"Make gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and render the Earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with pleasure, and angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations"
--- Brigham Young leader of the Later-Day Saints Church (Mormons)
In the 1870s, Mormon settlers moved into Utah's high valleys, including Fruita which today is part of the Capitol Reef National Park. The Fruita settlers recognized the abundance and accessibility of water and heat reflecting off canyon walls to the soil. In 1880, the first orchards of apples, peaches, pears, plums, walnut and almond trees were planted.
Today Capitol Reef visitors may pick fruit for a fee at Fruita.
In this image is an early harvester wagon.
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saxo042 (37794) 2014-03-26 9:03
Beautiful autumnal colours! The wagon adds an interesting part of the picture and the note is also very interesting. A good picture from the "Wild West".
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-03-26 22:11
Lovely shot in the Utah's high valleys surroundings.The early harvester wagon is still in use and gels with the scene.Very well captured in strong daylights.TFS.
emka (95161) 2014-03-26 23:31
Nice shot from fruita. Attractive old wagon and only a pity there is no big ear deer here. Charming autumn colours. Lovely shot.
Warm regrads MAlgo
Miguel82 (27674) 2014-03-27 19:13
Ray, I can feel a western atmosphere there, an old cart in the frame, fine autumn hues, a dry landscape burnt by the sun and the lack of water..
annjackman (21813) 2014-04-01 3:01
We drove to Fruita in 2010 on our Utah trip the same time of the year as you. I was impressed then with the colour of the trees then and it is nice to see them in your picture. Your note is very informative to accompany this lovely view of an unusual place.
Kind Regards, Ann