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Zion on Fire

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 15 November 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Sunset in the high country. Yes, this was the color! As I was driving down the highway, returning to the canyon, I spotted this yellow tree - lit as though under a spotlight. Of course, I pulled over, hopped out of the car, set up the tripod, and made the shot. The light show was over moments later. I was fortunate to have caught this, and also caught the red glow on the Navajo sandstone. We just have to keep our senses alive and aware - these scenes are out there all of the time, we just need to notice them!

NIKON D90 1/25 second F/18.0 ISO 250 255 mm (35mm equiv.)

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marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

these scenes are like litte gifts when happen upon them and do notice them! very beautiful!!

15 Nov 2010 6:20am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Excellent framing, the red rock seems to be the leaves of the tree. 5 *. Nice day.

15 Nov 2010 8:00am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

It is important to see, and to stop. Too often I fail to do the later. Beautiful!

15 Nov 2010 10:31am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is Nature's Malibu Light and it was waiting for you...Aren't those colors in the walls magnificent? You have really shown this beautifully, Barbara.... Zion, Bryce, North Rim, and all the rest are so magical because, as you note, if one just looks, we can see things everywhere. I would be stopping about every 10 feet. There are so many small features that can be missed because we are gasping, in awe, at the grand views....your images have masterfully captured both in various wonderful ways and, becasue of this, the spiritual magic has shone through both literally and figuratively in your images....just wonderful!

15 Nov 2010 2:47pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Breathtaking! Considering your haste, you managed a great composition to feature the tree, but also the red sandstone. Wonderful photo.

15 Nov 2010 2:56pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Excellent :)

15 Nov 2010 4:17pm

Elliott from Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

fantastic capture

15 Nov 2010 6:11pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Wonderful capture! The sun on the tree with the yellow leaves is awesome!

15 Nov 2010 8:58pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I am blown away by the color, patterns, and texture in Zion! The difference between making images and taking a snapshot is being there in the best light as well as skillful composition. Not everyone with a digital camera can do that, or is willing to, as you well know. It takes effort, vision, and patience to bring scenes such as this to life. BTW, there must have been a bunch of pros out there with you, because Joe Rossbach and Ian Plant have both posted Zion images in their newsletters in the past week

15 Nov 2010 10:55pm

@Julie Brown: Julie, everyone was there! I climbed up on a rock and ran into Elizabeth Carmel. I own one of her prints. Check her out. She has a gallery in Truckee, Ca. Also, I had dinner with Jack Dykinga and group. Yes, it was a photographer's paradise! Don and Gary passed through as well. Yipee!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


15 Nov 2010 11:25pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

another superb photo! the tree stands out nicely and the variety of textures, colours and patterns behind it is amazing! i also like the patch of illuminated yellow leaves - they glow beautifully!

16 Nov 2010 2:04am

1/25 second
ISO 250
255 mm (35mm equiv.)