Archangel Cascades

Archangel Cascades

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Taken at the Archangel Cascades near The Subway, Zion National Park, on May 5th, 2017

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Canyon Color

Fall Color in The Narrows, Zion National Park

Zion National Park in Southern Utah is pretty darn beautiful. The towering rock walls remind me of a red Yosemite. The first time I visited the park in January 2010, ice and snow blanketed the ground and many of the hikes were inaccessible or dangerous to do. But one of the most iconic hikes in the park, The Narrows, was open so I decided to give it a whirl. But I was unprepared for the nature of the hike and consquently spent 8 hours in 40° water without much protection. Brrrrr. An enjoyable day, but thoroughly freezing.

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The Watchman, Zion National Park, Utah

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.