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Zion National Park

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Two years ago today we reached Zion National Park in Utah.

Even late into the afternoon, with shadows already creeping up on the formations and the light fading, I kept taking pictures for as long as I could.

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October 22, 2018 at 8:12 AM

Not rain

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A well-known feature at Utah’s Zion National Park is Weeping Rock, where water seeps out of the upper part of a rocky overhang. When we visited the place last year on October 22nd I got behind the plane of the dripping water and looked outward through it. A slow shutter speed of 1/40 second let the falling drops leave bright trails that contrasted with the wispy clouds visible above the adjacent mountain.

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March 11, 2017 at 5:08 AM

Dark clouds over mesa

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On October 23rd of 2016, after I photographed red leaves among black trunks and leafless aspen trees and some other things, we drove back down Kolob Terrace Road to the town of Virgin and headed west on Utah Highway 9. Before long I stopped to photograph this mesa with dark clouds.

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March 8, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park landscape with clouds

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Southern Utah; October 23, 2016.

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February 13, 2017 at 4:50 AM

Deer drinking

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I’ve seen many deer, even in my yard in Austin, but not till October 22nd of last year in Zion National Park did I see a deer drinking. The water was the North Fork of the Virgin River.

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January 24, 2017 at 4:48 AM

Le rouge et le noir in Utah *

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On October 23rd of last year we followed Kolob Terrace Rd. northward in and out of the western side of Zion National Park. Eventually we got to the Kolob Reservoir and the grove of bare aspen trees you’ve already seen, but before then we stopped for the fall color shown here. While I didn’t pay attention to the dark trunks then, now they make me think a fire had passed through that area.

How different this is from the scenes of autumn in central Texas that you saw last time.

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* Le rouge et le noir, or The Red and the Black, is the title of a novel by Stendhal.

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January 10, 2017 at 4:59 AM

A rare milkweed

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At Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in southern Utah on October 23, 2016, I encountered the rare Welsh’s milkweed, Asclepias welshii.

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January 2, 2017 at 5:02 AM

Barely out of Kanab again

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The second and last morning (October 23rd) that we drove north from Kanab (Utah), we’d again barely gotten out of the town when I stopped on Highway 89, this time to explore a bit on the east side of the road where the subtle (and in the case of the prominent yellow tree not at all subtle) colors of fall were on display.

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December 20, 2016 at 4:58 AM

Barely out of Kanab

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As darkness descended on October 21st we arrived in the town of Kanab, Utah, where we spent the night. The next morning we headed north toward Zion National Park but had barely left Kanab when the colorful fall scene shown here greeted us on the west side of Highway 89. Below is a closer view, taken from a different spot, of the yellowing tree that touches the cliff.

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December 18, 2016 at 5:09 AM

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Aspens no longer yellow or even leaved

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On October 23, four days after I photographed the aspen trees (Populus tremuloides) in northern Arizona that you saw last time, we found ourselves heading for a part of Zion National Park that most visitors don’t go to. Kolob Terrace Road stretches north from the town of Virgin, Utah, and winds in and out of the park’s western region several times before passing the Kolob Reservoir. The aspen trees we saw on the shore there had hardly a leaf left, but their bare trunks and branches against the dormant underbrush and the hills beyond made for a pleasing sight in the subdued light of the overcast sky.

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December 10, 2016 at 5:07 AM

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