United States - Southwest - Jeff Henry Photography
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I wish I could say this was a planned image. Alas, that would be far from the truth.

It had snowed the day before, and had been snowing when I woke up that morning. So, instead of getting up for sunrise, I went back to sleep. A few hours later, the snow had concluded, the clouds had parted, and the sun was streaming down into Bryce Canyon National Park.

I ventured into the Park, ready to brave the subzero temperatures. At Sunset Point, with the wind blowing around the Amphitheater rim, I set up my tripod and captured this image. The snow was being blown by the gusty wind, the hoodoo was painted in a warm glow by the low sun, and entire scene seemed almost to be out of a fairy tale.

It wasn’t planned, it wasn’t expected. But, it turned out beautifully. Sometimes that’s just how things work out.

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