Light of Night by tadingle

Moonlight gently shines down upon a peaceful Zion night. The Virgin River snakes it’s way through the canyons below, still doing it’s part in shaping this amazing landscape. Stars are visible through the low cloud cover. It was an amazing night.

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Revived by Pcoskun

Last year when I made the hike into the famous subway area, I was particularly drawn to the scene opposite of the iconic view many have photographed. Perhaps it was the twisting canyon walls, the pothole, the green water. It was something that made me want to return and enjoy it in the future. I made the trip again this year to the subway, but I wasn’t so much interested in the subway itself, rather the falls that preceded the stunning canyon. I made sure that I would photograph them before reaching the final destination of my hike as I failed to do so last year. When I finally got to the subway, I noticed the scene that had initially caught my eye was very different. It looked even better than I remembered. The low light still allowing the shadows to play between the canyon walls as the green water popped against the multicolored stones. A fallen log now removed from the scene (likely from flash flooding), and a beautiful golden tree just above. There were no leaves on the tree on my previous visit, and to see how it popped against the cool colors of the canyon was hypnotizing. I was more focused shooting this scene than I was the main subway area as some of my friends had shown up at this point. There was a fairly large group of photographers here enjoying the scenery and filling memory cards with stunning images. Myself and a few others began the hike out of the canyon and towards the very end of the hike the others who I had ran into caught up with us. The hike is listed as very strenuous, and it will certainly tire out the legs if you are not used to hiking or climbing over rocks. It’s an adventure for sure, and one that I probably will do over and over no matter how many times I say “this will be the last time”. The canyon just draws you in, especially when draped in autumn colors.

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Panta Rei by AttilioRuffo

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Chamber of Light by Pcoskun

Warm light bounces off the deep canyon walls of Zion’s narrows early in the morning. Rushing waters flow through this magnificent canyon constantly changing it’s appearance. Hard to believe, but I was nearly waist deep in the water here trying to keep my tripod and camera steady from the turbulent rapids. I tried making a similar image from this spot last year, however it was much later in the day providing more lackluster light on the walls and water.

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North Creek Falls by matt-anderson

North creek falls, located on the hike to the “Subway” @ Zion National Park, Utah. A small water cascade flowing over the red sandstone. A grueling hike, but well worth it.

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Reflection by Pcoskun

There is something magical about this particular section of the narrows. Last year on my first visit, I was overwhelmed at the beauty of this dark and narrow canyon. On this recent trip, the main goal was to photograph autumn color throughout the canyons. However, on this particular morning I had my mind set on spending some quality time amid my favorite part of this remarkable canyon. Unlike last years visit, I took a beeline straight to “wall street”. I knew if I could get there quickly and ahead of the rest of the hikers I would have the place all to myself. When I finally reached my destination, I took a moment to appreciate my surroundings. Towering canyon walls with the sound of water echoing throughout made me feel at peace. There was no place I would rather have been at this moment other than standing in the middle of this river. It would have made for a great self portrait and reminded me of those images of hikers peering out into the endless wilderness. I wish I would have thought of that looking back at this, but I will always have the memory of being there and the few photos I captured of the moments enjoyed. I was able to enjoy this spot for nearly a half hour before the first few people caught up to me. On the way out, I encountered enough people to make me really appreciate my quality time here in this canyon. If you have never been to the narrows in Zion National Park, I highly recommend a trip up the river. It is surely one of the most incredible experiences you will have in nature.

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