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White Pocket- Part Three- Black and White

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Unusual rock formations produced through millions of years of erosion form the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

 

 

 

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White Pocket-Part Two

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Unusual rock formations produced through millions of years of erosion form the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


White Pocket Is Simply Amazing. First Of 3 Posts.

I’ve been out there 4 or 5 times but the light approaching sunset was almost-perfect this time.  White Pocket is an area in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Northern Arizona. It’s a difficult drive on sandy roads to get there, but well worth the struggle.  One vehicle that only had 2-wheel drive got stuck in the sand and was only rescued when a Jeep Wrangler with a winch showed up and saved this couple a large towing bill.

 

Unusual rock formations produced through millions of years of erosion form the landscape at White Pocket at 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

 

 


Frozen In Time- Vermilion Cliffs National Monument’s White Pocket


Constant erosion from wind and water over the last 200 million years have produced some sandstone oddities that are worth the effort to drive to. White Pocket is about 20 miles from any paved road so few venture to it. The Vermilion Cliffs  National Monument is a place that deserves protection. See all my photos at Dawn2Dawn Photography

Unusual sandstone shapes produced by erosion make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

Unusual sandstone shapes produced by erosion make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

Unusual sandstone shapes produced by erosion make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

Unusual sandstone shapes produced by erosion make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

Wispy clouds hover over the sandstone anomalies at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

Unusual sandstone shapes produced by erosion make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

 

Unusual sandstone shapes produced by erosion make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

Distorted sandstone shapes make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

 

Unusual sandstone shapes produced by erosion make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

Unusual sandstone shapes produced by erosion make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

Unusual sandstone shapes produced by erosion make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

Unusual sandstone shapes produced by erosion make up the landscape at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 

Wispy clouds hover over the sandstone anomalies at White Pocket at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona


 


This Ain’t No Ordinary Gulch!

Buckskin Gulch along the Arizona/Utah border is the longest slot canyon in the United States. I’ve never completed the whole thing but just a few miles into this abyss is enough to gather some good images. I dragged some friends along who made for some pretty good models(No Royalties Due) and for a good sense of scale. It’s about 13 miles and ends at the Paria River which together make a great backpacking trip.

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

 

A hiker stands in awe of the steep sandstone walls of Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument , Utah

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

Kayleigh In Awe.

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

Spiderman Patrick

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

 

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The longest hike ever for Eric.

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

Sometimes I get out in front of the camera to enjoy the scenery.

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah


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

 

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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


May Showers Bring June Flowers at South Coyote Buttes

I’ve been out to South Coyote Buttes 5 or 6 times but never experienced the blooming desert wildflowers on display. We’ve had quite a bit of rain this spring and it shows, even in the desert.  South Coyote Buttes is on the Arizona/Utah border and is about 2o miles from the nearest paved highway.

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Cactus Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Clouds are reflected in the pools of water at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The unusual rock formations at South Coyote Buttes, Arizona

 

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The unusual rock formations at South Coyote Buttes, Arizona

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

 

 


Surreal Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock at The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah is yellow but also red, magenta, gold, orange, lime,  blue, purple, rust, maroon,  amber, tangerine, pink, scarlet, black, azure, brass, bronze, rose, brown, plum, sepia, mustard, sapphire, turquoise, peach, myrtle and even zucchini!

Yellow Rock is difficult to find and very difficult to hike up to. It’s the best thing Bill Clinton ever accomplished as president, designating the almost 2 million acres  of the Grand Staircase as protected under the Antiquities Act in 1996. President Obama, before he leaves office,  should do the same with the Greater Canyonlands area near Moab, Utah.

These images(Shot 1 week ago) and others can be purchased as prints at What’s New At Dawn2dawn Photography

 

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Thanks Bill

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You have to climb up a steep and rugged trail from the Cottonwood Canyon floor below to get to Yellow Rock.

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Maybe Zorro was here?

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An artist’s palette.

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Looks like a lemon meringue pie?

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Goblin Valley

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Grand Staircase Sunset

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Photo Of The Week- Pyramids in Utah?

The remote and rough Cottonwood Canyon Road weaves its way for 47 miles through The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah.  Do NOT attempt to drive this road under wet conditions. You won’t make it. I did it a few weeks ago on a hot and sunny day  and found this scene that resembles something out of Egypt. Pyramids.

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The cockscomb is a fold in the earth’s crust that produced pyramid like formations.