1oo Days of National Parks: Day 33 – Wall of Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park

It’s such a profoundly unique experience to walk through the winding trails below the rim of Bryce Canyon and weave amongst the towering hoodoos that make up the Park’s iconic amphitheater. The alien landscape is one of the most affecting sights in any park, with its towering sandstone spires reaching toward impossibly blue skies, the few trees and plants along the slopes fighting for existence in the harshness of the high desert.

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Wall of Hoodoos

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It’s such a profoundly unique experience to walk through the winding trails below the rim of Bryce Canyon and weave amongst the towering hoodoos that make up the Park’s iconic amphitheater.  The alien landscape is one of the most affecting sights in any park, with its towering sandstone spires reaching toward impossibly blue skies, the few trees and plants along the slopes fighting for existence in the harshness of the high desert.

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100 Days of National Parks: Day 25 – Emerald Pools Waterfall, Zion

Emerald Pools Waterfall

I took this photo of the waterfall pouring from the Middle Emerald Pools in Zion National Park during my second trip there in 2012, in the midst of my first thunderstorm in the park. In what became a lasting memory, I walked the trails in the mist and rain, sheltering my camera from the wet as best I could, marveling at the way the entire park seemed to burst into a dozen spectacular waterfalls, all pouring forth from seemingly dry fissures in the sandstone walls.

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Emerald Pools Waterfall

Emerald Pools Waterfall
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I took this photo of the waterfall pouring from the Middle Emerald Pools in Zion National Park during my second trip there in 2012, in the midst of my first thunderstorm in the park.  In what became a lasting memory, I walked the trails in the mist and rain, sheltering my camera from the wet as best I could, marveling at the way the entire park seemed to burst into a dozen spectacular waterfalls, all pouring forth from seemingly dry fissures in the sandstone walls.

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100/100/100: Day 4 – Thunderstorm Over Arches, Arches National Park

In October of 2013, I was fortunate enough to be in Arches National Park during a massive thunderstorm that swept through the Moab area. I stayed up all night taking photos of the storm as it rolled over the park, capturing many exciting lightning shots, though this one is probably my favorite. There’s something about lightning that makes me feel calm, at peace, and I long for those summer days and nights growing up in the midwest when I’d watch dark clouds rumble across the cornfields from the west. I don’t get enough thunder and lightning on the west coast, but I hope to get out and chase some more storms this year.

This photo, taken from the aptly named Panorama Point utilizing long exposure techniques, just north of the Windows Section of the park, was able to expose several large lightning strikes along the southern edge of the park, likely striking somewhere in the La Sal Mountain foothills or along the Colorado River. The strikes brilliantly illuminated the sky, and silhouetted the sandstone outcroppings of the the Windows perfectly.

Thunderstorm Over Arches

 

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In October of 2013, I was fortunate enough to be in Arches National Park during a massive thunderstorm that swept through the Moab area.  I stayed up all night taking photos of the storm as it rolled over the park, capturing many exciting lightning shots, though this one is probably my favorite.  There’s something about lightning that makes me feel calm, at peace, and I long for those summer days and nights growing up in the midwest when I’d watch dark clouds rumble across the cornfields from the west.  I don’t get enough thunder and lightning on the west coast, but I hope to get out and chase some more storms this year.

This photo, taken from the aptly named Panorama Point utilizing long exposure techniques, just north of the Windows Section of the park, was able to expose several large lightning strikes along the southern edge of the park, likely striking somewhere in the La Sal Mountain foothills or along the Colorado River.  The strikes brilliantly illuminated the sky, and silhouetted the sandstone outcroppings of the the Windows perfectly.

 

100/100/100: Day 1 – Spring in Zion

Spring in Zion

Spring is definitely in the air, and with its arrival, my wanderlust is at an all time high. April is always a month for me to get out and explore, and two years ago, as part of a southwest road trip, I spent two days in the beautiful greenery of the main canyon of Zion National Park, listening to the gentle rush of the Virgin River, and soaking in the radiant sunlight that spoke of new life returning to this desert oasis. Zion has long been my favorite of the National Parks, and overtime I go I find something new to love about it. Spring is the perfect time to go, as the crowds are not yet in full swing, and the weather is ideal, cool enough to hike but not so cold that you freeze in your tent at night.


Spring in Zion

Spring in Zion
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Spring is definitely in the air, and with its arrival, my wanderlust is at an all time high.  April is always a month for me to get out and explore, and two years ago, as part of a southwest road trip, I spent two days in the beautiful greenery of the main canyon of Zion National Park, listening to the gentle rush of the Virgin River, and soaking in the radiant sunlight that spoke of new life returning to this desert oasis.  Zion has long been my favorite of the National Parks, and overtime I go I find something new to love about it.  Spring is the perfect time to go, as the crowds are not yet in full swing, and the weather is ideal, cool enough to hike but not so cold that you freeze in your tent at night.