The girls in the Photography Club at Diamond Ranch Academy had the opportunity to go off campus for an educational and recreational benefit. The DRA girls commenced their activity by going to the Michael Fatali photo exhibit in Springdale, Utah.
Fatali takes a lot of photographs in Zion National Park. According to his website, fatali.com, “I continue to seek and innovate new tools that can bring us all closer to the spirit of nature. My latest acquisition is using the power of motion pictures to create an experience that can lift the spirit and inspire us to another level.” The girls from Diamond Ranch really enjoyed seeing the incredible, high-quality photos.
After visiting the gallery, the Diamond Ranch Academy female students went on the Canyon Overlook Hike. The Canyon Overlook Trail is one of the classic hikes in Zion National Park. It begins with charming steps, carved into sandstone, that climb above the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The winding trail travels along Pine Creek Canyon. The Canyon Overlook Hike ends at the edge of a cliff that allows an amazing view of lower Zion Canyon, including Zion’s famous Switchbacks. Beautiful wild flowers line the trail’s path that make it fun as well. When they got to the top, the view was phenomenal.
The DRA girls took several pictures as they hiked, trying to capture similar elements and techniques as those they saw in the work of Fatali.
On the way back to Diamond Ranch Academy, they stopped at Zion Rock Shop and looked at some of the incredible rocks from Zion. Sasha mentioned that this was her favorite benefit, and Taylor said it was bittersweet because it was the last benefit she will attend before transitioning home.