Tall Tales From The Field

My Somewhat Secret Spot

My friend and fellow WP blogger  Kelly Guymon and I visited the Coyote Buttes area Sunday along the Arizona/Utah border, home of The Wave and other geological anomalies. One spot we checked out were some colorful clay beds that not many people know about. They are hidden. But when we got to the secluded trail head, their was a family camping there and I felt like I needed to let them in on my secret place because we had to park next to their campsite.  They followed us and I know they were thrilled with this place as it is quite a place to photograph. These clay beds are very colorful and have some great definition. It is unspoiled and hopefully will stay that way. Don’t ask me for directions. It is in the Vermilion Cliffs National Recreation Area where you can really get lost.

These images are available as prints or for personal use as a downloadable file at What’s New At Dawn2Dawn Photography

 

The colorful sedimentary layer of clay is uncovered at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful sedimentary layer of clay is uncovered at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful sedimentary layer of clay is uncovered at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful sedimentary layer of clay is uncovered at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful sedimentary layer of clay is uncovered at Vermillon Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful sedimentary layer of clay is uncovered at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful sedimentary layer of clay is uncovered at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful sedimentery layer of clay is uncovered at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

That’s the skull of a departed cow.

 

The colorful sedimentary layer of clay is uncovered at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful sedimentary layer of clay is uncovered at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Clay Beds Kelly_8855Kelly

 

A near full moon rises over the sandstone cliffs at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

A near full moon rises over the sandstone cliffs at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

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31 responses

  1. gorgeous! thanks for sharing (and for not posting directions!)

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    March 22, 2016 at 7:23 PM

  2. These formations are incredible! I assume the colors are from leached minerals? They are breathtaking!

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    March 22, 2016 at 7:43 PM

  3. I think I have some new screen savers! Thank you for posting…these rocks really look like they’ve been spray painted.

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    March 22, 2016 at 7:48 PM

  4. Beautiful photos.

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    March 22, 2016 at 9:13 PM

  5. Beautiful. I’m looking forward to making it back to Utah and hiring you for some hiking/photography tours.:)

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    March 23, 2016 at 3:38 AM

  6. Incredible colors!!! It’s somehow similar to the colors of Landmannalaugar in Iceland! Is this also because of volcanic activity?
    Anyway, beautiful images!

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    March 23, 2016 at 4:14 AM

    • I’d like to visit Iceland because of its beautiful landscapes. These clay beds were a result of sediments deposited while this area was under a sea of water millions of years ago. The colors were produced by the leeching of different minerals.

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      March 23, 2016 at 9:16 AM

  7. Wonderful!

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    March 23, 2016 at 5:34 AM

  8. Amy

    Fascinating! Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful photos, Michael!

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    March 23, 2016 at 6:32 AM

  9. fantastic!

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    March 23, 2016 at 11:34 AM

  10. What a great place, looks like nature graffiti artists got there before you. great images.

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    March 23, 2016 at 11:34 AM

  11. What a colorful find. I understand your concern. I have a few favorite spots, myself, that I exercise discretion when revealing to others.

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    March 23, 2016 at 1:50 PM

  12. These are amazing! I seem to only get a few minutes each week to catch up on blog reading, but I always look forward to your posts. I don’t do a great deal of landscape work (thank you for commenting on the Gibson’s beach image btw) but I always find your stuff to be so inspirational.

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    March 23, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    • Thanks Michael. Your ocean photo has got me excited as I am going back to California’s Coast this week.

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      March 23, 2016 at 8:57 PM

  13. Fantastic that you shared it with the campers. Beautiful photos.

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    March 24, 2016 at 3:49 PM

  14. Been to Sedona twice and now I have to get up to the Utah border if I ever go to AZ again. Thanks for sharing

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    March 25, 2016 at 9:58 AM

  15. Love these images. They remind me a lot of Zabriskie Point and Artist’s Palette- both in Death Valley. You’ve inspired me to get back out there and take photos of bot!

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    March 25, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    • I don’t know if you need inspiration, you seem to do well on your own, but thanks. If you’re going to be in this area, let me know and I’ll give you directions to this spot.

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      March 25, 2016 at 1:41 PM

  16. wow such beauty… nature is indeed the most wonderful painter.

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    March 25, 2016 at 9:46 PM

  17. They are glorious!! Wonderful photography!

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    March 26, 2016 at 5:52 PM

  18. I’ll need to find that place next time I’m down there…

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    April 5, 2016 at 10:49 AM

  19. We saw a rainbow-colored landscape in southeastern Spain some years ago. It was not defined like those in your photos, but at one time the landscape was green, then blue, another time yellow, another time purple for miles on end. Even the air above the ground seemed colored to match the ground and rocks below.

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    April 25, 2016 at 7:49 AM

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