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Monday, April 26, 2010

...Nowhere Else On Earth

Stunning and found nowhere else on earth - this is what I read about the scenery in
Utah's Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks where we spent part of our spring break in early April.
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The area is considered to be a geologic showplace with sandstone cliffs among the highest in the world. It has evidence of human occupation both historic and prehistoric.
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Unusual columns of rock, often in fantastic form, are called Hoodoos.
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One of the Bryce Canyon Guides includes this information about the Hoodoos creation:

"Aproximately 200 days a year, ice and snow melt during the day and refreeze at night. When water becomes ice, it not only gets harder, but expands to approximately 110% of its original volume! This exerts enormous pressure on the rocks, forcing them apart from inside the cracks. First, attacking the fractures created during uplift and faulting, the rock is chiseled into broken remains. Monsoon rains remove this debris, helping to reveal fins, the first step in hoodoo creation. Most commonly, the second step in hoodoo formation begins when frost-wedging cracks the fins, making holes we call windows. When windows collapse they create the rust painted pinnacles we call hoodoos. We often think of this process as hoodoo creation; when, in reality, it's just another step in water's endless process of destroying the rocks it began creating 55 Million years ago."
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Doesn't the rock in the next picture remind you of a certain part of the body?
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Horizontal lines on this photo are mesmerizing me:


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Want to fly? I do!


Somehow, the rocks below make me think about the Chinese Terracotta Army:



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"Claron Formation consists of two types of limestone rock. It has a lower pink member and an upper white member. In the early years of the basin, the environment appears to have been more marsh-like, where plant roots help oxidize iron to give the sediments a red color. ...With the passage of time and an increase in water depth, the basin transitioned into purer lakes where the less iron-rich white limestone was deposited."
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Vastness of space adds to excitement:


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To see a road down below and realize that you were riding there just a few minutes ago is always a thrill:

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Zion has about 800 native plant species. Differences in elevation, sunlight, water and temperature create microenvironments like hanging gardens, side canyons and isolated mesas that lend to this diversity.
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I love the color of these plants.

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Zion has 67 species of mammals, 207 birds, 35 reptiles and amphibians, & six native fish. Rare or endangered species include the peregrine falcon, Mexican spotted owl, California condor, desert tortoise, and Zion snail, found nowhere else on earth. The only animals we saw were these deers (they might be mule deers).
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Going through the rock:


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I love this scene. Tranquil ... No noise from the neighbors' lawn mowers...

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Am I on another planet?


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A landing place for a spaceship?


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Morning in Zion National Park after a snowy night:

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Isn't it a spectacular scene? Clouds are touching the rocks' tops, trees' silhouettes on the blue background and a black shadow is getting replaced by light:


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This one, below, is one of my favorite images. Early morning. Fresh powder on the top of the rocks which is going to disappear soon under the rays of the rising sun:


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I could spent hours watching this scenery where the permanance of a rock meets the dynamic of constantly changing water:

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A play of light and shadows was spectacular on such a large scale:

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Springdale, Utah was a little delightful town which charmed me.


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I hope you liked the tour.

Copyright 2010 TatyanaS

46 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots. I haven't been to those canyons in close to 30 years. I think it may be time to pack up my son and head out.

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  2. Your photos are wonderful -- it's an extraordinary area. My daughter and a friend hiked in Zion National Park a little over a year ago. The landscape is spectacular!

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  3. Wow - Fantastic. Thanks.

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  4. I have never been to Zion and can't thank you enough, Tatyana. Your breathtaking tour was amazing!

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  5. I enjoyed the tour and thanks. The mountains are so majestic. It's easy to see who the best artist is. You took some really great pictures. Oh and the home at the bottom of the mountain is awesome.

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  6. That tour was awesome. I think I would just stand there with my mouth agape looking at all that natural beauty. You have some fantastic pictures there.

    Have a great week and thanks for sharing.

    FlowerLady

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  7. Tatyana, this is a remarkable place, one where we have not been but would like to. Your photos are fantastic! and now I know we must go.

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  8. wow great photos~ i thought they were postcards!

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  9. Very much so, did we like the tour, Tatyana! It was a scene almost too incredible to be real. You must be delighted to have these wonderful photos to remind you of the trip. So glad you took them and shared them with us. What a place! :-)
    Frances

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  10. I went hiking in Zions during college. The rock formations were so different from what I knew at home that I must have taken hundreds of pictures (did you?). Gardening against such a gorgeous vista would be intimidating....

    Christine in Alaska

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  11. Thank you for a beautiful trip with you, Tatyana. What exquisite countryside beauty ...

    Have a great week.
    TTFN ~ Hugs in love, Marydon

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  12. Just stunning! Would you believe I've never been there? So much to see...

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  13. I do want to soar through those cliffs and glide along....really really pretty. Great info to boot! I think the snow really sets off the structures and gives another layer of dimension.
    Sounds like and looks like a great spring trip.

