Nature’s Art: Cedar Breaks National Monument Photography Field Course

Below is the description of a photography workshop at Cedar Breaks National Monument sponsored by the Zion Natural History Association (ZNHA) that I pasted in from their website. We signed up for the workshop in the spring so am not sure whether they still have any open slots but it’s worth a try if you are interested in learning how to better photograph wildflowers and landscapes. Michael Plyler is the Field Institute Director and is well-qualified to teach us how to better use our cameras.

ZNHA hosts several workshops throughout the year as well as daily walks/talks with visitors through the Field Institute. If you don’t yet have a love for nature it is probably because you lack the understanding of the systems at work. The field institute walks are a way to learn in “baby steps,” just little bits of one thing or another (e.g. why are there water birds in the desert? Oh THAT’S a wild turkey! Which animals do we not see in the daytime? etc.) Small groups, maybe even just you, get to talk to someone who really knows and understands the environment and ecosystem. It’s a lovely thing.

Plan a Summer Get Away at Cedar Breaks National Monument

Beat the Heat, See the Wildflowers, Take a Field Institute Course

Cedar Breaks WildflowersEvery summer Cedar Breaks is treated to a spectacular display of wildflowers. Early bloomers such as cushion phlox, kittentails, and aspen bluebells emerge in late June. Displays peak in mid July as countless other wildflowers bloom: scarlet paintbrushes, Colorado columbines, little sunflowers, elkweeds, and many more fill the forests and meadows with color.

Cedar Breaks celebrates this colorful show with an annual Wildflower Festival. This year the festival will be July 8st- July 22th. (Notice the date has changed due to late Spring conditions.) To read more about the festival click here.

The Zion Canyon Field Institute offers several extraordinary workshops in partnership with Cedar Breaks National Monument. The first offering is, Wildflower Photography at Cedar Breaks on July 8th, 2011. Next, Cedar Mountain Wildflowers on July 9th, 2011, is a tour of plant life on Cedar Mountain. Wildflower Journaling at Cedar Breaks on July 11, 2011 is great for everyone, even if you have no previous writing or drawing experience. All workshops have a limit to the number of participants so book early for what is sure to be a wonderful experience.

For more information or to register call Michael Plyler @ 435 772 3264 or click here for more information online. Michael can also be reached by email at


About Karmen

I'm just someone who loves this beautiful earth. I feel that human beings may be writing their own final chapter by the general disregard for the natural systems and unwillingness to adapt to the conditions of our own creation. I believe that God created this world and everything in it, both living and nonliving. I also believe that he expects us to treat it well, to treat it with the same love and respect as He had for it during the creation. The commandment was not only to "multiply" but also to "replenish the earth." We can do better.
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