Photography In The National Parks: Same Park, Same Scene, Different Seasons, Different Times

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A La Sal Mountains Viewpoint Morning, Arches National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.

Within each of the national parks I have visited, I have favorite spots which I always make sure to call on at least once. More often than not - depending upon the length of my stay - I return to that same spot numerous times. When comparing those images I’ve captured from a specific viewing point, I am always amazed at how different the same scene can appear simply by changing the season of the year, time of day, or type of weather condition during my visit.

Below are example images demonstrating those differences. Not many words with this article because I just want you to enjoy the views. Sometimes, one learns more by observing rather than reading.

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Afternoon at the La Sal Mountains Viewpoint, Arches National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.
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Morning at St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.
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Evening at St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.
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Overcast Afternoon at Wild Goose Island Viewpoint, St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.
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Sun and Clouds at Wild Goose Island Viewpoint, St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.
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December Sunset at The Window, Big Bend National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.
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April Sunset at The Window, Big Bend National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.
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The Chihuahuan Desert and Chisos Mountains in the Morning, Big Bend National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.
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The Chihuahuan Desert and Chisos Mountains on a December Afternoon, Big Bend National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.
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A Sunny Day at Park Avenue, Arches National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.
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Snow Day at Park Avenue, Arches National Park / Rebecca Latson photo.

Always make sure to have handy your polarizing filter and your graduated ND filter. These are two filters I am never without, and they serve me well no matter the weather, season, or time of day for your photography in a national park.

Comments

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Thank you, Rebecca.

Ok, that last sentence in the column should start with: "My polarizing and graduated ND filters are two filters I am never without...." Oops!

Not necessary, Rebecca. You already covered it in the previous sentence. Even my old beknighted English teacher, Augustus Hall Brunelle, would leave his red pencil in the drawer. Repeating those words would be, well, repititious.

Fine article. Fine photos.