In the East Side of Zion National Park near the snowmelt waterfall area just past the small tunnel.
I took this shot this on Thursday, April 18th 2019. The day was warm and crystal clear. It was a much needed day off, as my mental health has been extra shot lately. I took the long way around to the east side of Zion. I stopped at River Rock for coffee and editing then headed east on SR-59 to 89 via the Coral Pink Sand Dunes backway. The east side is so beautifully quiet at the moment with the SR-9 switchback closure. Passing cars are more of a rarity, the wildlife are relaxed and more present throughout the washes and highlands, the silence is deafening.
I spent a brief moment maneuvering through a slot checking on spring bloom. It was nice to be able to juxtapose the winter landscape I know well with the spring color overtaking. I made my way out of the slot and came across a small group of bighorn. Two ewes and a lamb living their lives and munching on the spring vegetation. The road divided the lamb from the ewes, and the lamb sat atop a stack of sandstone. I opted for this composition due to the warm light backlighting the lamb. The yucca and sandstone elements encompassed the lamb, and created a lovely moment I can never forget. I’ve been thinking a lot about cycles with the changing seasons. Things change and return in some similar form for some similar interval of time, that’s obvious, but I’m just feeling it more than I thought it would. Nature’s changing, I’m slowly changing, but mentally I’m in a minor sway. Just slight back and forth movements, happy here, defeated there. I need something that invokes a true change in myself.
As I was writing this an incredible man who talked of his travels around the world and work with the peace corps approached me and said, “if you stay alive long enough, stuff will happen to you”. I thanked him for the stories, but I don’t think he’ll ever know how much I needed to hear those words right now.