"Immutable yet ever changing, the cliffs of Zion National Park stand resolute, a glowing presence, a wild calm. Melodies of waters soothe desert-parched ears, streams twinkle over stone, wren bird song cascades from red rock cliffs, cottonwood leaves jitter on the breeze. But when summer lighting flashes water falls erupt from dry cliffs, and floods flash down waterless canyons exploding log jams, hurling boulders, croaking wild joyousness, and dancing stone and water and time. Zion is alive with movement, a river of life always here and always changing.
Everything in Zion takes life from the Virgin River's scare desert waters. Water flows, and solid rock melts into cliffs and towers. Landscape changes as canyons deepen to create forested highlands and lowland deserts. A ribbon of green marks the river's course as diverse plants and animals take shelter and thrive in this canyon oasis. From the beginning the Ancient Ones sought this place, this sanctuary in the desert's dry reaches."
--- reference: www.nps.gov/zion
In this view of Zion Canyon is the North Fork of the Virgin River meandering through it, with leafless Cottonwood trees and in the center distance, The West Temple. The 19th century Mormon settlers named many geological features in Zion. The very name Zion is Hebrew for refuge, and certainly this magical place is a haven for weary 21st century humans.
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jhm (134498) 2014-01-03 8:16
This mountain massive remains a superb place for take pictures.
All ingredients are present for a wonderful picture.
Your subject is wonderful as usual.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Also a lovely panoramic view about these area.
A nice presentation, pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
fabbs99 (15675) 2014-01-03 10:17
Excellent shot of the Zion Canyon.Perfect lighting and sharpness.Very well done,TFS.
saxo042 (36712) 2014-01-05 5:55
A very beautiful view with all the red sediments here, forming these rocks along the little river. Is this the kind of geological formations where you have a chance to find fossils, like dinosaurs?
bona (12195) 2014-01-05 16:47
what a beautiful landscape of these canyons and the many trees next to the river. The colors and depth are great.
jemaflor (80000) 2014-01-06 10:44
anyher beautiful view on this strange and nice landscape, The light gives an interesting warm tone, well compoded from this pov, tfs.
eldancer1 (24761) 2014-01-07 7:49
I like this pov of Zion and the Virgin river. Good dof with nice details. You controlled the lighting well and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
EstudioChispa (1860) 2014-01-08 13:05
It is always a challenge to convey the scale of these landscapes in a foto, but you have done well with this series. This is my favorite in that regard, as you give us good clues from the foreground, through the middle of the frame, receding into the distance. Great work!
May I digress slightly? I have a project going and want your input, as this is the best way I have (so far, anyway) of reaching you.
As you may have seen in some of my earlier posts, there is an ever-growing collection of statues along the bayside walk in La Paz, BCS, Mexico. I have not been able to find -- in English or Spanish -- any comprehensive guide that identifies the artists or provides any other basic info, so I want to create one.
We visited La Paz in December and I shot >1,000 frames of these artworks. Since our return, I have been reviewing them and processing my favorites. Today, I have posted the first cull on a website and I humbly ask you for any insight, opinions, or critiques you might offer.
I acknowledge that we live in a very busy world and I thank you in advance for any time you kindly lend to this project. Do not feel like you need to comment on or even look at every image. Likewise, please remember that I know we are friends and I have a thick skin, so there is no reason to be diplomatic -- let me know what you honestly think of these images and, as always, if you see a way they could be improved, I want to hear your ideas!
With only two exceptions, nothing has been added or removed from these images. Specifically, the stars in the sky in the images of the Mantarraya are the same light that was captured in the original exposure, although I admit they have been accentuated in post-processing. The exceptions? In one shot of the Ballena, and one shot of the Vaquitas, I have freed the sculpture from its post to allow the art to swim or fly away!
So check them out when you have the time, please? http://fotos.estudiochispa.com/?page_id=77 Also, feel free to forward this note and the URL to any of our other friends.
Peace, love, and creative exposures to you!