The most popular hiking trail in Zion National Park is the Emerald Pools Trail, starting across from the Zion Lodge and crossing the Upper Virgin River by a wood foot bridge. The trail meanders upwards along cliff edges. The Lower Pool is only half a mile away, the Middle Pool one mile, and the Upper Pool one and a half miles requiring a 350 foot elevation gain.
This image is of the Middle Emerald Pool where shallow streams cross the trail before spilling over the lip of a cliff. The Middle Pools are created by Behunin Canyon watershed, one of Zion's driest canyoneering routes, and the Heaps Canyon watershed one of the most difficult canyoneering routes.
The center view here is Red Arch Mountain. Next door is Lady Mountain which has one of the first original trails. And looking north, it is possible to glimpse Mount Majestic and Cathedral Mountain.
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eldancer1 (36343) 2014-04-10 7:35
Wow! I guess I totally miss this one, great incentive to go back to Zion. Awesome capture of this pool and the reflection. Good lighting and sharp details. Love the colors. Well done, tfs.
williewhistler (16390) 2014-04-10 8:53
for an image that is now 30 years old this is truly spectacular,the upright format works ever so well whilst the vibrant colours are breath taking.
It`s easy to see why this area is such a tourist draw.
All the best Les.
rbassin (22651) 2014-04-10 9:11
une photo avec de très bons reflets, la lumière et les couleurs sont superbes.
kato (11630) 2014-04-10 9:31
You're capturing well this dpectacle by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the color contrast of canyon and the Emerald Pools located to hiking trail in Zion National Park. And, the reflection of canyon projected to the pool draws out a good impact.
Noel_Byrne (30487) 2014-04-10 13:13
In its own right, these mountains are a beautiful scene, the majestic glory of nature shown perfectly, but like everyone I think, I am a sucker for a great reflection. This is a beauty of a sight to have reflected in this mirror like surface. I particularly love the deep deep blue of the sky in the reflection.
m (0) 2014-04-10 13:32
lovely place and picture. The bright blue of the stream is so eye-catching. Beautiful reflection and colors, fine weather!
Thanks and best wishes!
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-10 17:34
Good morning Ray, what a way to start the day. This shot really captures my attention as it has all the things I love. The reflections and sharpness are truly superb. I love the colour contrast of the almost iridescent blue with the patch of bright yellow adjacent to it.
Say no more...superb
serp2000 (43800) 2014-04-10 22:29
First time I am writing to you from min. distance from your home town. I also have see this is your 999th photo from the US. Well, I think, you have got good reason for champagne after your next post! Last days I have contemplate the North American nature. But this photo reminds me more Arizona's landscape than Yosemite NP where I've been yesterday.
Greetings from Oakland!
Silvio1953 (140815) 2014-04-11 8:41
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic place, fascinating reflections, well saturated colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
delpeoples (57278) 2014-04-12 5:18
Wowee this is a cracker. It's difficult to know where reality stops and fantasy starts here. It looks like one of those infinity pools. Love the vertical frame and the rich blue tones. Fantastic shot, have a fantastic day.
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-04-14 6:30
beautiful mountain reflects in the water in your picture and the surface is so smooth that it creates mirror like effect. That enriches the composition and makes it more complex. Very pretty colors and great light. Well given sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
claudeD (38122) 2014-04-20 12:34
Very fine picture from Utah showing this wonderful view with an excellent composition and fine colors. I like the picture very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
ikeharel (69827) 2014-04-26 1:08
An amazing nature reflection we see here, Ray.
A POV that was chosen superbly, the blue sky above are much lighter than the bluee color when mirrored, a phenomenon that caught my eyes on first glimpse on the photo.
Impressive location, a heaven for photogrphers.
Enjoy your weekend,