Zion's Temples of Nature are first accessed by roads then hiking trails reveal them in leisurely details.
The main roads are: Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, Kolob Canyons Road, Knob Terrace Road, and the major one - Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. A shuttle bus now serves the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, to reduce individual auto traffic.
This image is near the entrance to the Scenic Drive, the Park's centerpiece. The surrounding cliff walls are contrasted by the Virgin River meandering through the canyon. Fremont cottonwoods, willows, and velvet ashes along its banks provide shady picnic spots or excellent paths to stroll. Early morning and at sunset are best times to search for photographic opportunities, and best for observing animals. Birds and Muledeer seek refuge from heat within the tree canopies. Higher up among the rock refuges are the ringtail cats, bobcats, foxes, rock squirrels, and cottontails.
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npecanhuk (65530) 2014-01-11 7:19
That's certainly a magnificent place!
That's a beautiful picture too!
Colors, exposure and composition are highlights here!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
dta (66620) 2014-01-11 7:51
Hello Ray ,
This is really a gorgeous landscape . Superb view of the canyon with an attractive lighting , fine saturated colors , and superb contrasts .
jemaflor (84733) 2014-01-11 8:45
great landscape well taken, very good effect with the contrast of colors and also with the contrast between trees and mineral cliffs, tfs.
Noel_Byrne (24277) 2014-01-11 9:05
Wow on this, the depth you have here is really something special, and the colors from green through red to blue are amazing. This looks like the ancient world, (I mean pre historic ancient) and I would not be at all surprised to see some sort of giant Pterosaur flying through this sky. Love the effects of the list on the distant cliffs.
All the best
marina7 (8055) 2014-01-11 11:15
it is scenic, no doubt! Very vivid colors and a bit blurred shapes make it look like a watercolor. Really nice effect indeed. Love the view and the mood.
emka (78958) 2014-01-11 23:53
Hi Ray, another beautiful view from Zion. Nice colours in this painting-like picture.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jcpix (13658) 2014-01-12 19:25
Wow, is there a road through this place that isn't scenic...what a marvelous and inspiring landscape! I like how you've put this one together, using the greenery as a foreground base and then layering it upwards with rustic colors to meet the blue sky. A strong sense of depth too with this composition, it looks to go wayyy back there! Temples of nature indeed, and a nice manner in which to showcase them. Rack up another beauty!:) Enjoy the new week.
saxo042 (37564) 2014-01-13 8:55
A very beautiful landscape and a very attractive colour combination with the blue sky, the red rocks and the light green trees. Indeed a marvellous view!