Alan Barrett Images | Intimate Landscapes | Dry river bed, Zion

Clear Creek runs down from Kolob Terrace on the upper terrace of the national park. It offers a lovely stroll away from the crowds - I was there one public holiday and did not see another soul all afternoon, even though the main park was heaving.

Although dry most of the year, the intricate patterns carved in the rocks are mute testimony to the force of water that has in the past flowed down the creek. Add in the spectacular autumn colours and you have a recipe for a lovely photographic outing.