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Colorado River Mojave Desert by Steve Sieren
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Colorado River Mojave Desert “Emerald Waters” Possibly lime jello too. I had to step out of the comfort zone since I’m not much of a kayaker but there isn’t much better then spending the day kayaking for miles one of the hottest and driest places in the U.S. With a water temp of 55 a little splash here and there felt great. It was a wonderful first trip and most of it was spent exploring new places to photograph. I’m very happy at finding this one and a few other things you might see in my stream or blog that I can share you flickrites. Here is an explanation on the green water. I’m not actually sure but if I remember correctly it has to do with the dams breaking up the amount of sediment along the river. It should be muddier and less transparent, here there isn’t any sand in the cave so you can see through it easily and the sunlight beaming into the shallow waters helps give it that nice swimming pool effect. The ripples intensify this effect too. The green algae growing amongst the rocks is the color you see and there is tons of it along this section of the Colorado River. More new finds (for me to say the least) in the Mojave Desert Coming soon! ©This photograph is copyrighted and is not permitted for free use.

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Canyon Fall Color Zion by Steve Sieren
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Shot this one while trudging through one of the canyons in Zion a few days ago. I was searching for a mixture of fall color surrounded by high walls, most of the trees in the Narrows were still green over the weekend but the reflective light was amazing! I wouldn’t complain if it was cloudy, you just adapt to the light and find something in a place like Zion.

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Welcome to the Yakima River Canyon, where Highway 821 parallels the gentle Yakima River for 27 miles, through massive basalt cliffs and rolling desert hills. Follow this scenic pathway for glimpses of rich wildlife and plant communities, echoes of a historical past and many opportunities for recreational enjoyment.

This canyon has been designated as a state scenic route and offers excellent wildlife viewing, fishing in a Blue Ribbon trout stream, family river rafting and camping. BLM manages over 9000 acres in the Yakima River Canyon area, including four developed river access sites. Follow the meandering river, as it slices between basalt cliffs formed by centuries-old upheavals. It’s thought that Yakima River predates those stony ramparts, once flowing across a relatively flat landscape. As rock ridges rose, river erosion equaled the walls which once formed part of one of the largest lava fields in the world, said to have covered 200,000 square miles in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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A winter panorama of the Grand Canyon, with a nice shot of the inner gorge, and a tiny bit of snow in the upper layers.

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