Early in the morning on our second day at Zion NP a cold front, high winds and rain swept through the area. The winds actually woke us up, even though it was still only about 5:00 AM. By breakfast time, the rain had long since ended and the winds were rapidly diminishing. But the clouds and cooler temperatures remained. There would be no sunrise pictures on that day (although I haven’t actually done any of those in quite some time – how many can you take in a lifetime?).
But as we headed out to eat, a few of the clouds parted just long enough to let a little “storm light” shine on some of the western cliffs. Since I always have my camera handy on these trips, I really had no choice. As luck would have it, there was also this fine, slightly bent bare tree in the foreground with its top pointed straight at a small, circular cloud pattern in the sky.
A nice image, if I do say so myself. And it required almost no effort. No hiking, no climbing, no searching. It was just there.