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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.

 

 

 

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Thunderstorms strike Gooseberry Mesa Area

Monsoonal thunderstorms visited the Gooseberry Mesa area near Zion National Park, Utah. The play with sunlight and landscape produced some dramatic scenes.  These images and more are available for purchase as prints or downloadable files at  Latest Images at Dawn 2 Dawn Photography

 

 

 

 

 


Utah’s Colorful Caineville Mesa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The colorful and unusual sandstone rock formations and clay beds along Caineville Mesa in Southern Utah


Some More Zion Pics!

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The sandstone pinnacles and sheer walls of Eagle Crags are ubiquitous on the drive just before entering Zion National Park, Utah. This panorama is actually 3 shots stitched together in Photoshop.

Kind of looks like Mordor from Lord Of The Rings

Classic Sedimentary rocks at Zion National Park, Utah

The light from the setting sun provides a silhouette of a canyon wall at Zion National Park, Utah


Hidden Zion

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bryce Is Twyce As Nyce In The Winter

With a foot or two of fresh snow, Bryce Canyon National Park was a required venture.  The hoodoos never looked better. The weather forecast called for a high of 20 degrees(F) with a windchill of minus 22, so I quickly took care of business.

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

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Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

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Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

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Bryce Canyon Winter

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

 


Paria Clay Beds

Also known in geologic terms as the Chinle Formation located at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This spot is located at the old Paria Movie Set where The Outlaw Josie Wales was filmed. I half expected Clint Eastwood to come walking out of the landscape. These were shot an hour or two before sunset and with the clouds, made for some great light!

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds are revealed from erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful Chinle Formation clay beds are revealed from erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah

 

Colorful clay beds of the Chinle Formation are revealed due to erosion at the The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah


Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah is often called the mini-Bryce.  Similar to Bryce Canyon National Park but not quite as hoodooish(New Word).

Erosion and time have shaped the sandstone landscape at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah, USA

Erosion and time have shaped the sandstone landscape at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah, USA

 

Erosion and time have shaped the sandstone landscape at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah, USA

 

Erosion and time have shaped the sandstone landscape at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah, USA

 

Erosion and time have shaped the sandstone landscape at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah, USA

 

Erosion and time have shaped the sandstone landscape at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah, USA

 

Erosion and time have shaped the sandstone landscape at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah, USA

 

Erosion and time have shaped the sandstone landscape at Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southern Utah, USA

 

 


Paw Hole

Paw Hole is an area at South Coyote Buttes that is part of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona. Its unusual sandstone rock formations are a photographer’s playland.

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations make up the landscape at South Coyote Buttes at The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 


Some More Surreal Clay Bed Images

The location for these clay beds is very close to my formerly somewhat secret spot of colorful clay beds.

 

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The colorful clay beds are exposed at Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful clay beds are exposed at Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful clay beds are exposed at Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful clay beds are exposed at Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful clay beds are exposed at Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

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The colorful clay beds are exposed at Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful clay beds are exposed at Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful clay beds are exposed at Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful clay beds are exposed at Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The colorful clay beds are exposed at Coyote Buttes at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona