"Zion's human history started almost 12,000 years ago, when Native Americans tracked mammoth, giant sloth, and camel across southern Utah. Due to climate change and overhunting, these animals died out about 8,000 years ago. Humans adapted by focusing on mid-sized animals and gathered foods. Then as resources dwindled 2,600 years ago, people tuned lifeways to the specifics of place. Such a culture, centered on Zion's resources, and differentiated over the next 1,500 years into a farming tradition archeologists call 'Virgin Anasazi'.
Zion's geology provided the Virgin Anasazi and later pioneer farmers a combination rare in the desert: a wide, level place to grow food, a river to water it, and an adequate growing season. On the Colorado Plateau crops grow best between 5,000 and 7,000 feet, making Zion's elevations - 3,666 to 8,726 feet almost ideal. Differences in elevation also encourage diverse plants and animals; mule deer and turkey wander forested plateaus; bighorn sheep and juniper prosper in canyons. And now California Giant Condor after being raised in protected habitats and then released in nearby Vermillion Cliffs, soar and glide over the landscape.
The Anasazi moved away 800 years ago, due probably to drought and overuse. Soon after, Paiute peoples brought a lifeway fine-tuned to desert seasons and thrived. In the 1860s, just after settlement by Mormon pioneers, John Wesley Powell visited Zion on the first scientific exploration of southern Utah. By hard work and faith, pioneers endured in a landscape that hardly warranted such persistence. Flash floods destroyed towns and drought burned the crops. The will to survive saw Paiute, Anasazi, and European descendants through great difficulties. Perhaps today Zion is again a sanctuary, a place of life and hope."
---- reference: www.nps.gov/zion
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Oceania (4082) 2014-02-24 7:52
It's another beautiful picture from Zion NP. Green, yellow, and even red...these colorful trees really enhanced the enjoyment to the picture. I've never been to this national park. If I decide to visit, I will choose this time of the year. The fall foliage is so attractive.
jurek1951 (40207) 2014-02-24 10:49
a splendid view with spectacular composition and beautiful details, the colours and lights are amazing,
Noel_Byrne (17175) 2014-02-24 11:28
A fascinating note that tells the tale of this place, nature will always endure, man is fleeting. It is such a beautiful place, the colors so vibrant, and especially against the burned tones of the desert land, which I am not at all used to seeing.
I cannot help when I read your note to see that the yellow tree on the left so much has the form of a character leaning into the frame, hands up to ears waggling with the tongue out going NAH NAH NAH!! That's probably just me though :)
Kamilutka (6631) 2014-02-24 15:27
beautiful spot with everything to delight eyes of tired walker. The creek is quite small but placed in lovely environment and the autumn colors highlight its beauty.
The mountain towering above adds some majesty to the landscape while the trees bring loads of life and cheerful tones.
Good POV and nicely organized composition.
Thanks for sharing
batalay (34109) 2014-02-24 18:42
Your series from Zion, augmented by informative notes has been a gift for the Trekearth Community. In this photo the gold and red vegetation provides wonderful color highlights to an otherwise monochromatic scene.
jemaflor (77476) 2014-02-24 23:08
very beautiful landscape, the good seasonto take photo in this place to have these fall colors, great result, tfs.
emka (68576) 2014-02-24 23:56
marvelous autumn colours in Zion. I like this delicate composition very much. Looks like a painting.
Warm regrads MAlgo
delpeoples (50651) 2014-02-25 5:55
I do believe this is your 1000th photo on TE! Congratulations Rayster, and what a great photo to celebrate that milestone with. Stunning colours and equally breath-taking landscape have been combined skilfully by our dear Photographer. I love those golden trees and how they contrast against the earth tones of the hills. Wonderful shot, love the vertical frame too.
saxo042 (35798) 2014-02-25 6:53
Beautiful autumnal colours. A well composed picture with the clear diagonal line along the leaning tree and the mountain slope.
COSTANTINO (47662) 2014-02-25 8:06
delicate and beautiful autumn colors very
wellcomposed like the palette of a painter
your notes are very useful about
Zion s human history which started
almost 12000 years ago
its such a beautiful place with
such vibrant colors
have a nice evenin
Wahclellaspirit (3945) 2014-02-26 15:22
Striking colors of Fall...