Waking up the Watchman

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We just spent a wonderful weekend at Zion. For those who've never been there in the off-season, it's quite a different experience to the mobs of people in the summer. Many of the shops and restaurants in the neighboring town of Springdale are closed for the season. You can drive your own vehicle through the shuttle loop, which opens up many photo opportunities that would otherwise be less accessible. This is a view of The Watchman from the bridge over the Virgin River. A common view that I've seen countless times, but there was something special about this particular morning. The clouds finally broke off in the distance to cast some crisp sidelight on The Watchman. What caught my eye beyond all else, however, was the turquoise color of the water. Never have I see the river take on this color. You don't often see Zion in winter, especially during a mild winter with little to no snow, but there is a stark beauty here. 20 minutes later, the clouds filled the sky once more and greyed everything out. Timing is everything, truly.