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Saturday, 08 May 2004

Pix Of The Day: Green Grass Back Road Travelling
CREDIT: © Ian Scott-Parker/CAMwrangler.com
WHERE: Zion National Park, Utah, USA. WHAT: grasslands of the high mesa country. Thumbnail clicks [1][2]pop-up larger images.

Back Road © Ian Scott ParkerWe took to the back roads to bring you some images from the country west of Zion, little seen by most of the millions of tourists visiting the park. A blacktop road climbs to the top of the mesa, hugging the precipitous cliffs; this route provides access to a rocket sled test track. After a hard right turn, marked by warning signs that threaten dire consequences for those inattentive enough to proceed further into a restricted high security area, the road is red dirt along the top of the mesa among piņon pine, shrubs, and Spring flowers. After crossing a cattle grid, out of place in this wilderness, the trees give way to open upland prairies.

Welcome! © Ian Scott ParkerThen we found a desert secret, for at an elevation above 6,000 feet there is enough moisture to produce vast rolling green meadows. The welcome in these parts was friendly; we passed three vehicles approaching from the opposite direction, which seemed to contain local residents, and each time received hand waves. Side roads all displayed 'private' signs, and one even reinforced the message with some fine print, if foot high letters can be said to be fine print!

  
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)