Court of the Patriarchs

The Court of the Patriarchs in Zion National Park

This shot was taken early in the morning just below the Court of the Patriarchs at Zion National Park.  Most people when photographing this mountain range do it from the comfort of their car.  This is a nice view if you want the same picture as every tourist.  I found nicer views a hundred or so yards into the woods near the Virgin River.

Once the light hit the mountain range, I hiked down to the river hoping to get a nice strong reflection off the water of the mountains and I was not disappointed.  Zion is a very tough place to photograph if you try to get anything but the standard shots – the tight canyons make for extreme differences in dynamic range.

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