Zion National Park, Utah
East of the tunnel, Zion has a different feel than the valley. We have travelled from the Kayenta Sandstone in the Virgin River up into the Navajo Sandstone, so colorful, with infinitely interesting cross-bedding. Although sunrise was nearly an hour ago, the Mount Carmel Highway, following Clear Creek in its narrow drainage is still nearly all in shadow while the peaks and cliff faces are fully engaged. What strikes you at this hour of the day are the silouhettes and juxtaposition of darker ridgelines against the sandstone that seems to glow in contrast. On the narrow road there are few pulloffs, and most opportunities pass by, but we did manage to find a position to shoot this small ridge, topped with Ponderosa pines, against the East Temple. In winter, these shadowed areas hold the chill. It feels wonderful to get out into the sunlight on the rock that not only looks warm--it IS warm.