Monday, December 5, 2011

Fall in Zion

The vibrant colors in Zion National Park during Thanksgiving week were incredible and one of the highlights of our visit. We weren't sure if we were going to miss the colors since we were going so late in the Autumn season. So, imagine our surprise and delight after our night time arrival and waking up in the morning to colors like these...


As the breezes blew, the trees whispered those peaceful whoooshing sounds and leaves gently fell to the ground like giant snowflakes. They decorated the landscape, in the trees and on the ground. Zion was even more beautiful with all the extra color and magic of the leaves.


The bright yellows were so pretty with splashes of other colors...like orange! I love this scene at the visitor center with the colorful trees and the American Flag...






Breathtakingly, vibrant and beautiful color! I love, love, love it!




We just couldn't stop taking photos. I took over 550 and I think my daughter took at least that many.


A lemony yellow tree with a black, water stained, sandstone wall behind it...


Intense oranges...


Even the lichen was getting in on the fun...


Every step along the trails was filled with color and beauty. Check out the pinks...


How about some yellow lace?!...


The color combinations were fun to see and I imagined them in yarn! The greens, golds and tans on this part of the trail were pretty...


Oooohh....more red!...


Soo pretty!...


The colors weren't the only star of the show. The textures and shapes are beautiful too! Like these oak leaves on super fine, soft sand...


There were even a few flowers here and there. I saw some tiny purple ones and these little yellow ones...


There was even a little greenery like these ferns tucked into moist little crevices of the rocks...


Living in Southern California doesn't provide the huge amount of Fall color that Zion and other parts of the country usually see. So, this was a real treat. We have more color this Fall than usual but nothing like what we saw in Zion.

I think it's interesting that as much of the country's leaves are turning colors, dropping off and the landscapes are turning brown...and white with snow, my part of the country is turning green as the rains water the brown landscape and seeds begin to sprout. In the Spring, as our green landscape will die back to brown, much of the country will turn from brown to green. I love how nature gives us constantly changing beauty and such wonderful surprises when we take the time to look. Nature is AWESOME!

4 comments:

jomamma said...

What a feast for the eyes! I have got to go to this place!

Benita said...

What a beautiful place. I love the colors of the trees against the cliffs and rocks in the background. I'd like to visit that place one day.

vicki said...

Oh how we love Zion - these photos are just fabulous! How lucky are you to get to be here in the fall - the colors against the mountains are magnificent - Wow is all that I can say! Thanks so much for sharing - bringing back some wonderful memories!

Vicki

pineneedles4 said...

Wow, this looks like an awesome place to hike! I love the pictures. I need to put aside the work and get outside and hike!

Vanessa in Oklahoma