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Zion National Park, Utah, USA by Aeon Jones

After working a week of night shifts I met up with a photo-buddy on Friday morning to drive to Zion National Park in Utah. It's a quick 2-hour drive from our home in las Vegas and when we got there we were pleasantly surprised to find that the weather had the entire park pretty well socked in with clouds and rain. Our first destination was to drive straight to the end of the park and see how many waterfalls we could spot.

Since Zion is a desert canyon and waterfalls only appear when it rains (normally during the summer monsoon)... THAT became the primary focus for us! At the end of the canyon in the Temple of Sinewava lies the Preacher and Pulpit - a sandstone formation in the middle of a horseshoe bend of the Virgin River. We walked around the bend to try and find a view of these beautiful and ancient monoliths which also contained a waterfall.

Zion is a magical place at any time of year but especially so in the autumn. We had missed peak colors by 2-3 weeks but would recommend hitting it in mid/late October to mid November for best fall color on the trees.

This image became one of my best performers on my Instagram page after I posted it: @aeonjonesphoto


Camera Canon 5D Mk III
Lens Canon 50mm f/1.4
Aperture f/14
S/S 1/25sec
ISO 100
Additional Notes Induro Tripod with leveling plate and Acratech GP Ball Head
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