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Announcing our 15th Anniversary Photo/Video Contest

In a love letter my wife many years ago, she wrote, “Nature constantly sends us messages, and if we listen to nature, we can better listen to ourselves.” The meaning is as poignant today as it was then: nature is us and we are nature. Every time we try to control Nature, we are only controlling ourselves; every time we separate ourselves from Nature, we step further away from the wildness inside us. This year at ZAC, we celebrate 15 years trying to live in harmony with Nature, evolving and honing our products and programs to better align with nature’s message. Our new slogan, “Let Nature Be Your Guide,” is a perennial reminder that we can always look to Nature for answers to our most important questions. One of the ways we are celebrating are 15th Anniversary is a Photo and Video Contest for everyone and anyone to participate in. If you have visited Zion or Southern Utah and have captured images or documented stories you feel speak to the theme, “Let Nature Be Your Guide,” please join the contest and share your work with our community. The contest is free to enter, and you can find complete rules and … Continue reading

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Artful Glen Canyon Images from Photographer Dan Ransom

An example from a small collection of fine new black and white images posted by Dan Ransom recently. Dan clearly takes a path less traveled here, using the black and white format, along with some beautiful composition and design, to place the focus on the natural lines and forms that make canyons so breathtaking. View more of this Glen Canyon photography series on his website.

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Dramatic, Moody Images of Zion’s Wet Spring

Photographer Ara Arlani posted some great Zion Canyon images from her recent May visit. In her images, Arlani illustrates exactly what we encourage Zion’s visitors to do during rare periods of “bad” weather: get out there and see the beauty that water and snow can create in Zion. Thanks to Ara for adapting to the conditions she found here and making some wonderful images that captures Zion’s stormier side.

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Zion From the Sky

Mielke Photography recently posted this aerial image, taken from a commercial airliner passing above Zion. It took me a few moments to get oriented, but I soon figured out “where I was”. What I love about this image is the dramatic depiction of just how large Zion’s canyons are, how deeply they cleave into the rock. Those dark, black lines (like Gifford Canyon) look like someone cut straight into a block of wood with a table saw, leaving an extremely thin, straight passage. And yet, when walking in Gifford, it doesn’t feel dark and skinny, but rather intimate, friendly, and tons of fun. Similarly, it’s striking to see how thin The Watchman looks here, while knowing how hulking it seems from the bridge at Canyon Junction. Thanks to Chris Mielke for posting the great photo.

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The Wave: A Fantastic Day Trip from Zion

Late winter/early spring is my favorite time to visit The Wave, so I thought I’d post details for folks interested in doing the same. Just 90 minutes from Zion, The Wave makes for a fantastic day trip, and is a must-see for landscape photographers. Obtaining a Permit The dramatic, colorful sandstone undulations of The Wave are world-famous, and hikers and photographers come from the world over to experience the grandeur for themselves. The downfall of all this popularity COULD be crowding, but the Kane County BLM has managed to keep the wilderness feel of this eye-popping landscape relatively secure via an aggressive permitting system. Permits are available via two methods: you can reserve your permit in an on-line lottery 4 months in advance (available to 1o parties/day) OR try for a day-of walk-in permit (available to 10 parties/day). Instead of explaining the entire permit process here, check out Kane County BLM’s extensive permit information; the permit for “Coyote Buttes North” is the one you’re after. Getting There If you are lucky enough to get a permit for Coyote Butte North, the BLM will supply you a map with your permit. You still need to know how to use it, but … Continue reading

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California Condors Over Marble Canyon

Tom went down to Lee’s Ferry on Sunday morning to see some friends off down the river. While he was down there, a number of California condors were breezing around overhead. They came in close only once, but Tom was waiting and snapped this shot of ol’ No. 73 and his compadre, No. 71. California condors, once on the brink of extinction, have enjoyed a moderately successful reintroduction in the Arizona Strip region, and we sometimes get to see these enormous, ancient birds up-close. Thanks to Tom for sharing the photo. If you’re interested in learning more about California condors, the Grand Canyon NPS site offers some good information.

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Fantastic Canyon Landscape Video from Aerial Filmworks

Picked up these video links from the Canyons Group and wanted to post them here for your pleasure. Aerial Filmworks is the outfit behind the Planet Earth series, along with a truck-load of other stunning documentary footage for everything from Survivor to the YukonQuest Dog Sled Race to car chase sequences for Animal Cops. They use a super-fancy camera, the Cineflex V14 HD heli-gimal, which is “gyro-stable”, meaning it stays completely still and level when a helicopter is twisting, turning, and vibrating like mad. Check out these wonderful landscape videos of the many twists and turns of the Grand Canyon (on top) and the awesome variesty of the Four Corners area of UT/CO/AZ, including Monument Valley, the San Juan River, and the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

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