Least Chipmunk, Zion National Park, Summer 2007

Least Chipmunk, Zion National Park, Summer 2007

I am back in Toronto after a vacation which included visits with family and many national parks in the Western United States. I am looking forward to editing more of the 5,ooo frames I took on this trip, but unfortunately, I have a lot of work to do in Toronto as well, so it may be slow going.

I had visited the main valley of Zion before, but was not aware that there is another area of the park to the North and West of the valley which is also open. The Lava Point campground (dry) overlooks the valley at a distance, allowing one to see the top of the features which most visitors only see as huge cliffs from the bottom. There is also a trail that starts at Lava Point and goes all the way down into the valley; a fine idea if you can convince someone with a car to pick you up in the valley or at the visitor centre (accessible by shuttle)–I would not want to hike back up it.

The dawn light on the day I was camped there was unexceptional, but the overlook was alive with least chipmunks going about their business; this is my favorite capture of their activity.

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