Autumn Trees, Slot Canyon. Zion National Park, Utah. October 22, 2012. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.
A tree in autumn foliage grows in the pink-sand bottom of a slot canyon, Zion National Park
This little slot canyon and the wider sections above and below were a productive place for photography when I was there during the latter part of October. Dropping down into one of the small washes we saw while driving along through the area, we first were attracted by the bright foliage of some red maples – hard to resist! Once we reached the creek bed, however, it was equally hard to resist walking along the sandy bed and seeing what else we could find. Soon the canyon narrowed and the rock walls became closer together and we were in a short section of slot canyon.
The light in these places is almost always soft since it is rare for direct sunlight to get to the bottom of such canyons, especially at this time of the year and in canyons that are much deeper than they are wide. I think that because I was near the point where the canyon narrowed there was still enough light to support the growth of this tree.
G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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