Seasons Greetings!

View from Canyon Overlook, Zion National Park

Along interstate 15 in southern Utah there is a lesser visited area of Zion National Park that many people, for one reason or another, choose to ignore. These folks speed away on their way north or south, eager to get wherever they are going, unaware of the geologic wonders that lie just off the asphalt slab of super highway.

Well, OK then. I am happy to keep the Kolob Canyons section of the Park all to myself.

Taylor Creek in the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park

It can be considered a bit of a stretch to look around today at the arid, rocky, shrub–covered desolation of southern Utah and see lakes edged by luxuriant green vegetation, swiftly–moving rivers, sinuous streams, and fetid swamps. Scenic? Absolutely. Frighteningly desolate? Perhaps. But luxurious and verdant? That would be a definite stretch of anyone’s imagination.

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Southern Utah mesas capped by Shinarump Conglomerate

When the winter winds start to blow in southern Utah, it’s time for me to gather my pick and paintbrush, sit myself down at the microscope, and start picking at fish.

Fossil fish, that is.

Follow the red arrow to the fish fossil