Cottonwood Canyon, Virgin River Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah
November 8th, 2011
I spent the other day hiking the famous Narrows of the Virgin River in Zion National Park. This hike is my all time favorite in the park for several reasons.First and foremost, I love to work water and there is no better place in the park that provides incredible water juxtaposed with the shear vertical walls of the canyon. The second reason is the hike is just a great adventure and tons of fun wading up river and watching the light in the canyon change throughout the day. This image was recorded abut a half a mile from the entrance into the narrows. This section of river is amazing in the late morning when the canyon wall out of frame is brightly lit and bouncing warm glowing light into the walls illuminating the Cottonwoods. I choose an angle that allowed me to frame a large section of the canyon wall against the rush of rapids streaming into the lower frame of the composition. The clear blue sky above is reflected in the water adding a great depth of color to the image.