There’s a place in Zion National Park that few people venture. It is accessed along the Chinle Trail that is not well-known. Over the years that I’ve hiked the trail, I’ve noticed some clay beds a few hundred yards off the beaten path but didn’t think they presented much of a photo op. I finally decided to check it out and I’m glad I did!
The location for these clay beds is very close to my formerly somewhat secret spot of colorful clay beds.
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.
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The following images were shot last week(March 2014) in Southern Utah in an area of fabulous geologic features. Since this area was under a sea of water over 200 million years ago, sediments were deposited into the landscape that formed various layers called sedimentary rock and soils. The formation I photographed is referred to as the Chinle Formation and is seen throughout Southern Utah into Northern Arizona. The soil is made up of clay and shale. The colors that you see are deposits of minerals and chemicals left from the receding waters, rivers and lakes from a specific geologic time. Erosion has revealed these layers just for me to photograph. The Chinle Formation is only about 100 feet thick in most areas as compared to other layers such as the Navajo Sandstone layer which is 100s of feet thick.The colors really pop in the morning or early evening or when the light is diffused through cloud layers. I used a polarizing filter to eliminate any glare from the sun. None of these images were processed as HDR. These images are available as prints or downloadable files at http://dawn2dawnphotography.com/ along with information regarding my Southwest Workshops that will get you to these hard-to-find locations.