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Zion: In the Canyon

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I think I enjoyed Zion more than any of the parks we've seen here in Utah.

Arches is amazing with its erosion-carved arches and mesas.

Canyonlands is vast and beautiful, and I liked the feeling of intimacy there in contrast to the Grand Canyon.

Capitol Reef shows off so many geological layers that I spent all my time there naming what I was seeing, becoming familiar with the strata ... it was a wonderful stop.

Escalante blows your mind ... driving along the top of a ridge in a motorhome is not for the faint of heart. (Bill did a great job, but had to look at my on-the-road photos later to see what it really looked like, since he had his eyes on the road!)

Bryce is unique in all the world, with its hoodoo cliffs, erosion slowly wearing away a vast plateau. At 8,000 feet, though, I must admit it was hard to enjoy the scenery. The air is far too thin for my sea-level-acclimated body to handle.

There's something about Zion, though. The canyon is deep, and it feels like the safest place in the world. Carved by the Virgin River, lined with cottonwood trees, filled with wildlife ... it's absolutely gorgeous. If I had to choose one of the parks to spend a week in, it would be Zion. (The canyon has the advantage of being at about 4,000 feet, which is SO much easier than 8,000!)

Bryce looks fussy to me. Too much detail. Zion has wide, sweeping surfaces where color and texture and shape are what you notice.

We're leaving Utah today, and will spend a couple of days in Arizona and then on to Colorado and Kansas.
April 17, 2013
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Apr 17, 2013 11:38:57 am
Wow! An absolutely wonderful place, excellent capture!

by Jean_C Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 12:02:47 pm
Nice shot Tara. From this view it almost looks like Devil's Tower.

by EJD64 Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 12:10:51 pm
I had NO idea there were so many different canyons..
Once again I learn something new here.
I do like this..some of those vast fews leave me uncomfortable.

by durleybeachbum Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 12:25:46 pm
Thank you for your descriptions, which is such interesting, and making me curious to see it I.R.L. too. Enjoy your time in this impressing and fantastic colored land, my friend!

by dochtersions Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 12:31:31 pm
Wonderful capture of this magnificent rock. There is a sense of anticipation as you approach through the trees. Once you get a full view its easy to be awestruck.

by wysiwig Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 12:43:34 pm
Very cool place. Sounds fun. Good capture and thanks for sharing.

by wolfenshire Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 1:23:16 pm
Just beautiful

by casmindo Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 1:51:34 pm
Gorgeous site. :))))) I loved reading the info you gave. :))))))) Most excellent capture. :)))) Thank you for sharing all of the beauty you see. :)))) Carry A Sunshine Smile In Your Heart :)))))))

by Isabelle711 Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 2:22:47 pm
WOW, it looks absolutely worth visiting. !! Wonderful capture, Tara !!

by helanker Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 2:27:34 pm
Must be up the road from Zion Lodge? I took a number of shots like this last year but 86ed them. I like this one much better. You got great dof!

by abreojos Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 2:32:51 pm
Obviously this is Zion. Well done.

by moochagoo Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 2:37:03 pm
Superb capture Tara.
God bless.

by kgb224 Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 3:00:05 pm
This reminds me of the mountain in Yosimity National Park.

by pimanjc Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 3:18:37 pm
A most beautiful capture Tara!

by bobrgallegos Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 3:22:27 pm
Beautiful capture

by Blush Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 3:51:04 pm
On my list... amazing place. Love the image!

by FredNunes Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 6:24:22 pm
Beautiful! very beautiful

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 8:28:37 pm
What an awesome trip and this is great shot.

by adorety Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 11:18:51 pm
There you go us your different perspective. Out with the iconic, in with the artistic. Love it. Well done hon:*

by bmac62 Homepage »

Apr 18, 2013 3:25:51 am

by Juliette.Gribnau Homepage »

Apr 18, 2013 7:54:43 pm
The shapes, as you've framed them here, are lovely; but it's that palette of colours that speaks to me here, light on the top with the rich greens and russets shading down darker at the bottom--something about it just feels RIGHT, if you know what I mean. Fantastic shot, as I have come to expect from you!

by MrsRatbag Homepage »

Apr 18, 2013 8:25:04 pm
MAN! This is just off the scale - what a spectacular capture, Tara! Wow, you two are getting to see some wonderful places!

If you want a real spine-tingling ride, take that motorhome through the Sawtooth range in Idaho.... We took that route in my dad's buick when I was a kid - scared hell out of all of us..

by RodS Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 2:36:13 am
I kind of figured you wouldn't get out until your cards were full!

by whaleman Homepage »

Apr 29, 2013 7:56:36 am
A stunning view you've caught Tara, I can see why you like it so much..

by debbielove Homepage »


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