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Zion national park pictures in Summer

I have been to the Zion national park many times(6 times approximately) and still believe is one the best weekend getaway for Utahns. It takes me less than 5 hours to drive to Zion national park and great drive. A few details on the national park :

“A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft (1,117 m) at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft (2,660 m) at Horse Ranch Mountain. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park’s unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park’s four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches.”

Please find some pictures of Zion national park taken in Summer 2011. Enjoy. (Please click on them to view the larger version of the shot)


Zion national park pictures
Zion national park posters

Zion national park photography

In my opinion the best time to visit Zion is May, June, and July. Here are a few tips when travelling to Zion :

Sharp changes in weather occur within the Zion National park due to the rugged topography and range of elevations. Seasonal snowfall averages 13 feet but much heavier snows accumulate in high mountain areas above Zion. Summer days are hot, but mountain breezes keep evenings cool especially in lower elevation areas. Visitors should be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions at Zion National Park. Temperatures vary with changes in elevation, and day/night temperatures may differ by over 30° F. Fall days are usually clear and mild; nights are often cool. Autumn color displays begin in September in the high country (Cedar Breaks, Lava Point). Colors in Utah’s Zion Canyon usually peak in late October. Winters in Zion Canyon are fairly mild. Winter storms often bring rain or light snow to Zion Canyon, but heavier snow to the higher elevations. Clear days may become quite warm reaching 60° F or higher; nights are often in the mid 20’s and 30’s. Winter storms often last several days and cause roads to be icy. Zion roads are plowed, except Kolob Terrace road (to Lava Point), which closes in winter. Travelers should be prepared for winter driving conditions from Nov through Mar.


Zion national park pics
Zion national park picture

Zion national park poster

Red butte gardens flower pictures

I always wanted to take pictures of flowers but there was always a misconception that you need a good macro lens to capture vibrant shots.It’s not that I don’t want to own a macro lens , but never thought of trying out capturing macro shots with my existing collection of lens.I decided to take my wife to the red butte gardens in salt lake city and try my luck in flower photography.I used mt canon 70-200mm f2.8 lens hooked to the tripod. Set the camera in macro mode (I don’t know why I never tried this mode before). To my surprise the new canon 60D comes with more settings when you set the camera in macro mode. I will be writing another blog post on ‘ How to shoot macro pictures in canon 60D’ soon and you can try experimenting with your camera.

So here are some of the pictures I shot with Canon 60D and the canon 70-200mm telephoto lens . Please add your valuable comments for the pictures posted here.


red butte gardens photos

red butte gardens pictures

red butte gardens concerts

A little bit about the red butte gardens
“Red Butte Garden, a part of the University of Utah, is a non-profit organization located in Salt Lake City, Utah. With over 100 acres including display and natural gardens, walking paths and natural areas with hiking trails, Red Butte Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West that tests, displays, and interprets regional horticulture.”


red butte gardens photography

red butte gardens pictures

red butte gardens picture

red butte gardens

red butte gardens pictures

Get more information on Utah red butte gardens wiki page .

utah temple square christmas lights

Christmas lights at the temple square , Salt lake city Utah is always amazing. Every year The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrates Christmas by decorating temple square with an amazing lighted display. The lights are first lit the Friday following Thanksgiving and Christmas on temple square begins. I missed taking pictures last year as I was in India for my engagement and this time I made my mind that will visit the temple square with my wife to show her the marvelous Christmas lights.This is the Christmas card I designed for my friends and family using one of the pictures I took at the temple square.

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

If you have never seen the lights at the temple Square in Utah , here are some of the pictures taken this 2010 Christmas.Please click on the image to view the wallpaper version of the picture.
Enjoy the photos and I hope you had a great Christmas and all set for a new year 2011.

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

Temple Square christmas lights pictures

If you are interested in buying any of the pictures showcased here , Please buy it from my print store Temple Square Print Store

photo stitches panoramic pictures

I have been taking lots of panorama pictures for sometime now and decided that I will showcase the stitches together in one blog post . These are the stitches taken at my recent trip to yellowstone National park and New York City (the Brooklyn bridge) . For my readers who are very new to Photo stitching or panorama photography , here is the definition for Panorama photography (From Wiki ) –
“Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. The term has also been applied to a photograph that is cropped to a relatively wide aspect ratio. While there is no formal division between “wide-angle” and “panoramic” photography, “wide angle” normally refers to a type of lens, but this lens type does not necessarily image a panorama. An image made with an ultra wide angle fisheye lens covering the normal film frame of 1:1.33 is not automatically considered to be a panorama. An image showing a field of view approximating, or greater than, that of the human eye – about 160° by 75° – may be termed panoramic.”

Feel free to click on the pictures to get the wallpaper versions for your desktop .Enjoy .

panorama pictures of brooklyn yellowstone national park

panorama pictures of brooklyn yellowstone national park

panorama pictures of brooklyn yellowstone national park

panorama pictures of brooklyn yellowstone national park

panorama pictures of brooklyn yellowstone national park

Tutorial – Tips & Tricks
I have included some detailed description on “how to make panorama pictures” . Please use the appropriate link with respect to the software you want to use .

There are two software tools that you can use to create a panorama picture:
1.) Using Canon Photo stitch tool (Usually comes in CD when you buy a canon SLR)
2.) Panorama Photo-stitching using Photoshop CS+ .

Full moon pictures – Photo of the week

So its time for the ” Photo of the week ” . This was shot was taken at the antelope island in the great salt lake , Utah state . I was visiting the island for shooting some pictures of the wide range of birds found near the lake . On my way return , I saw that it was a Full moon that day and the sky was really clear . I took my 70-200mm lens and connected the 2X teleconvertor to it . That gave me a 400mm zoom shot .
Enjoy and add you comments .

Full moon pictures antelope island

Please feel free to download the wallpaper version – Full moon wallpaper