Me and My Rock-Golden Maple Tree In Zion National Park

A golden maple tree stands in front of a large red rock in a river valley in Zion National Park in Utah.
A golden maple tree stands in front of a large red rock in a river valley in Zion National Park in Utah.

After driving in from eastern Arizona, I got to Zion National Park with enough time to head into the park and see how things were looking before sunset this fall. The colors at this end of the valley were at their peak and I spent some time framing up the foliage. It was late enough in the day so that everything was in shade and amazingly there was barely any wind. I have been there at this time of day before and it always seems to be whipping around. This large rock sits on the other side of the river and I know I have been attracted to it before. The contrast between the reds and the golds was enough to grab anyone’s attention. Without enough time to grab my waders, I put on a telephoto lens to get in close to highlight the maple standing right beside the rock. The title for this image just seemed natural!

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