Day 4: September 29, 2004 - 136 Kinds of Weather within 24 Hours

Mark Twain once commented, "In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours." He could have been speaking of Zion National Park in the fall. I watched the weather quickly change from beautiful blue sky, to overcast, to flash flood levels within 1 hour.

by Christian Williams

The bright blue cloud sky and orange rock that is so often present in Zion can turn just about any photo into something special.

by Christian Williams

Bone White Rock

Within minutes the clouds started to roll in. The bright shining walls of Zion were covered in a cloudy haze. Dreary clouds often make for depressingly bad photographs, but for some reason I really like the stark white contrast of this image. It's as if the absence of blue sky and sunshine just sucked the life out of this photo.

by Christian Williams

A few moments later and the flood had begun. The eastern half of Zion was inundated with rain. It's amazing how quickly the weather can change in Zion, and even more interesting is how isolated the weather can be. The lower half of Zion was still experiencing blue sky and sunshine, while every rock wall, canyon, and dry river bed on the east rim was transformed into a raging river or waterfall.

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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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