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Zion National Park – Part 1

Every year I work at the PhotoshopWorld convention in Las Vegas, and I always go out early to photograph with my friend Jeff Leimbach, someplace around Las Vegas. Last year we pushed it as far as we could and photographed at Yosemite National Park. I came back with some great photos, but it was a lot of driving, so this time we decided to not go so far and stay in one place the whole time. We chose Zion Nation Park in Utah.

Zion is about three hours outside Las Vegas and has plenty of hotels just outside the park with a shuttle system that works well from both the town of Springdale and the park entrance. Most people spend most of their time in the canyon, but as we discovered the area on the other side of the tunnel had some great photographic opportunities. On the way to an overlook of the canyon we found this great bee hive looking rock formation that most people walk right by to get to the over look.

A mountain goat walked out on front of us as we where driving and stopped traffic as it had a snack on the side of the road.

There were so many different slip rock formations on this short drive that you could stop and photograph around each corner. The great thing was there were very few other people around to get in your shots. One of my goals was to shoot some of the idyllic photos from different angels and try to something a little new. Here is one from the bottom of the Checkerboard Mesa; I went to the base instead of the overlook that is photographed most often.

There are a lot of other great places in Zion and in the post I will be talking of walking up the Virgin Narrow. Part three will be on a small State Park called Snow Canyon.


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