ZION NATIONAL PARK; CHECKERBOARD MESA STARTRAILS
Image Credit & Copyright: Sean Parker of http://www.sean-parker.com/. CLICK image for larger view and look below for information and related links.
Here’s yet another image from one of my favorite night sky photographers; Sean Parker. This image was taken on March 12, 2013 and it’s a picture perfect set of startrails in Zion National Park, at the Checkerboard Mesa, Utah. I love how this image was done because not only do you have the startrails that as many of you know, I have a spot in my heart for, but the Milky Way and pinpoint stars are still visible as well. The entire creation just makes for a stunning image and something I may try soon myself. To a much lesser degree of course……sigh. Again just an incredible job and on a personal note it’s been great to see Sean have the great success he’s had in the last couple years with his photography endeavors as I’ve been a fan and admirer of his work for some time now. It’s great for him, it’s great for us and it’s great for the night sky community who he really brings attention to. Congratulations and keep the great works coming. As always, I posted many of Sean’s links below so check em out!
Below is an excerpt from the Zion National Park website regarding the Checkerboard Mesa:
Entering Zion National Park from the east entrance immediately reveals a colorful display of orange, brown and white slickrock that includes one of the parks landmarks, Checkerboard Mesa. The majestic criss-crossed mountain appears as a massive hill towering 900 feet above the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and resembles a giant, extended chess or checkerboard. The vertical and horizontal fissures are more evident on the north side of the mesa, where most of the photographs of the mountain are taken. The left to right deep scratches are due to a north to south wind direction while the vertical cracks are a result of weathering, a cycle of freezing and thawing. Change still continues in the park, so much in fact that the massive monoliths will eventually break down and once again become great dunes of sand. Immediately west of Checkerboard Mesa is Crazy Quilt Mesa, another wonderful example of cross-bedding. Checkerboard Mesa was once known as Rock Candy Mountain, but in 1938 the superintendent of the park gave it the name we use today. Our trail report for this issue will take hikers on a fascinating hike that few have done. You will venture up the side of Checkerboard Mesa to the northern tip where you can look down upon the magnificent smooth stone hills , desert tanks and odd shaped outcroppings of twisted and manipulated sandstone seen in various shapes and sizes on the east side of Zion.
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ZION NATIONAL PARK; CHECKERBOARD MESA: http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-checkerboard-mesa.htm