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During a trip to Zion national park I was looking for a subject slightly off the beaten path and this beautiful waterfall and log ladder is just what I had in mind.

In the days leading up to my visit a storm moved through southern Utah and brought with it a good amount of snow (which made the hike a great deal more difficult) and extremely cold water. I arrived to the trailhead early and was greeted by 6 inches of snow covering the ground, as I put on my river shoes I knew I was in for a very cold morning. Under normal conditions the trail is considered moderately strenuous but the addition of fresh snow increased the challenge a bit but also increased the beauty.

The slot canyon the falls is hidden in is small but beautiful with a few wonderful image opportunities depending on the time of year. As I made my way deeper in the the canyon my feet and hands grew numb by the cold and I wondered if I could continue in the icy cold water. Suddenly after a final turn the falls were upon me, beautiful and elegant the falls drop about 10 to 12 feet into a small pool before continuing down the creek. What really makes the scene so lovely though is the rugged but well maintained log ladder that helps the more adventurous continue their journey deeper into the slot.

I struggled to unpack and setup my gear as my fingers were now completely numb and painful. As I looked for a composition I knew I wanted to get low in order to show both the foreground water and the length of the ladder. After experimenting with a number of different variations I finally settled on this composition as my favorite.

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