"Angel's Landing" [3:4]
Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Angel's Landing is a narrow mountain stretching approximately 1,500 feet (450 m) above the Zion Canyon floor. The trail is 2.5 miles one-way, and is considered moderate to strenuous. Portions of the trail are narrow enough that hikers are able to view down to the valley floor on both sides. This composition is a digitally enhanced photo, providing a unique painterly effect.
"Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft (1,117 m) at Coal Pits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft (2,660 m) at Horse Ranch Mountain. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park's unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park's four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches" [source: Wikipedia].
March 16th, 2013
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