Jason's Corner
Zion National Park, UT
Copyright 2001-2019 by Michael L. Anderson

date found:
October 2001
Rapid Omega 6 x 7
Fujichrome Velvia
recommended enlargement size:
16 x 20 inches

The water was freezing, or so it seemed. At first I couldn't put my feet in the water for more than a few seconds without having to take them out and do a little dance to warm them up. Then slowly, ever so slowly, I became used to the water, which was good because I had to wade in about hip-deep to get to Jason's Corner, about an hour's travel from trail's end up the Virgin River Narrows. This spot was only one of so many beautiful bends, nooks, and enclaves along the winding Narrows, and it's well worth braving the freezing water. (The water isn't always so cold, but it is safer in autumn and winter than in the summer, when the narrows are particularly prone to flash flooding.)

I also took a frame nearly identical to this one, except there is slightly more of the rock to the left and a person in the center, wading in the river. She appears tiny compared to the size of the river bend, giving a much-needed sense of scale to the photo.