It’s been raining in Seattle now for a few weeks and I really needed to get out of town. The weather forecast for Zion and Bryce Canyon was the opposite: Sun and clear skies for two weeks. So I flew to Vegas, rented a car and set out into the desert.
I drove first to Bryce Canyon, where I stayed for a night. Sunrise was brutally cold but beautiful and serene. It was all I could do to leave that afternoon for my next destination, Zion National Park.
I got quite a few nice shots at Bryce Canyon and one morning hiked down into the Canyon for a different perspective.
I had been to Zion before and had a few ideas about compositions for sunrise and sunset. This time of the year gave me access to Zion Canyon Drive as well, so more choices. I found many nice compositions out the Drive.
Each time I drove out of the Drive, the Watchman appeared as I slowed for the turn into Springdale. I had taken the traditional shot from the bridge many times and was wary of falling back on it. I noted a trail heading down the river and promised myself I would check it out the following day.
I headed down the trail the next day, realizing I was running out of sunset light but very curious about opportunities for other compositions beyond what everyone was getting back at the bridge. Eventually I found this shot and came back the next night to set it up. So glad I did.
The next day, I returned to Vegas and back to Seattle, parka at the ready.