I've just returned from an inspiring photo trip to the great Zion National Park in southern Utah. The landscape is a painting of red and orange sandstone stripes that were deposited over the course of 150 million years. This area was an ancient sea bed and the strips of sandstone show at least nine specific geologic periods. The deep canyons we see today were carved by the Virgin River and the Pine Creek.
Above, you is the view of the majestic Watchman tower as seen from the Canyon Junction Bridge near the foot of the canyon.
The imposing 7,709 ft. East Temple that stands guard over the Canyon Junction where the Virgin River and Pine Creek join.
The tranquil scene of the bridge that spans the Virgin River and connects the Zion Lodge to the Emerald Pools trail.
The view west at the end of the Canyon Overlook Trail of the east canyon formed by the Pine Creek.