“O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!”
The first paragraph of America the Beautiful says it all. We live in a country filled with awe inspiring National Parks. From Yosemite to Glacier National Park, there are so many beautiful sights to see all around this country. The common method of visiting these parks is the good old American road trip. I myself have embarked on a few of these very missions myself, and here are 3 of my favorite National Parks to photograph!
Yosemite National Park
Probably my all time favorite National Park, it was the very first National Park I visited when I was little. The beauty of Yosemite Valley is simply spectacular and being able to wake up and walk outside to the towering monoliths surrounding you on all sides. My favorite time to photograph Yosemite is during the winter right after a snowfall. When there is still snow clinging to the tree branches along the valley floor, you just get that extra bit of magic added to your image.
Zion National Park
Understandably named by Mormon settlers in the 1800’s, Zion National Park can truly be seen as a place God would create. Zion Canyon, carved out of the earth by the Virgin River, contains towering red Navajo Sandstone Monoliths that truly are majestic. One of it’s most notorious hikes is to the top of Angel’s Landing. A hike not for the faint of heart, the last half mile requires you to traverse narrow ledges with sheer, 1,000 foot drop offs. Despite this, the view that you get from the top is bar none. I have not yet attempted this hike, but plan on doing so in the future.
Grand Canyon National Park
Truly the grandest canyon in the country, the Grand Canyon holds a special kind of presence when visited. You have no idea of the grandeur you will witness as you drive up to the rim of this incredible landmark. Once you have parked your car and head to the rim of the canyon, you are immediately awestruck by the sheer enormity of the natural wonder. From the incredible colors of the different layers of rock to the craggy cliffs all created by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is definitely a place you should visit to photograph it’s incredibly beauty.
What’s your favorite national park that you’ve photographed? Comment below to let me know! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and get out there and keep on shooting.