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Zion & Bryce – Days 2 – ?

by on Feb.19, 2010, under Photography

I was definitely optimistic in adding the day number to my last post. I fully intended posting every day but ended up selfishly editing pictures instead. I suspect there won’t be time for a long post tonight either given that we have a 3am (yes, you read that correctly) tomorrow morning so here’s a potted history of the last few days.

We spent Tuesday in Zion venturing into the Kolob Terrace area where the snow was deep and the views amazing. In the afternoon we again headed through the tunnel to take some sunset shots but were foiled by clouds.

On Wednesday, we had a leisurely drive to Bryce Canyon , stopping frequently along the way as a view appealed to us. We got to Bryce in plenty of time for afternoon photography, though. The park is under several feet of snow making the views absolutely superb but closing all the trails from the rim into the canyon. Nevertheless, a good photographic time was had by all and we continued checking out viewpoints and roadside locations on Thursday. A passing snowstorm offered some great clouds for last night’s sunset shoot.

Given the trail closures, we decided to switch locations for Saturday and take a trip to Death Valley, using Las Vegas as our base (hence the 3am call – it’s a 3 hour drive from Vegas to Death Valley and sunrise is at 6:35am tomorrow). Our morning so far has been spent driving slowly across route 14 in Utah, stopping frequently for shots of snowfields, Aspen, iced trees and fog – great fun but very cold!

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