Day 1: September 26, 2004 - Checkerboard Mesa Fiery Sunset

by Christian Williams

The iconic Checkerboard Mesa of Zion bathed in violet light from a smoke filled sunset.

The first of 365 days in Zion National Park. As luck would have it, the Park Service was doing a "controlled burn" on the East Rim, flooding the sky with smoke. As the day ended, the smoke scattered the rays of light, revealing a beautiful deep purple sunset.

by Christian Williams

It was a unique expierence like we have never seen before or since in Zion. We couldn't decide which Checker Board Mesa picture was better, the landscape or portrait.

by Karen Williams

Smoke Billows Skyward From the East Rim

The controlled burn seemed a bit uncontrolled, to our uneducated eyes, as we watched the smoke pour out from the East Rim. Perhaps the burn really was out of control as additional volunteer firefighters were called in later that evening.

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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.

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