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Zion National Park, Day 3

The mountains are calling and I must go.”      John Muir

As expected, the weather was great today, primarily for ducks and firefighters.  Fairly constant rain tried to stop us, but we decided to make lemonade from the lemons and do some exploring by car.  Because the satellite showed more rain near Escalante than in the south, we decided to shift our plans and head out to Zion. As it turned out we caught a small window of sunshine and blue sky before the clouds rolled back in.

ROADSIDE SCENERY, ZION NATIONAL PARK
ROADSIDE SCENERY, ZION NATIONAL PARK

We entered Zion from the east entrance which, it turns out, is the most scenic route.  The rain ended before we reached the park and didn’t start again until we had completed the drive and finished our lunch at a lovely picnic area facing The Watchman, one of Zion’s most iconic landmarks.  We were astounded at the beauty of the park and cannot wait to explore it more thoroughly on foot.

SCENIC ROUTE 9, ZION NATIONAL PARK
SCENIC ROUTE 9, ZION NATIONAL PARK

Once we finished our picnic we decided to hop on the park’s shuttle which took us on a route closed to cars during the peak season.  It was a nice opportunity for Bailey to observe rather than drive, and featured a nice overview of the park’s history and the features of each of the scenic stops.

While today’s window was small, I did manage to capture a few lovely scenes along our drive (no tripod this time out) from the small turnout areas.  Hopefully these will whet your appetite as they have mine.

GRANITE AND FLOWERS
GRANITE AND FLOWERS
PANCAKE ROCKS
PANCAKE ROCKS
STUBBORN PINE
STUBBORN PINE

I must admit that given the limitations of the weather and the roadside restrictions,  I have fallen short of conveying the grandeur of Zion.  The colors, the massive peaks, the shear rock walls, the textures, all combine in a breathtaking array of beauty.  Hopefully our next foray into the heart of the park will better reveal its splendor.

Note:   All photos taken with Nikon D/300s and circular polarizer

  1. Roadside Scenery:  Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/125
  2. Scenic Route 9:  Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/125
  3. Granite and Flowers:  Nikkor 10-24mm @22mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/80
  4. Pancake Rocks:  Nikkor 70-200mm @120mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/400
  5. Stubborn Pine:  Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/80
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11 thoughts on “Zion National Park, Day 3 Leave a comment

  1. All the photos have been wonderful. Was very surprised when you said–no tripod, on day three. They are sharp, and the colors are perfect. Can’t wait for the Grand Canyon. Kathy Keane

  2. I’m traveling vicariously via your wonderful photos. That area of our beautiful country has such amazing vistas and topography. Sorry the weather is not being too cooperative…but I’m sure the wonderment of being there is not compromised. Enjoy and keep the photos coming! Wilma

    • Thanks Wilma! While there have been (much needed) showers, we’ve worked around them nicely so no real problems. Just happy the wildfires were put out before we arrived! Thanks for following me 🙂

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