A trail curves around a tree and along the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon in Utah. I love early morning hikes, especially in national parks. It often offers the best opportunities to enjoy the parks before all the people begin to come. Mornings offer the chance to enjoy the quiet of nature, but also on special mornings the sunrise creates spectacular light shows. This was taken as I was heading further down into the canyon just after the sun appeared over the horizon. At the top of the canyon it was cold and windy, but as I made my way down the wind died down and the light created some great photographic opportunities around the rock formations. If you take a trip to Bryce Canyon I highly recommend getting up early and heading down into the canyon. Get in a short hike and some pictures, then go enjoy a nice warm breakfast.
This is a time-lapse video of sunrise at the Grand Canyon that I set up while I was on one of my photography trips this summer. My first attempt at using my GoPro for something like this.
Sunrise on an early morning shoot at Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee. This is one of my favorite places to shoot, especially in the late winter and early spring. I went down this weekend to photograph one of the nesting pairs of Bald Eagles, unfortunately, they were not very active around the nest. I go early because I always want to try to catch the sunrise and sometimes I get lucky to capture the fog lifting from the battlefield. The National Military Parks serve as great reminders of the past, but they also serve as places of conservation. When you visit, listen to the voices of the past and captivate yourself in the here and now.