About 365 Days in Zion

Tired of life in the city, in the Fall of 2004,we relocated from the Chicago suburbs to the small town of Glendale, Utah (pop. ~330) near Zion National Park. Karen gave up her job as a commercial photographer for a large internet and catalog retailer to become a small town high school teacher. Christian, promotions manager and action sports photographer, continued his work on a remote basis.

With a strong background in photography and an intense love for the American Southwest, we embarked on the experience of photographing 365 consecutive days in Zion National Park in an attempt to capture its splendor.

Photographing 365 Days in Zion was initially envisioned for a potential book project. However, the project quickly became an experience, which left a lasting impression on us as we discovered Zion lives true to its ancient Hebrew meaning of "a place of refuge or sanctuary". To explore Zion for a day or a week is incredible, but to experience a year in this outdoor sanctuary transformed Zion from a beautiful destination to a place of intimacy we now consider home.

In the beginning, spending a year in Zion sounded "neat", but as the project progressed we discovered the difficulties and fascinations of capturing Zion's beauty in all its seasons. The year of 2004-2005 proved to be a special year as well, with an historic amount of rainfall and flooding transforming every canyon into a stunning waterfall or raging river.

This blog showcases some of our triumphs (and failings) as we explore Zion one day at a time. Posting begins Sept 26, 2009.

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365 Days in Zion is a photo experience by Karen and Christian Williams. Together, we spent an entire year in Zion National Park amidst snow, rain, flash floods, brush fires, and the beautiful sunny blue skies that typify Southern Utah in the United States of America.

365 Days in Zion National Park

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