Alpenglow and the Big Walls of Zion Canyon at Dawn

By February 25, 2022March 13th, 2022The American Southwest, Utah, Zion

Shortly before sunrise I was greeted by this sublime scene. This is one of my favorite spots in Zion National Park, and I photograph sunrise here every chance I am able.  This morning there were thin clouds hanging above the high cliffs, and together they caught the alpenglow that precedes sunrise.  The cliffs turned gold, the clouds pink, and the rabbitbrush at my feet blurred in a chill wind in this long exposure.   A short while later I repeated the exposure, this time with direct sunlight across the top of the cliffs.  Cheers, and thanks for looking!

West Temple, The Sundial and the Altar of Sacrifice illuminated by soft alpenglow, about 20 minutes before sunrise. Zion National Park, Utah.

West Temple, The Sundial and the Altar of Sacrifice at sunrise. Zion National Park, Utah.

About Phil Colla

I am a natural history photographer. I enjoy making compelling images in the ocean, on land, and in the air. I have maintained the Natural History Photography blog since 2005 and my searchable Natural History Photography Library since 1997. Here are some tear sheets and behind the scenes views. Thanks for looking!