Virgin River Hanging Gardens, Narrows-Zion National Park

Hanging Gardens, Virgin River, Zion National Park

Hanging Gardens Along the Virgin River in Zion National Park

 Here is another image I took along the Virgin River during my short hike up the narrows. This hanging garden was about 1/4 mile up the canyon past where the paved trail ends. The mix of colors on the canyon wall with the river flowing along beneath made for a nice scene. I’m also submitting this photo as part of the #FlowingWaterFriday theme on Google+. I think the slower shutter speed I used really accentuates the flowing nature of the water in the river.

I really wish I had the time (and the equipment) to go further up the canyon but in my short time wading in the river I found a lot of good photo opportunities. The narrows is a unique area and well worth exploring when you’re in Zion National Park.

Friday Photo Share December 2, 2011

Happy Friday! This week’s photo share is an image from our recent trip out to Zion National Park. I’ve finally pretty much got through all the images and so I should be able to post some from time to time from now on.

This particular image is going to be my entry in our photography club’s December photo competition, which is tonight. I’m pretty sure I won’t win a prize for this but I really like the image. I’ll be interested to see what the comments are from the other members.


This image was taken as we were walking along the paved path that leads to the “world famous” narrows in Zion National Park. This was taken mid-morning, just before the sun made it above the canyon walls. As a result everything was still a little dark but the colors in the rocks were very vibrant. I set up my camera on a rock near the middle of the river and took this image. I used a longer shutter speed to give the water a very flowing and “pillowy” appearance.

After I took this photograph we wandered up to where the paved trail ends and I waded up the river about 1/2 mile or so with my camera to see what I could see. Pam wasn’t interested in wading in the cold water so she sat down and enjoyed the view. I manged to get a few decent images which I’ll post at some point in the near future.

Do any of you have images from Zion National Park that you’d like to share? If so, send them to me at fridayphoto [at] marksphotographyspot [dot] com and I’ll post them. Be sure to keep the file size under 1/2 meg and please resize the images to no more than 600 pixels wide.

Happy shooting!