Streamside Trees, Red Rock Cliff

Streamside Trees, Red Rock Cliff
Narrowleaf cottonwood trees with a few autumn leaves beneath sandstone cliff along the Virgin River, Zion National Park.

Streamside Trees, Red Rock Cliff. © Copyright 2021 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Narrowleaf cottonwood trees with a few autumn leaves beneath sandstone cliff along the Virgin River, Zion National Park.

The trees along the Virgin River in Zion National Park are a big attraction for me, especially as the autumn color transition begins. There is quite a variety of these trees, ranging from conifers to deciduous trees, from small to large, in locations ranging from open flats to ledges far up on the red rock cliffs and on the more open highlands far above. Landscape photographer friends like to joke that we just make pictures of “rocks, water, and trees” — and all of those play a big part in this landscape.

This little mini-grove lies a bit off to the side from a popular and busy Zion Canyon trail. Working in such a canyon, with its shade and diffused, soft light, is very appealing to me, and the contrasts between green foliage and red rock make it even better. These trees grow in one of the many bends in the canyon as it winds back and forth, and the sandstone cliffs form a sort of wide alcove here. The Virgin River — at a fairly low rate of flow — runs past in the foreground.


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