A few weekends ago, I had the amazing opportunity to spend some time in Zion National Park on a photography retreat, where I got to learn from the incredible David J. West. We spent two whole days wandering around one of the most beautiful places on Earth and taking photos and it was incredible. While I know my photos aren’t anywhere near as good as a professional, I think anyone can learn a lot from going to gorgeous locations and practicing, so I wanted to share some of the spots David took us to on the retreat that I think are perfect to work on different skills.
A couple weeks ago, I finally headed up to a place I’ve been meaning to check out for a while: Fifth Water Hot Springs. Located outside of Spanish Fork, Utah, it’s a short hike to a little oasis of pools heated by the natural springs they flow from. It’s beautiful and unique and there are so many people there all the time, but it’s such a fun place to spend an afternoon with a couple friends and a cute puppy.
Bryce Canyon National Park is a true hidden beauty. About four hours south of Salt Lake City, you will find yourself in another world: a world of red rock, strange and enchanting spires, and sights you can’t see anywhere else.
This past weekend, Colby and I took our annual “December is over” trip to St. George, Utah for a little break before life goes back to being crazy. While we were there, we visited one of our very favorite places: Zion National Park. Colby and I have tons of memories here together – I overcame my fear and hiked Angel’s Landing with him, we’ve done the Narrows twice, and we went down at this same time last year and climbed up to Observation Point. Driving into the park feels like coming home and this time was no different.
Why do I love fall so much? That’s the question I asked myself while I was editing the photos for this post and trying to brainstorm what I would write to go along with them. Why does everyone love fall so much?
I saved this hike – Lake Blanche – all summer because I wanted to do it at my favorite time of the year – right at the beginning of fall, when some of the leaves have changed and are covering the mountainside in vibrant colors, but not all of the leaves have changed, so there’s still the stark contrast of greens against bright oranges and yellows. It did not disappoint.