"Cold Winter Morning"
January 2005, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
I shot this image using a 6x17 panorama camera. Four days earlier, I had left my home in Southern California when I saw the storm forecasts for Southwestern Utah. Unfortunately, when I got to Bryce Canyon (elevation 8000'), the storms ended up being far more severe than I had foreseen. I was essentially stuck in my motel room for three days due to the heavy snow. On day four I had decided to give up and return to California. On my way out of the park, a snowplow had just cleared a small roadside turnout, barely big enough for me to park my truck in. It had stopped snowing for a few minutes. A layer of dense fog slowly began to lift, revealing a row of trees standing on the edge of a large snow-covered meadow. The resulting image has become one of my favorites and most popular.