Zion in Autumn

In late October, I spent a week roaming the canyons and creek beds in Zion National Park. Fall color was on full display! I often found myself so immersed capturing photos that I lost track of time. Many of the photos I took over these days were small scenes such as a trees or leaves on the ground.

It has been hard to select the best to share with you. Below are some of my favorites. I have a larger selection on my website here.

Cottonwood Solo – This tree stands alone in the bottom of a canyon
Ponderosa Autumn – The tall trunk is a ponderosa, surrounded by the yellowing leaves of a cottonwood and the red of a big -leaf maple.

The following four photos were all taken in and around a small meadow that was bathed in beautiful light reflected off the red sandstone walls of the canyon. I spent a few hours in this location. I was within ear-shot of the trail and others passing by. Again and again I heard people exclaim, “Wow! So beautiful!”

Autumn Oaks
Laughing Leaves
Autumn Gold
Dancers in the Meadow – I loved how these trees twisted and leaned around each other. They appeared to be involved in a wonderful dance, aware of each other and frozen in time.

The photos below were taken along the Left Fork of North Creek. It is a challenging hike because of several obstacles in the route. The reward is capturing the scenes below. The first shot is “The Subway.” I had seen many pictures of this place before, so seeing it with my own eyes was like meeting a famous movie star.

Reflecting Change (The Subway)
Serene Falls
Archangel Falls
The Crack

I have a larger selection on my website here. Enjoy!

Forest and Snow

The other day we had a cold storm come through San Diego dropping snow in the local mountains. From a photographic point of view, I look for bad weather to create interesting compositions in nature. I started with sunrise overlooking Lake Henshaw.

Better Days

After sunrise, I continued to Palomar Mountain State Park. The road had a thin coat of frozen snow. Fresh snow hung on the trees and grasses. Once in the park, I walked one of my favorite trails. I was drawn to the roots of these giant oaks clutching the earth.

Giant Toes
Wintergreen

I love being the photographic explorer, going out with no idea of what I will find, and then discovering compositions. I was initially drawn to the snow laden branches of the trees in the photo above. As I stood there observing, the sun began creeping between trees creating conditions for this sun star.

I recently saw some photos that used intentional camera movement (ICM) to create abstract images. Here is one of my photos using this technique in the forest.

Winter Wood

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