The Watchman at sunrise, Zion National Park, Utah

Taken from the Virgin River Bridge in Zion National Park, on January 31st, 2010

While visiting Zion National Park, I was avoiding taking a photo of The Watchman from this vantage point because it has simply been shot and re-shot, and I wanted to try to find something unique. However, on this particular morning, after a fruitless photography outing elsewhere in the park, I was heading back to my campsite when I drove across the Virgin River Bridge and saw The Watchman, with its dusting of snow, just beginning to light up. The orange of the rock, the clouds in the sky, and the river below made me realize why this is such a classic shot: because it’s simply the best view around.

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