During the first week, with the first of the two groups, the weather took an unexpected turn for this time of year. Where it is usually quite dry and clear, mother nature turned on the cloud factory, making getting a clear look at the night sky quite challenging. But, this was certainly not the end of the world, as we were geared up and in one of the most beautiful desert landscapes in the world. As one does when the weather throws you a curve ball, you choke up, adjust your approach, and adapt your swing. So, for the first few days out with group one, we adapted our approach from heading out at 2 a.m. to shoot the Milky Way to chasing sunrises and sunsets, shooting scenarios in which clouds are all but necessary for a stunning photo. And we did make use of those clouds, as dramatic atmosphere and cloud bursts raced through our frames. We were also able to add in some great hikes to make up for the hiding stars. My favorite was Canyon Overlook in Zion National Park for sunrise one morning. Starting the hike in the dark early morning hours, we made the ascent with head torches lighting our way. By the time we were halfway up, the lights were no longer necessary, and when we reached the overlook, rays of the rising sun were punching through holes in the swirling clouds, creating some truly dramatic lighting against Zion’s red rock walls.