The National Parks #38: Zion, Utah
Alright, I’ve been putting this off for a while, but here is the last entry in my National Parks series. This is Zion, which I’ve visited in summer and winter. Each season changes the canyon considerably. Trading white for green really alters your perception of the orange and red rocks. Zion is like a smaller, less crowded, and more colorful Yosemite. I actually prefer it to Yosemite, but that’s just me.
There are still 22 places left to photograph and add here… it’s just a matter of time.
My photography Kickstarter project “UNDISCOVERED AMERICA” will be launching on Thursday, MAY 1ST. Around that date I’ll be begging each of you to tell your friends, families, co-workers, rich acquaintances, enemies, imaginary friends, whatever… so I can make this project a success!
If anyone knows any journalists, bloggers, conservationists, companies, outdoorsy people, or just really loud aunts that would be interested in helping me get the word out I would really appreciate it!
At the very least you could tell people about it so you can all see my introverted-self trying to ask people for support. Isn’t that worth your time alone? THANKS!
The National Parks #37: Yosemite, California
I haven’t spent as much time in this park as I’d like to, so the photography isn’t anything special. It’s just as good as I could photograph all the places that everyone photographs. Even with the level of cliche in these images, I’m very happy to have seen this park in person. Now I just need to go back.
The National Parks #36: Yellowstone, Wyoming/Montana/Idaho
As we wind down this alphabetical photo-story of my visits to the National Parks with the final three, we’ve finally reached the most iconic. Yellowstone was the worlds first National Park. It’s also the most unique. The array of incredible landscapes in this one park is astounding. Just from the photos above you can see geysers, canyons, lakes, colorful pools, wildlife, forests, terraces,thermal features, plains, mountains, and waterfalls. This is just the start of the variety this place has to offer visitors (and photographers).
To see more of my photos from Yellowstone National Park go here: http://zackfrankphotography.com/yellowstone
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The National Parks #35: Wind Cave, South Dakota
Another underrated park in the Dakotas, Wind Cave is probably the National Park that you’re most likely to see wildlife. This is also one of the smallest National Parks but the animals and scenery are abundant. Prairie, hills, forest and red desert can be enjoyed above ground, then the calcite formations called ‘boxwork’ will fascinate you below. When visiting nearby Badlands or Mount Rushmore it would be a mistake to skip this park. I’m pretty happy with these photos, because it’s not easy to photography caves or plains.
The National Parks #34: Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota
I bet you don’t know that North Dakota has a National Park. We’ll, it’s awesome. The park carries the name of my favorite President because this is where he fled with grief after his mother and his wife died ON THE SAME DAY! He became a rancher, hunter and all-around badass outdoorsman, then he reemerged into society as a visionary leader who helped kick-off the conservation movement. These colorful badlands and sweeping grasslands dominate the scenery of western North Dakota and it’s a good thing they’ve been protected as the rest of the state has become an oil field.
The National Parks #33: Shenandoah, Virginia
This is the closest National Park to where I live now and it is one of the most underrated parks. Like Great Smoky Mountains, this park protects a special section of the Appalachian Moutains. The colors here rival the southwest (when you know what you’re doing) and the overlooks are incredible. Once again, I consider these photos comparable to anyones. Photographing the eastern National Parks is hard, but a lot of fun for me.
When you’re waiting around on a fully lit stage.
The National Parks #32: Saguaro, Arizona
Believe it or not, Saguaro National Park is more than just cacti. There are also petroglyphs, mountains and a variety of other plant-life. There are two sections to the park, each located on different sides of Tucson, Arizona.
Curating My Travels #40: Kinzua Bridge State Park
I’ve lived in quite a few states at this point, but northwest Pennsylvania is still where I consider “home”. I was very outdoorsy growing up and I frequented the Allegheny National Forest, Presque Isle SP, Chapman SP, Cook Forest SP and of course Kinzua Bridge SP. These photos are from three separate trips to the park, in three different seasons (still need autumn). The 301 foot high bridge once carried trains and tourists, but was hit by a tornado in 2003, splitting the trestle in half.