"There is an eloquence to their forms which stirs the imagination with a singular power and kindles in the mind, a glowing response. Nothing can exceed the wondrous beauty of Zion, in the nobility and beauty of Nature's sculptures there is no comparison."
When geologist Clarence E. Dutton wrote that description in 1880, southern Utah was a wild, rugged country of little-known canyons and plateaus. Slowly, scientific reports, magazine articles, and photographs spread the word that deep within this remote territory lay the scenic phenomenon of Zion.
A government report about Zion's unusual landscape was presented to President William Howard Taft, who soon thereafter, made it "Mukuntuweap" National Monument, a Paiute indian word meaning "straight canyon". In 1918 the locally unpopular name was changed to Zion, and in 1919 Zion was converted from a National Monument to a National Park.
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Noel_Byrne (25314) 2014-02-27 11:40
The colors are like from another world to me. I am used to green trees and grey mountains, you have yellow trees and red mountains. Beautiful image, and again I love the name of the image and the rock. Epic looking place, and again a great sense of scale.
All the best
federico (2716) 2014-02-27 15:45
this picture in my opinion is even better then yestarday one
I like especially the contrast between the trees and the rocks in the background
very well done
Alco (7002) 2014-02-27 21:58
Wonderful fall picture. The colors of the rocks and the colors of the trees are gorgeous. I have a feeling that we are on another planet. Very well done.TFS.
Have a nice day.
emka (80972) 2014-02-27 23:57
Hello Ray, Fantastic colours of Zion in autumn. Nice view of the orchard on the stream in amazing yellow. Have you seen there these funny mule deer, with their big ears? There were many of them and with no fear of people.
Have a nice day
bona (13043) 2014-02-28 15:53
Always I read the name zyon I remember the Matrix movies. This is a very pretty place. Like the many trees. The river and the mountain complete the magestic scape.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-01 3:30
I enjoy your mountain series a lot. Every picture shows very pretty place and this one has practically everything to make lovely composition. The narrow stream runs smartly through the corner and leads an eye further while the warm color trees create pretty foreground. The mountains in the background contrast with the scene with its darker colors.
Very lovely image!
Silvio1953 (124729) 2014-03-01 9:58
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic place, superb landscape, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio