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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.


* 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

Another grand geological landscape at Zion National Park on October 22

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December 2, 2016 at 5:00 AM

More crowding

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(The title of today’s post was meant as a follow-up to the post called “A subspecies” that should have gotten e-mailed to subscribers early yesterday morning. A WordPress glitch prevented that, so if you didn’t see the post, you can check it out now.)


The main part of Zion National Park in southwestern Utah was just as much a zoo when we visited on October 22nd as the Grand Canyon had been a few days earlier. Adding to the crowding at Zion was the fact that all the schoolchildren in Utah had no classes that week. Lucky us.

Nevertheless, we overlooked (literally and figuratively) the swarms of people and managed to see some great sights. The ones shown here are the first two I photographed that morning as we drove into the park from the southeast.


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December 1, 2016 at 5:04 AM

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