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Capitol Reef National Park Landscape

Carolyn Rauh

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Rawdon, QC - Canada

Fantastic details and colors Carolyn! Beautiful scenery

San Lorenzo, CA - United States

Such fantastic clarity throughout the entire image!!! This is so gorgeous, Carolyn!!!! :))) fv

Dachau - Germany

Sorry, i ment PHOTO !!! :-( I like to make your Art Photos

Greensboro, NC - United States

Awesome, Carolyn, so beautiful and great size, will really pop!! Congratulations, my friend, on this wonderful sale!!!

Canyon City, OR - United States

Breath taking photo, Carolyn! Congratulations!

Sandy, UT - United States

Thank you so kindly to the buyer from Omaha, NE! I highly appreciate your purchase!!!

Dachau - Germany

i love the Landscape and your Phot! exellent.

Razgrad, Ra - Bulgaria

Congratulations on your sale!

Oakville, ON - Canada

Awesome composition; brilliant work. Congrats on your sale.

Grants Pass, OR - United States

I love the lines, the color, the path the road takes through the landscape... and the lines in the rock! Great shot :) F/V

Hemet, CA - United States

Nice work. Congratulations on the sales.

Bay Area, CA - United States

STunning! Congratulations on your sale :)!

Toronto, ON - Canada

Carolyn, great landscape. Congratulations on your sale.

La Plata, Bu - Argentina


Brooklyn, ny - United States

fantastic work , v

Olathe, KS - United States

Oh, I love this! Really makes me want to be there right now. And reminds me of childhood family vacations. Really beautiful color and rock formations. I appreciate all the background information. f&v

Tower City, PA - United States

Amazing landscape - beautiful colors and light!

Brooklyn, ny - United States

wonderful capture,v

Long Beach, CA - United States

A fantastic image with beautiful colors and light, Carolyn! f/v/tw

Lehigh Acres , FL - United States

Stunning landscape !

Tarnow - Poland

Wow, I wish to see it one day! v

Storybrooke, ME - United States

This is one of those memorable photographs you can look at and enjoy forever. v/f/tweet

Bucharest, Ro - Romania

Superb scene, Carolyn..... your sense of colors and composition is simply fantastic. I just love this photo. f,v

Tucson, AZ - United States

Beautiful scene, fantastic shot!! Vf

Sandy, UT - United States

Thank you so very much, Nadine and Bob for the features in your groups!!!

Spokane Valley, WA - United States

Beautiful setting....the road really pulls your eye inward.

Southampton, Ha - United Kingdom

Great range of warm colours. I can't imagine such vibrant colours in a landscape, living in the UK. Very sharp and clear with lots to look at! voted

Male - Maldives

Incredible place, you've captured its beauty perfectly, Carolyn, love those colors!

Sandy, UT - United States

Many thanks, Darren for featuring my photo in your group, the 3 A Day Waiting Room.!!

Sandy, UT - United States

Thank you so much to all the congrats comments. I appreciate them, highly!!

Waldshut - Germany

Excellent landscape Carolyn!

Greensboro, NC - United States

Beautiful, Carolyn, congrats on your sale.

Alexandria, VA - United States

Awesome composition. Congratulations.

Voorhees, NJ - United States

Awesome shot! Congrats on your sale! v -Kim

Hampshire, IL - United States

Carolyn, brilliant work...great image...congrats on your sale...

Sandy, UT - United States

Thank you so much to the buyer from, Maple Park, IL. I really appreciate your purchase.!!

Odessa, Od - Ukraine

Very very very nice and beautiful work!!! Great shot !!! 8)))

Newtown Square, PA - United States

This is also beautiful! You really get a good feel for the place as the road draws you in and the massive expanse makes you feel like you're there...I love a photo that does that! Let's see more of your work!

Lake Forest, IL - United States

ah , absolutely amazing , great inspiring photo , nice :)!

Flint, TX - United States

Love your work Carolyn!!! Great photo.

Las Vegas, NV - United States

Nice work Carolyn, well done!

Richfield, OH - United States

Outstanding landscape, Carolyn!

San Diego, CA - United States

this a fabulous vista, Carolyn Rauh! the subtle variations of red and orange, and the clarity, the depth, you must have tons of good stuff , let's see it!!;0....if you please..voted

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Capitol Reef National Park Landscape


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Capitol Reef encompasses the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the earth's crust that is 65 million years old. It is the largest exposed monocline in North America. In this fold, newer and older layers of earth folded over each other in an S-shape. This warp, probably caused by the same colliding continental plates that created the Rocky Mountains, has weathered and eroded over millennia to expose layers of rock and fossils. The park is filled with brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs, gleaming white domes, and contrasting layers of stone and earth.

The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold.

The fold forms a north-to-south barrier that even today has barely been breached by roads. Early settlers referred to parallel, impassable ridges as "reefs", from which the park gets the second half of its name. The first paved road was constructed through the area in 1962. Today, State Route 24 cuts through the park traveling east and west between Canyonlands National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, but few other paved roads invade the rugged landscape.

The park is filled with canyons, cliffs, towers, domes, and arches. The Fremont River has cut canyons through parts of the Waterpocket Fold, but most of the park is arid desert country. A scenic drive shows park visitors some of the highlights, but it runs only a few miles from the main highway. Hundreds of miles of trails and unpaved roads lead the more adventurous into the equally scenic backcountry.
Native Americans and Mormons

Fremont culture Native Americans lived near the perennial Fremont River in the northern part of the Capitol Reef Waterpocket Fold around 1000 CE. They irrigated crops of lentils, maize, and squash and stored their grain in stone granaries (in part made from the numerous black basalt boulders that litter the area). In the 13th century, all of the Native American cultures in this area underwent sudden change, likely due to a long drought[citation needed]. The Fremont settlements and fields were abandoned.

Many years after the Fremont left, Paiutes moved into the area. These Numic speaking people named the Fremont granaries moki huts and thought they were the homes of a race of tiny people or moki.

In 1872 Alan H. Thompson, a surveyor attached to United States Army Major John Wesely Powell's expedition, crossed the Waterpocket Fold while exploring the area. Geologist Clarence Dutton later spent several summers studying the area's geology. None of these expeditions explored the Waterpocket Fold to any great extent, however. It was, as now, incredibly rugged and forbidding.

Following the American Civil War, officials of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City sought to establish "missions" in the remotest niches of the Intermountain West. In 1866, a quasi-military expedition of Mormons in pursuit of natives penetrated the high valleys to the west. In the 1870s, settlers moved into these valleys, eventually establishing Loa, Fremont, Lyman, Bicknell, and Torrey.[3]

Mormons settled the Fremont River valley in the 1880s and established Junction (later renamed Fruita), Caineville and Aldridge. Fruita prospered, Caineville barely survived, and Aldridge died.[3] In addition to farming, lime was extracted from local limestone and uranium was extracted early in the 20th century. In 1904 the first claim to a uranium mine in the area was staked. The resulting Oyler Mine in Grand Wash produced uranium ore.

By 1920 the work was hard but the life in Fruita was good. No more than ten families at one time were sustained by the fertile flood plain of the Fremont River and the land changed ownership over the years. The area remained isolated.[3] The community was later abandoned and later still some buildings were restored by the National Park Service. Kilns once used to produce lime can still be seen in Sulphur Creek and near the campgrounds on Scenic Drive.
Early protection efforts


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