sunrise was pretty monochromatic. But the brilliant color of the rocks and the beautiful patterns and grooves on the stone more than made up for it. I am planning another trip to the area again around Thanksgiving holidays and hope to capture more of these brilliant landscapes.
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So here is another shot from the Canyon Overlook hike we did at sunrise. This was one of the easiest hikes in the Zion National Park but the view is said to be much less spectacular than the other two high viewpoints the park has. Due to the way the canyon is located it is not easy to capture the sun’s rays from this location during sunrise if it’s really cloudy. But the glowing clouds more than make up that. Hiking here at night with just a couple of torches is really nerve wracking though as you can’t see what’s lurking in the darkness.
So far it was my fave location and gave me the most number of interesting shots and here is the final and the best one. Thanks for visiting and your encouraging words. Have a nice Weekend.
Another shot from Zion Canyon, this time a full on view of one of those massive cliffs which makes this wonderful National Park so interesting. The first thing you notice as you enter the Zion canyon is its massive cliffs and their incredible texture and color. It was interesting to learn that the whole area was once the world’s largest desert whose massive sand dunes turned into sandstones under massive pressure and then slowly eroded by water and wind to create the stunning Zion Canyon that we see today.
This is one of my favorite shots from the trip and I hope to get more as I visit the Grand Canyon for this Thanksgiving. Thanks for visiting and have a great day.
On our last day at Zion, I promised my friends a good view at sunrise and convinced them to hike the Canyon overlook point trail before we started our long drive back home. And it was well worth it, just before we reached the end point of the hike we saw two elusive big horns from about 15 feet away. They casually wandered near us before quickly disappearing. I quickly tried to change the lens on my camera to get a good shot but by the time I was ready they disappeared. Kind of stressing the importance of a second body for a landscape photographer, hopefully someday soon.
This is a panorama shot I made at the Zion Canyon overlook. Sunlight was pretty strong from the east and I had a hard time balancing the light for this shot, had to fish out my 0.9 Lee ND grad filter which seldom comes out of my bag. Also each shot had to be very carefully recomposed with the filter so as not further darken, the areas in shade. I also used a longer focal length to better convey the enormity of this view. Hope you all like this image, I had a lot of fun making it.