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  14. Hey! You vacationed in my backyard. Sort of. Just a few hours south of me. We take our horses down there quite often to explore the red rock canyons. Gorgeous photos. Sounds like you had a fab trip.:)

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  15. Tatyana,

    Your photos always amaze me. You had perfect timing with light on these photos. Now I really want to go there!

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  16. The river, and that ethereal mountain!

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  17. I've never been there either! Shame on me! Such beautiful photographs, thank you so much for the tour!

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  18. Wow, what a beautiful tour. I was looking at those pictures of rock columns and wondering how they got made that way. Well thanks for giving the explanation. That is fascinating and it makes sense about the freezing and thawing. It does look like a different world. So many layers and colors. I could see a UFO landing there. LOL! And about a certain rock, " Honey that is just wishful thinking " LOL!

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  19. Stunning photos!! Just breathtaking!

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  20. Such beautiful tour! Enjoyed the tour from the beginning to the end! Those rocks do look like Chinese Terracotta Army :) The garden picture toward to the end looks very charming.

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  21. Tatyana, These photos really brought back memories of a camping trip forty years ago when we got snowed on in Bryce Canyon in May -- very cold, but breathtakingly beautiful. -Jean

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  22. I haven't been there in 35 years... after seeing these wonderful photos, maybe it's time to go back there! Larry

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  23. Tatyana, I did so much enjoy the tour. You have such a wonderful eye with the camera. You really captured the beauty and splendor!

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  24. I loved the tour! The hoodoos are fascinating. Such spectacular scenery, and it does seem like another planet, especially compared to my home in Alabama! Your photos are wonderful. thanks for sharing them with us.

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  25. Hi Tatyana, after a long absence- I've just been so busy that blogging has hardly been part of my life, and it will stay like that for a while! I loved your post. Besides sharing the spectacular beauty in excellent shots, you manage in only a few words to share your wonder and joy in it all! Jack

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  26. Thank you for the tour. You did an excellent job taking us there. Carla

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  27. wow that was some trip you took me on Tatyana. Its a place I have always dreamed of visiting - but I think it will always be just in my dreams. And yes the terracotta army is a perfect description for those rock formations. I really enjoyed the tour :)Rosie

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  28. aloha,

    what a spectacular tour,two of my favorite parks, i love that drive and seeing both parks, then taking the drive all the way around to the lakes....i love your early morning photography, it truly captures the essence of both the parks...and yes i also think zion reminds me of the ceramic army in china.

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  29. Oh Tatyana,

    Your beautiful photos bring back such lovely memories of the time I spent there. The red cliffs are truly spectacular, aren't they?

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  30. Magnificent photos Tatyana of a magnificent place. It really does look like another world in so many ways but a beautiful one at that.

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  31. Beautiful photo's! I could sure see how those rock formations reminded you of the Terracotta Army. You sure have an eye and talent for photography.

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  32. Spectacular! I have visited only once in my life. Thank you for sharing your trip with me. I feel like I visited again.

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  33. Utahn scenery is hard to beat. I should know, I live here. I always liked Bryce because the guy who first homesteaded it said "It was a hell of a place to lose a cow."

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  34. Wow amazing photography! You are good! And it is amazing country too.

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  35. I hope you liked the tour ? Of course, I like very very much the tour.
    It was a great tour and thank you very much to share those beautiful photo.

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  36. so serene - surely a subtle retreat to refresh the soul.

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  37. Stunning land and photography Tatyana! Inspiring tour! Thank you for bringing us back down to the nearby town and that homestead ... magical. So true that the expanse of landscape and sky are exciting.

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  38. Tatyana, you've made me want to take a trip out there! We've never visited that area but sure would like to after seeing your beautiful photos. Those rocks really are incredible. The area doesn't look anything like the 'reality' we see here every day. You have a wonderful way with the camera;-)

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  39. These pictures are just breathtaking. Even on an overcast day (in the top pictures) you've managed to catch how stunning this landscape is. WOW!

    Have a great day!

    Annelie

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  40. Wow Tatyana! Great post. I am among those who've yet to visit Bryce canyon. Gorgeous photos!

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  41. wow, i am totally blown away by this place and the photos you show. Would love to see this with my own eyes some day.

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  42. I liked the tour very much. The scenic photos are stunning.

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  43. I LOVED the tour. Thank you for all the information and breathtakingly beautiful photography.

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  44. Oh my goodness Tatyana, thank you SO much for an incredible tour. We have NOTHING like that over here and, whilst I've heard of Death Canyon, I've never seen photos like yours that capture it's stark magnificence. Bryce canyon was equally spectacular in a very different way ....I think I need to get on a plane right now!

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  45. Hi Tatyana, You were in my neck of the woods by Death Valley. You took incredible photos. I particularly like the blue green minerals strata in the center of the one photo. Excellent! Thanks for visiting too, btw!

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  46. The best hour spent at my pc in a very long time. Breathtaking photos. Love it.
    Good to know where you are at the moment.
    Tomas Gregorson GB

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