In this view is one of Zion Canyon's Emerald Pools. In early November the trees at higher elevations were already leafless unlike the colorful leaf ones at lower elevations.
Zion and the surrounding Grand Staircase area's geology 200 million year's ago was a great desert basin. Over vast spans of time, mountains eroded and material was transported by slow moving streams and rivers depositing sand in a vast basin. Conditions and the environment changed as time passed and sea water covered dunes of sand making hard sandstone. The seabed turned to limestone and mud and clay changed to mudstone and shale, forming the sweeping diagonal cross-bedding that Zion is famous for.
The basin lowered due to the weight of the deposits and more time passed as the earth shifted and forced the plateau up, slowly and irregularly and the sea drained away. Streams flowed over the edge of the plateau empowering debris to move at a great rate. The process carved Zion Canyon forcing vertical retreat of canyon walls. Today the North Fork of the Virgin River continues to move debris and erode the canyon, shaping and sculpturing its landmarks.
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ACL1978 (7469) 2014-03-01 7:20
Hello Ray - nice, amost abstract shot of one of Zion's rock faces and its reflection. The color is beautiful and the reflection creates an impressionistic version that is striking. Thanks, for the shot and the informative note!
Noel_Byrne (24828) 2014-03-01 8:31
I agree with Andrew, this makes a beautiful abstract, and when not in macro, that's not easy to do in nature. The razor sharp reflection is wonderful, and the tones through the rocks is brilliant to see. The jutting rock to the left creates a great shadow to give life and shape to the whole scene, perfectly balanced by the spooky tree on the right. Very nice capture,
delpeoples (53161) 2014-03-01 22:41
Love the tight framing here, it accentuates the textures and reflections and the colours are so lovely and natural. What an amazing golden light you've captured here so well. Excellent shot, thanks for sharing.
jurek1951 (42156) 2014-03-02 0:17
great impression with spctacular composition and superb details, the reflections are very effective,
jhm (139938) 2014-03-02 3:48
The rocks colours are pleasant but also the reflections.
A very well composition, excellent presentation nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
ikeharel (58063) 2014-03-02 7:18
Perfect reflection collected, Ray.
Good clarity and favorable light condition, with a super POV on.
The shaded area on left part, created an imaginary "aligator jaws" ready to devour a small creature...
This park has an endless surprising POV, a heavn for photographers, Cheers.
ktanska (24892) 2014-03-02 8:08
Your tight framing gives almost abstract appearance to this! Really a beautiful place. I wonder about the darker patch on top and reflection on the bottom. Maybe they could be cropped off, or alternatively show more of it. Now it just sort of wakes up curiosity without providing answer.
siudzi (33923) 2014-03-02 9:47
Like this capture based on the mirror effect which gave a truly eye-catching result of this presentation. Warm tonality of the scene made it more eye-catching and attractive. Well done!
eldancer1 (28451) 2014-03-03 14:07
I guess I miss this pool! Good capture of the reflection on the water. The tree gives it some scale and perspective. Good details with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
There are a couple of air shows in your area that would be interesting especially the one Yuba City on June 6 & 8, I wonder if you can catch a U-2 from Beale. The show in Travis on May 3 & 4 should be a big one.
elenimavrandoni (14249) 2014-03-05 10:26
Ray, what a beautiful reflection at the Zion Canyon where is always a challenge to take a picture the way the light and colors are changing by the minute!!
very nice natural perspective and a great note!!
thanks for visiting and yes, on my last post the Pier at Imperial Beach is all timber...