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    Posted: 03 December 2018 at 12:07
So,

Following on from the early morning hike in the first post, we now take ourselves up and along the Virgin River (North Fork Virgin River to be exact) towards the Narrows along the Riverside Walk. Options for further trail hiking were rather limited following a severe weather system that ran through the park in July resulting in the closure of a large number of trails due to heavy rock falls (including the Angels Landing Trail). As you will see, the walk is characterized by the steep valley walls and lush green vegetation (something we will come to miss in the following days). I hope you like these wanderings as much as we did:

1. Sheer Walls



2. Valley and it's Creator



3. Towards The Temple of Sinawava



4. In The Shadows



5. Light and Water Give Life To The Walls



6. Narrowing



7. Body Chain at The Narrows



This was a consequence of the high number of trail closures - we went to the end of the trails expecting a few people to be there and, perhaps, a wander up the narrows with a few quiet moments: what we found were seemingly coachloads of people and the whole area resembling a theme park... We passed on that one.

8. Heading Back



9. Afternoon Light



10. Gentle Falls on the Virgin River



I think the walk along the River such as this helps to bring what Zion is all about into better perspective; it's genuinely hard to capture the sheer scale of the location in an image (or two) but there is no escaping the fact it offers a real sense of the dominance of Nature in such wonderful surroundings.

Thanks for looking and, as always, comments are very welcome.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 December 2018 at 18:06
Another fine set Neil! I have walked a gorge last summer and experienced the same challenge to capture the scale and impression it makes on you when you are there.
#2 looks impressive. The last three work well for me too. #8 for the compo and colours, #9 for the light and #10 with the smooth water. TFS.
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Another fine installment Neil. For me standouts are #8 (for the feeling of depth in the image) and #10 (for the subtle colours and calming feeling). TFS
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I am enjoying your travels very much, this looks like a tricky place for photography with the strong light and deep shadows. I especially like the last with the boulders leading nicely through the frame.
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Lovely to see Zion again Neil. Beautiful place, hard to capture the grandness in a picture but you managed well. Steep cliffs indeed, wide angle lenses are never wide enough. In 2012 I had the privilege to climb to Angels Landing. As heights don't affect me at all I couldn't understand the fuss about how dangerous the transfer to the top is, but the wife refused to go all the way so they must be right. Pity you couldn't go, you can plan everything except the weather. The Narrows; in 2012 they were overcrowded notwithstanding the high water flow/level (we were not prepared and did not dare enter), they must be bursting from visitors by now.

Gentle Falls is a real stunner. Just enough movement in the water, lovely Zion rock colours and a good diagonal line in the composition.
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Excellent photographing. Amazing how steep the place. #4 captures that very well, making it and #9 my favorites. I was quite transfixed by it. 9 beautifully captures what mountain sunsets are all about, the thrill and awe, being in the presence of such things. Makes everything worth it and lifelong treasured moments.

Your right, #7 must have been disappointing. Traveling that far to such a remote area and then confronted w a scene like that. (It happens!). You won't run into that many folks even at Yosemite, except for of course cabin areas. I would think most were international, just my guess.

I've never been and never will be, so I'm living vicariously thru your excellent travels and photos. Thank you,
and for people who doubt the blues in the sky's and the colors of the places, they are Real, that's the way it is!

BTW could you list your itinerary (the places you photographed, including Las Vegas) let us know what's next?
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Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:

BTW could you list your itinerary (the places you photographed, including Las Vegas) let us know what's next?
Joseph


Hi Joseph,

The trip will include (in roughly the right order):

Valley of Fire State Park
Zion NP
Bryce Canyon NP (various locations from within)
Kodachrome State Park
UT12 Scenic byway
Capitol Reef (various locations within that fabulous place including The Fluted Wall; The Tanks; Grand Wash etc.)
Goblin State Park
Moab
Arches NP
Canyon NP
Colorado River Jet Boat trip
Arches Sunset
Natural Arches State Park
Monument Valley
Valley of the Gods State Park (wow....)
Page
Lake Powell boat Tour into Antelope Canyon
Canyon X
Navajo bridge and Lees Ferry
Last stop at Zion for the Valley Overlook trail
Las Vegas

Might have missed a couple of 'quick stops' off the list but that just about covers it. You'll be fed up of orange scenery and blue skies by the time I've finished...

We booked all this ourselves from the UK and I will try and put a fuller itinerary together along with the places we stayed once I've processed all the images if anyone is interested.

I hope this is useful and best regards, Neil.

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"Wow"!

all I can say is I'm impressed 👍

You must have the stamina of Zeus. My hats off to you Sir. 👑


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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

You'll be fed up of orange scenery and blue skies by the time I've finished...



I highly doubt it! Looking forward to all the rest you have. Having been there several times I can attest you've presented the area quite well! Thank you.
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Itinerary: Exactly how many months were you in the USA, Neil?
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Originally posted by Snegren Snegren wrote:

Itinerary: Exactly how many months were you in the USA, Neil?


Only 21 days of which the 'end two' were travel days - we like to pack a lot into our vacations! This is the same with UK vacations as well as those further abroad - we are not the 'sun lounger by the pool' sort I'm afraid.

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That's quite an impressive list sites to visit. And so far the photography is excellent. But...

You missed Cedar Breaks National Monument!!!!! The absolute tip top of the Grand Staircase formation!

(So now you have a reason to go back again )
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Originally posted by momech momech wrote:

You missed Cedar Breaks National Monument!!!!! The absolute tip top of the Grand Staircase formation!

(So now you have a reason to go back again )


It goes with the old adage: "So much to see; so little time"

Or:

"Always leave them wanting more"

Still, looking at it's location, it's in a perfect place for us to visit next time!

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Another impressive set of landscape and photography, Neil!

My favorites are #1 and especially #9 in the set. Composition and colors in #9 are marvelous!

This has been an impressive, challenging itinerary. Looking forward to see the next stop!

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