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Driving up to the Kolob Reservoir

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Five years ago today we drove north on Kolob Terrace Road to the Kolob Reservoir just outside Utah’s Zion National Park. The placid scene shown above of pallid aspen trunks (Populus tremuloides) awaited us at the top. On the way up to the reservoir we’d stopped at the grove of trees shown below, where fire-darkened trunks and branches contrasted with colorful fall foliage.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 23, 2021 at 4:33 AM

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  1. The autumn colors and reflections are beautiful!


    October 23, 2021 at 8:09 AM

  2. Obviously, no one’s been swinging on these birches. The symmetry’s appealing, although I did enjoy seeing that lone pine (?) in the midst of the white trees. As for that sweet tangle of autumn color — I can almost hear the crunch of those leaves underfoot.


    October 23, 2021 at 8:47 AM

    • This reservoir sees a goodly number of visitors, so perhaps someone had swung on some of these trees. (I took them to be aspens, but what do I know?) As for the crunch, I think I did hear that as I tromped around taking pictures in the burned but now colorful grove.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2021 at 9:10 AM

      • Aspens aren’t a tree I ever think of, but now that you mention them, they sure could be.


        October 23, 2021 at 9:14 AM

        • Aspens and birches are both shown in that area on range maps, unfortunately for my limited identification ability.

          Steve Schwartzman

          October 23, 2021 at 9:21 AM

  3. Beautiful photos. Zion. It’s on my list of places to go.

    Alessandra Chaves

    October 23, 2021 at 8:49 AM

    • In the late 1990s we flew to Salt Lake City and rented a car. We ended up hitting four of Utah’s five national parks to varying degrees. That’s why when we were back in the state five years ago I made sure to go the one we’d missed, Zion. It’s quite a spectacular place, worthy of being on your list. Although October 23rd is well past what I think of as the peak tourist season, Zion was still mobbed. If you can go after Thanksgiving, so much the better.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2021 at 9:05 AM

  4. The tiny ripples create an amazing display of the trees’ reflections, Steve. The second photo could have been shot in our neck of the woods.

    Peter Klopp

    October 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    • Yes, it could’ve been your neck of the woods.
      The ripples in the first photograph especially appealed to me, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2021 at 11:06 AM

  5. Both of the photos are stunning—well captured, Steve.


    October 23, 2021 at 11:26 AM

  6. Could have passed for New England.

    Steve Gingold

    October 24, 2021 at 2:02 PM

    • It could. I think of Zion National Park as being “up north,” and yet when I looked at the map just now I found it’s at about the same latitude as Richmond, Virginia.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 24, 2021 at 4:15 PM

  7. Those autumn colours are stunning ….


    October 29, 2021 at 2:50 PM

  8. Nice shots! I like the color palette in the second.


    November 5, 2021 at 1:05 PM

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