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In the shadow of the Watchman

By mlseawell    
If I'm being truthful, I was lucky to arrive at all. We had been in Zion all day, finally leaving the park an hour before sundown to find something in Springdale, the town just outside the park, to eat. We had ran out of food and the look in my significant other's eyes told me she simple was NOT going to miss dinner, photography be damned. After 32 years of marriage I know when to go silent, dinner it was. We found a lovely Mexican restaurant and really enjoyed the meal. I nervously kept looking at the rising moon and the fading light but had given up on returning to the park. But I guess guilt set in for my wife and she said "Okay, let's go back." And off we went, me convinced it really was too late and her feeling guilty because she knew I wanted an evening shot. She was kind enough to drive so I could jump out as she looked for parking (no easy task). I hastily set up my camera, the light fading quickly and captured...blackness. I still had a polarizer on! Finally realizing my error I took it off and increased my ISO to capture this the shadow of the watchman.

Tags: Dusk Landscape and travel Virgin river Zion national park Dusk sunset Autumn foliage

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dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
9 Nov 2020 7:41AM
I know it's an evening shot (and one that you and your wife both worked hard for), but those glorious colours can be seen at dawn as well as sunset.

So I'll see this as symbolic of the new light that is shining in the USA since Saturday. Hope for the future...

Have a user award as part of the celebrations. This is a magnificent picture, even without the freight of emotions we've shared over the last few months.
mlseawell 12 1 United States
9 Nov 2020 12:56PM
Thanks John! I appreciate the kind words and sentiment. Yes, perhaps this Saturday marks the beginning of a new day in our country and the world. Perhaps a return to hope, good will, and much more!

richmowil Plus
13 484 2 England
9 Nov 2020 11:47PM
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