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Another grand geological landscape at Zion National Park on October 22

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© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 2, 2016 at 5:00 AM

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  1. The Great White Throne – an excellent view of it Steve. I was fascinated by the names in Zion so had to read all about how they got their biblical names. Travel definitely broadens the mind 🙂

    Heyjude

    December 2, 2016 at 6:31 AM

    • You’re good at this, Jude. You should hire on as a Zion tour guide. I had no recollection of this formation’s name, if I ever even knew it. Like you, I’m interested in the histories of things, but Zion was crowded and after we spent time waiting for the shuttle bus to go into Zion Canyon, most of my attention was on taking pictures rather than learning about the formations.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 2, 2016 at 7:18 AM

      • Ah, well that is another reason for visiting out of season as we could drive into the park. No shuttle buses required. I have a few posts on my Canyon trip on my travel blog if you are interested. https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/road-trips/

        Heyjude

        December 2, 2016 at 7:56 AM

        • An employee told us that not until after Thanksgiving (which is near the end of November) can private cars return to Zion Canyon, and even then not on weekends. Only in mid-December does the road fully open back up to private traffic.

          We’re virtual travel mates, having visited some of the same scenic places.

          Steve Schwartzman

          December 2, 2016 at 8:49 AM

  2. Oh, my. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this. Is there a steaming pool hidden away behind the red rocks, or is the appearance of fog in front of the white rock a trick of the light? Whatever, it’s compelling. I’ll bet you took a few photos in this spot.

    shoreacres

    December 2, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    • When I selected this picture last night I, too, couldn’t help noticing the slight haziness in front of the Great White Throne (as Jude said in the previous comment that it’s called). I doubt there’s a pool up there on the terrace but I don’t know. I don’t even remember whether I noticed the haziness at the time I took the photograph. In looking at it this morning, I conjectured that the wispy clouds add to the effect of haziness in front of the white rock. Regarding your last sentence, I see that I took five pictures of this scene, with slightly different framing and zooming. All five have the hazy effect.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 2, 2016 at 7:32 AM

  3. This is just stunning. The hazy effect really adds to the wonderful composition you have here.

    melissabluefineart

    December 2, 2016 at 8:42 AM

  4. Almost of biblical proportions!

    Gallivanta

    December 3, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    • That’s the way some of the early white settlers saw it. By whatever names its features are known, Zion is a majestic place. By coincidence, last night one of the public-television channels aired a show featuring video of Utah’s five national parks, beginning with Zion. We were excited to see some of the scenes again so soon. I recognized a riverside location as the very one where I’d spent time photographing the yellowing foliage of trees.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2016 at 7:39 AM

  5. Nice to see something a little different from Zion Park – a great sense of height here, Steve.

    LensScaper

    December 6, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    • I don’t remember seeing pictures of Zion before I went there, so for me everything was new and different. Since returning, I’ve seen what you mean, Andy: certain features of Zion get singled out on the Internet.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 6, 2016 at 8:18 AM

  6. Great shot Steve .. Looks massive!

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    December 6, 2016 at 11:21 AM

  7. Wow! Is this even real? It looks absolutely out of this world.
    Love how you composed it.

    Pablo Buitrago Ángel

    December 9, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    • Yes, it’s real, and a fabulous place to visit. A commenter who had visited Zion said the massive formation in the back is called the Great White Throne. With our limited time, I was too busy taking pictures to pay much attention to names.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 9, 2016 at 2:40 PM


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