Going back to some very old images, this is my December 2004 Photo Of The Month. A Winter Checkerboard was made with what would be considered a very antiquated digital camera. This image was taken with my good friend James Arriola on New Year’s Eve on a quick trip to Zion National Park.
A Winter Checkerboard Background
This was an enjoyable trip because it is rare to see Zion National Park during a snowstorm that is still open to vehicular traffic. This may not be a true portfolio piece, but it was one step along the journey in developing my love for photography.
My good friend James Arriola and I traveled to visit near the New Year. The “off season” in Zion National Park is great because the entire canyon is open to vehicles. That being said, I have always had a special place in my hard for East Zion. The side canyons are great, and I have always loved Checkerboard Mesa, not far from the East Gate.
I have only been in Zion National Park with snow a couple times, but each time I wanted to get over to Checkerboard. This is the first image I have made with it.
This is an old image. I backdated this post specifically so I could show my personal progress as a photographer over the years.
As always, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the image.
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T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.