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10 November 2009

The Light and Color of Zion National Park

A framed photo of a lone red tailed hawk soars overhead as the sun sinks and lights up the red cliffs of Zion National ParkI was looking through some of my archives of the American Southwest and found a few to share from a trip I took a couple years ago. We were on our way to adopt a dog at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. We ended up coming home with two. But that is another story.

Zion National Park is a photographers dream. There is something about the magical light that bounces off those red cliffs and mountains giving everything a fiery glow. Rose colored glasses are not needed. I am reminded of the old vintage travel magazine covers and took my inspiration from them. And remember, I appreciate your comments on my work. Your critiques help me to stretch and grow. Cheers!

A lone red tailed hawk soars overhead as the sun sinks and lights up the red cliffs of Zion National Park
Sunset Cliff
A lone red tailed hawk soars overhead as the sun sinks and lights up
the red cliffs of Zion National Park.
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zion national park with red mountains and stormy sky
Zion National Park on a rainy day is dappled with sunlight
filtering through the storm clouds.

a desert river of green water and red rocks
The North Fork of the Virgin River in Zion National Park is a desert river
of green water and red rocks.

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  1. We traveled there about 6 years ago and it was one of the most beautiful parks we'd ever been in. Beautiful photos, Julie!

  2. Beautiful! I love the bird. :)

  3. I would love to visit there! Your photographs certainly capture the west!

  4. Love, love the second photo....magnificent!!!

  5. I always enjoy your photos.How did you do with the contest?

  6. OMG...the middle photo took my breath fabulous! Your pictures always bring a feeling or emotion when viewing...a true hallmark of a good photographer.

  7. Very American! But i won't hold that against you, just kidding - you always seem to be in the right place at the right time, what a gift you have and another set of beautiful photos.

  8. Okay, now we're adding Zion to our travel wish list! The second one is just fab, Julie--love it!

  9. Thanks for the great comments! It was very hazy when we were visiting and the second shot was tough to get any detail in the distance. Glad you liked it!

    Joe, the contest results will be published Dec. 15. Thanks for asking!

  10. What magnificent pictures! What a magnificent place! Most definitely on my list of places to visit in the future.
    What I would give to just step into the landscape you have captured so beautifully.

    Have a lovely evening

  11. I LOVE the last one. So beautiful!

  12. This could possibly be my favorite set of photos since discovering your blog.

  13. Wow what a place to visit! I love the colors in #2, almost looks like a painting! Beautiful pictures!


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