Day 21: October 16, 2004 - Stars over Zion

by Christian Williams

Astro-photography is a great way to pass long nights while camping in Zion. The sky is usually perfectly clear and filled with stars. We were still camping by the Virgin River, and likely playing Skip-bo or Phase 10 inside the tent. I've always thought our light-weight 2 person tent looked like an alien spacepod, and this picture lends credence to that belief. This photo was combined together from dozens of shorter exposures. The earth's rotation makes the stars appear to be swirling around overhead. It's possible to get the same photograph in a single exposure, but the image quality is better this way.

by Karen Williams

Every day in the Fall, I look at the amazing leaves in the canyons of Zion with all of their colors, and wanted to capture the spectrum of colors in this image. Afterwards, as I looked at my photographs, I noticed that the leaves appeared to be floating with the tide. It is an interesting perspective - I was standing at the edge of a canyon, looking down at the sea of leaves on the treetops, the tree trunks were lost in the darkness at the bottom of the canyon.

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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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