Day 156: February 28, 2005 - Towers of the Virgin

by Christian Williams
As the sun started to go down, the shadows rose up from the canyon floor, creating interesting depth and texture on the canyon walls.

Day 155: February 27, 2005 - Tiny Plants

by Karen Williams
I'll admit it. I have no idea what this plant is. But I am constantly amazed by the intricate details that are often missed when we don't stop to admire the diverse plantlife in Zion, and any other natural space. This picture is taken with my macro lens and focuses on two small buds on a twig that was filled with these buds.

Day 154: February 26, 2005 - Panorama

by Christian Williams
This clear day with blue skies and nice cloud formations was perfect for a panorama of the western side of Zion.

Day 153: February 25, 2005 - Landslide

by Karen Williams
On our way to Zion we saw this sign, and hoped we would still be able to get to the park. As it turns out the road was not closed before the park, but actually there was a landslide that blocked the switchbacks that lead to the Zion Tunnel. We stopped at the Canyon Overlook trail and hiked up hoping to get a view of the landslide.

by Christian Williams
The landslide was around a bend where we couldn't see it, but the Canyon Overlook Trail is a great hike. It follows a river part of the way. Here is a view of the river from the trail, which follows a rocky ledge above the river.

Day 152: February 24, 2005 - Snowy Peaks

by Christian Williams
After the storm from the previous day cleared, Zion was once again filled with beautiful blue skies and snow capped peaks. I returned to the main canyon, and liked the silhouette that frames the cliffs of main canyon.

Day 151: February 23, 2005 - Rainbow at the Altar


by Christian Williams
After spending time in Zion this rainy day, I was rewarded by a beautiful rainbow in front of the Alter of Sacrifice.

Day 150: February 22, 2005 - Flowing Water

by Christian Williams
I decided to seek out more waterfalls, as the rain and dreary weather continued in Zion this winter. I like the patterns the falling water made in the pond.

By Christian Williams
I came across a small cave that was formed by a rock slide. There was water dripping with a faint amount of light shining into the cave. I couldn't see the inside clearly, but I thought I would try a long 20 second exposure to see how the light and water mist played out in the picture.

Day 149: February 21, 2005 - Hidden Waterfalls

By Christian Williams
With all the storms this winter, the waterfalls keep coming back to all the diverse mountain faces of Zion. In little coves through the park I find waterfalls tucked away where few people come to see them.

Day 148: February 20, 2005 - Rock Lines

By Christian Williams
The lines in the rock create the impression of intersecting roads running throughout the park.

Day 147: February 19, 2005 - Cloudy Day

By Karen Williams
The low clouds swirled around the mountains, creating a cold dreary feeling this day.

Day 146: February 18, 2005 - Checkerboard Mesa

By Karen Williams
The red rock in the foreground melts away into the white rock of the Checkerboard Mesa beyond.

Day 145: February 17, 2005 - Dead Trees and Flowing Streams

By Karen Williams
I like the lines in this picture - the straight tall dead tree forming stretching through the landscape and the long, curving stream that curls around the bushes.

Day 144: February 16, 2005 - Desert Beauty

By Karen Williams
Once again I am struck by the unusual beauty of desert plants. They are not glossy and shiny, but they have interesting shapes and textures that compliment the unique beauty of the rough red rock in Zion.

Day 143: February, 15 2005 - Juniper Trees and Beautiful Views

By Karen Williams
I love the way the juniper trees frame the view of the mountains. Zion's mountains look as if they could go on forever, with rows of mountains continuing as far as the eye can see.

Day 142: February, 14 2005 - Ominous Clouds

By Christian Williams
The ominous storm clouds brought tidings of the coming storm. The crazy stormy weather was rolling in, but rays of sun broke through the clouds to shine on the mountain tops before the storm broke.

Day 141: February 13, 2005 - Lone Tree

By Christian Williams
The lone tree in the light is dwarfed by the ominous shadows of Zion's towering canyon walls.

Day 140: February 12, 2005 - Waterfalls

by Christian Williams
I revisited the Hidden Falls area to explore more of the area in search of waterfalls. There are many waterfalls tumbling down the mountain near the switchbacks of Zion tunnel, and I found plenty of beautiful places to take pictures.

By Christian Williams
A beautiful little cove with a small waterfall feeding a pond before the water continues down the moutain.

Day 139: February 11, 2005 - Snow on the Checkerboard Mesa

by Karen Williams
The snow from the recent winter storm accentuates the unusual patterns in the rock on the Checkerboard Mesa.

Day 138: February 10, 2005 - Icy River

by Karen Williams
I like the way the ice curls around the rocks, giving the frozen river a sense of movement.

by Karen Williams
A closeup of the intricate patterns formed in the ice.

Day 137: February 9, 2005 - Tall Trees and Walls

By Karen Williams
The tall straight trees of Zion are often dwarfed by the taller straight canyon walls of the park.

Day 136: February 8, 2005 - Feels Like Christmas

by Christian Williams
This brisk February morning reminded me of a Christmas card, with the snow dusted mountains and the sunlight glowing on the trees.

by Christian Williams
On the way home I saw this irate looking bald eagle, standing watch over the park from his perch high in the treetops.

Day 135: February 7, 2005 - Great White Throne

by Christian Williams
The Great White Throne rises out of the shadows, into the cloud filled blue sky.

Day 134: February 6, 2005 - Fading Light

by Karen Williams
I love the end of the day when the sun is setting; the fading rays of light cause the rocks to glow with warm light just before disappearing beyond the horizon.

Day 133: February 5, 2005 - Views at Sunset

by Christian Williams
I hiked out to Coal Pits Wash to enjoy the views of Zion at sunset. The fading light brings out the red in the towering rock formations.


by Christian Williams
The sun had set, and it was time for photography fun with flashlights!

Day 132: February 4, 2005 - East Zion Slot Canyon

By Christian Williams
The riverbed which runs through East Zion National Park is a great hike, even though it's not techically a trail at all. It can be hiked in small sections at a time, from HWY 9, or in one long 10+ mile hike. The canyon walls narrow and widen and the terrain changes dramatically. I never hiked the entire river bed in one stretch, but I have hiked every section of it in various pieces. This spot, with the old weather-beaten tree was a pleasant surprise, that I was not expecting to find.

Day 131: Februrary 3, 2005 - Contrasts


by Christian Williams
The contrast between light and dark in this scene creates the image of a zigzag shadow path winding through the photograph.

Day 130: February 2, 2005 - Shadows at Sunset

by Christian Williams
Sunsets at Zion are not often filled with spectaculor colors across the sky, probably because the Sun is tucked away behind the mountain range long before it actually "sets", but as the sun goes down the walls and canyons come alive with shadows and textures.

Day 129: February 1, 2005 - Towering Canyon Walls

by Christian Williams
One of the many side canyons in East Zion. I really liked the way all the elements in this shot just lined up. The towering canyon wall in the background, leading all the way up to the "little" (10' tall) hoodoo in the lower right corner.

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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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