Southwestern Utah is home of the dramatic and amazing Zion National Park.  Zion Canyon sits between enormous mastiffs which make for absolutely unbelievable vistas.  As part of my continuing % Pictures series, let’s take a look at some of my favorites from Zion National Park.

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Zion Canyon is sudden and steep, leading to some absolutely stunning shadows which are cast across the landscape.  I thought black and white would be the perfect medium to show off the amazing contrast between the light and the dark.

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This picture is from The Wiggles, a series of switchbacks on the famous Angel’s Landing hike.  Until this point in The Wiggles the middle third of the hike was cast in shadow, this moment is when the sun hits you and stays with you until you either reach the summit or turn back.

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The cairns at the summit of Angel’s Landing are obviously man-made but I enjoy seeing the randomness and chaos of nature somehow made into order without losing it’s genuineness.  As a photographer I tend to search out for patterns and was happy to see these, even if they weren’t exactly naturally occurring.

angels landing zion national park

As I left Zion National Park the first time I visited I was blown away by an epic and amazing silhouette cast by the setting sun against the surrounding mountainscape.   I love seeing nature represented so starkly against the remnants of an awesome sky.

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Walking back down from the summit of Angel’s Landing is much easier than your way up, but it doesn’t hurt to stop and take a look at the crazy and winding trail you had to tackle in order to make the summit.  It’s a great reminder of what you had to work through to reach your goal!

Have you been to Zion National Park?  What was your favorite place there?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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