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Subway on Ice by tourofnature Subway on Ice by tourofnature
Zion National Park's unique feature aptly named "The Subway".

This is an amazing geologic feature, maybe the most unique and impressive I've seen. Erosion has carved a beautiful curving structure that almost has to be seen to be believed. Although not a true "Subway", it does have a small opening in the top, but when you're standing there at certain angle, deep in the canyon, it certainly feel like a Subway.

The ice formations seen are formed by water trickling through the sandstone and finding an exit in the location from the rock itself. Interesting to think of how long a journey the H2O molecules might have taken through the rock to finally see the light of day in this particular location. I've heard in some places in the Zion NP area it takes thousands of year filtering through rock.

I have been to this place a few other times and have wanted to get back in the Winter. Our original plan was to drive back this day, but my wife hadn't been to this amazing place yet and showing her was just the excuse I needed to get the back-country permit and hike back. It's a strenuous hike in any season, but the icy conditions (and being out of shape from Winter hibernation) made it a visit we very much had to earn.

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Zandabear15 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic description and it reminds me of a fantasy novel +fav 
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ambientcosmos Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Magical
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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Love it!!
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A2Matos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Photographer
This great work has been featured here:Animals, Plants and Nature Spotlight Vol. 20 [link]
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Artire Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
nice shot! :wow:
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot. Thanks for braving the winter trail for this out of season shot.
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, happy to do it. :D
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Febo-theRealOne Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
superb! love it.
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Tanager Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG I bet the watery section in that last mild was COOOOLLLLDDD!! And even coming up to this point! You brave souls. Nicely done.
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!
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MarietteBerndsen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow ! Thanks for sharing :)
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sugartwins Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wow! This is an amazing photo.
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jkrab Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
So many stunning places in America, can't wait to ga back on a trip and see it again! =)
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Brittjuhh Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
It must had been amazing to be there
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
wonderful
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
totally amazing
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Love love love it.
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Cedardar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
Totally beautiful place, gorgeous , photo, composition exposure and the grace of mother nature !!!!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!
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Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
very welcome
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digitalHD Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
This is gorgeous! I love Zion. I've only been down there once in 2011 for two short days. We didn't have time for the Subway or the Angels Landing hike but did the Canyon Overlook hike. I'll be heading back down there soon and the Subway is on my list. 60-65 degree's down there all this week. How long ago was your picture taken?
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! This was taken over MLK weekend back in January. The Subway can be a challenging hike, talk to the Zion NP back-country office before you go to find out the conditions. Enjoy your trip to Zion!
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digitalHD Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
Awesome! Oh definitely speak to the rangers before venturing out for possible warnings. I definitely will enjoy, again and again!
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