Zion National Park

One day in August I explored and photographed in the Zion National Park  in southeastern Utah.

A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep with peaks of sandstone carved by the Virgin River. On the day of my visit, the skies were clear and the colors of the rocks were stunning.

Zion National Park
Zion National Park


I especially liked the Court of the Patriarchs.

The Three Patriarchs
The Three Patriarchs


The three peaks of the Patriarchs are named after three persons from the Old Testament: Abraham, Isaac and Joshua.

I loved photographing the sandstone focusing in on interesting features such as trees that find a way to grow in the crevices.

Most of these pictures were taken from a slow-moving bus so I had to make sure that my shutter speed was high enough to focus. I used a Nikon D300s camera with a 10-105mm/f/3.5-5.6 lens. Exposure settings were 1/250 sec at f/16 and ISO 800.

Close-up of sandstone rock face.
Close-up of sandstone rock face.




Next blog post with focus on Bryce Canyon. Don’t miss it!


2 Replies to “Zion National Park”

  1. Beautiful. It would be interesting to know how the layers with different colors were laid down, and how old they are. I am sure the geologists have fun exploring this area.

    1. Bob,

      If you visit the area they have a wealth of information on the different layers and what the
      colors mean. There is lots to see and much information available right there. You should go visit.
      We only had one day and that was only a few hours to spend there.

      If you visit, don’t go in the summer. Zion is very hot. I would research the best times to visit.
      Bryce Canyon has a much lower temperatures range and it is spectacular in its own way.


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