Tall Tales From The Field

Desert Southwest

Marble Canyon Rainbows

Rainbows over Marble Canyon during probably the last of the monsoon storms for this year.

 

 

 

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Buttes, Plateaus and Mesas- What’s the Difference?

The images below shot last week along the Arizona/Utah border show buttes, plateaus and mesas, geologic land forms that permeate America’s Desert Southwest. In general terms, buttes are smaller than mesas and mesas are smaller than plateaus. Buttes were probably once mesas but shrunk in size due to erosion. Plateaus are bigger than both mesas and buttes. But specific sizes of each land form are not normally defined.

 

Mesas, Buttes and Plateaus make up the landscape near Fredonia, Arizona

 

 

 

Storm clouds hover over Gooseberry Mesa in Southern Utah. The smaller hills at the base can be categorized as buttes.

 

 

 


Highlights and Shadows

Sunlight penetrates clouds from a passing thunderstorm, producing sunbeams along Marble Canyon in Northern Arizona.


Desert Flora at Sunset

While mountain biking this week near Gooseberry Mesa in Southern Utah, I captured some pics over a few evenings of the changing colors of the flora and the sunsets.

 

 

 

 


Time Lapse Of The Milky Way

As you can see in this video, the Milky Way moves during the night along with other unidentified flying objects. Shot near The Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona. Watch in HiDef at Full Screen.

 


Zion Canyon Night Sky

Not only is the Milky Way apparent in the sky, but so are the Sacred Datura Flowers that bloom through the night. Shot on different nights in Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

 

 


Time Lapse Video- Mountain Biking

Along the Arizona Trail in the Kaibab National Forest. Watch in HiDef at Full Screen.

 


More Milky Way Shots

From Zion National Park area

 

The Milky Way appears on a moonless night over The Watchman at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The Milky Way appears on a moonless night over Eagle Crags adjacent to Zion National Park, Utah


Time Lapse Video- As The Sun Sets

Light from a late afternoon and setting sun is observed along Marble Canyon, Arizona. Watch in HiDef in Full Screen

 


Milky Way Shots From Northern Arizona

Shot this week from Arizona’s Kaibab National Forest.