I was surprised to see that the fall color display in Southeast Utah was nearing completion. For the past 5 years or so I have visited the Canyonlands Island in the Sky, photographing in and around Moab, Cedar Mesa, Comb Ridge and the Needles District of Canyonlands. Each year I head out there during the last week in October, usually spending Halloween camping in the canyons. This weekend proved to be very different than in the past, as the cottonwoods along the creeks, Indian Creek, Beef Basin, Lavender and Davis Canyons and along the Lockhart Basin road were past prime color.
But, I searched out a few gems and captured the last color of fall 2012. In addition, I got up on Saturday at 3:00 am so I could photograph the night sky after the moonset. On the way to our campsite along the Colorado River, I saw some sweet reflections too.