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Zion Meadow-from the “Humanlandscapes” portfolio

“Zion Meadow” is an image created just outside Zion National Park in southern Utah. The Park is aptly named, as one of the meanings of the word is heaven or utopia, and this magnificent park is a little of both. Zion park lies near the town of Springdale, Utah, with it’s B&Bs and camp grounds. If you are fortunate enough to find yourself here, be sure and take in the IMAX theater in town and view the really fine movie about the park and its surroundings. You then can proceed to enjoy this massive slot canyon. Zion was created by the flow of the Virgin River, carving its path through the Navajo Sandstone with vertical walls nearly half a mile deep. The stream bed of the Virgin River through this cleft is called “The Narrows” and can be hiked in the Summer and Fall when the river flow is low. To be in the “Narrows” when the sun is reflecting off of the canyon walls is to be in an open air cathedral, and is simply a religious experience. To be here, or in the Yosemite Valley at sunrise or sunset is the definition of beauty. My advise is to spend some time here and let the beauty sink into your soul, and it will if you are still alive. Hike to Angel’s Landing as well to get a birds view of the valley.

The image, Zion Meadow, was taken in a meadow between Springdale and the Park its self. There is the mental response to joy, and there is the physical response. The physical response in called dancing, and there is no better place on earth to dance than here in this little piece of heaven.

P. Miller


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