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Sunset from the summit of Angel’s Landing | Zion National Park, Utah


If you’ve hiked this trail before, complete with three-foot ledges, 1500-foot drops, and chains to help you climb through most of the hairy places, you know just how insane someone would have to be to hang around the summit for sunset and come down in the dark… anyhow, that’s what I did. :)


There’s always the postcard shot from Angel’s Landing, but we’ve all seen it dozens of times and I had no reason to reproduce it. Just before sunset, I saw some awesome linear clouds passing through and scoured the summit for a foreground that would best compliment it. The rocks up there form some really awesome layers so I caught this one while lying down on the ground. To compensate for the deep shadows in the canyon, I handheld three exposures and manually blended them.


So, I was perusing my flickr stream this morning and I realized how few High Sierra backcountry images I’ve posted. I almost feel as if I’ve misrepresented myself a little by uploading images from so many familiar places. I really do consider myself primarily a backcountry photographer, so don’t be too surprised if you see some lakes, reflections, and aspens in the middle of my forthcoming Southwest set… :)


Thanks for stopping by to have a look, and have a great week!


all the best,


- Jeff




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Taken on March 30, 2012