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Posts tagged “Southwest

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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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.

 

 

 

 


One Amazing Little Rainbow

Caught this rainbow dancing along the desert floor near Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. It played with the monsoonal clouds passing through to provide some abstract images. A time lapse video of this rainbow and surrounding storms will follow soon.  These images are available as prints or downloadable files for personal use at Dawn2dawnPhotography.com

A rainbow appears during a thunderstorm at Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

A rainbow appears during a thunderstorm at Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A rainbow appears during a thunderstorm at Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A rainbow appears during a thunderstorm at Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A rainbow appears during a thunderstorm at Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A rainbow appears during a thunderstorm at Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Just before the rainbow disappeared.


Colors of The Grand Canyon

Mineral deposits and vegetation produce various colors in The Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

The Grand Canyon as seen from Cape Final

 

The Grand Canyon as seen from Cape Final

 

The Grand Canyon as seen from Cape Final

 

 


Zion Cacti

Images from blooming Prickly Pear Cactus and the sticky Cholla Cactus

 

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Prickly Pear Cactus flower during spring at Zion National Park, Utah

 

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Cholla Cactus at Zion National Park, Utah

Cholla Cactus at Zion National Park, Utah. Also known as Teddy Bear Cactus because it’s so cuddly? Not!

 

Cholla Cactus at Zion National Park, Utah


Video

Over Toroweap

A short time lapse video of the scene at Toroweap at The Grand Canyon, Arizona. Watch at Full Screen at HiDef. Music by Martin Courtney.

 

 


Gallery

Arizona Skies

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Rainbow Zion

Weather conditions were ripe for producing rainbows last Saturday.

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah

 

A passing thunderstorm produces a rainbow at Zion National Park, Utah


The Best Images Of 2015- Good Memories

All of these images and many more are available for purchase as prints  at dawn2dawn photography.  Use promo code Prints25 for a 25% discount.  Click on first image below to start slideshow.

 


Point Imperial Revisited

You may have remembered my shots from Point Imperial at The Grand Canyon where layers of fog were rising from the canyon depths. See Foggy Point Imperial.  This time I was there for sunset and the light did not disappoint.

The settting sun forms shadows on the Grand Canyon at Point Imperial

 

The settting sun forms shadows on the Grand Canyon at Point Imperial

 

The settting sun forms shadows on the Grand Canyon at Point Imperial

 

The settting sun forms shadows on the Grand Canyon at Point Imperial

 

The settting sun forms shadows on the Grand Canyon at Point Imperial

 

The settting sun forms shadows on the Grand Canyon at Point Imperial

 

The settting sun forms shadows on the Grand Canyon at Point Imperial

 

The settting sun forms shadows on the Grand Canyon at Point Imperial