Friday Photo – June 30, 2017

It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves.
~Thornton Wilder


Today’s Friday Photo comes from Zion National Park, and this particular location is one of the most photographed by amateur and professional photographers alike. In Zion, practically all of the prominent mountains and monoliths were given names by the early explorers of this area. The tall, craggy mountain in the distance is called The Watchman, with the powerful Virgin River in the foreground. Zion National Park is famous for the beautiful hiking trails throughout the canyon, and there’s a really nice 3-miler that takes you up along the base of The Watchman.

The location in this photo is near the south entrance of the park, and right at the main bridge that crosses the Virgin River before reaching the scenic drive that takes you deeper into Zion Canyon. On any given day in the late afternoon, you can expect to see large numbers of photographers lined up on the bridge. Most have tripods and high-end cameras. They challenge themselves to get the “quintessential shot” of this location. It’s a tough shot to get right because off to the right, out of the view of the lens, are large monoliths that the sun sets behind first, creating shade in the foreground. Meanwhile, The Watchman area still has the sun shining directly on it. Ultimately, it’s a game of balancing out the dark foreground and bright background to produce a photograph that best represents the indescribable beauty that exists here. With each visit, I too challenge myself to do this spot justice.

~ Photo taken November 3, 2011  2:48 pm

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