White Pocket–in the Vermillion Cliffs

16 03 2015

The White Pocket Wilderness is a little geological area on the Paria Plateau in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. The area feels a bit like the earth ruptured and out came red lava from under a white crust – of course it’s all sandstone so it’s NOT actually the case but it DOES feel that way.

1. Twisted Guardians
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Twisted Beauty of White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Ruptured Cross-bedding
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Twisted Beauty of White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Surreal
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Twisted Beauty of White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Reflected Beauty
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Twisted Beauty of White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The Sea Turtle
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The Turtle
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. A Perfect Hexagon
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Hexagon!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are other interesting photos in the Flickr set for those that are interested:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157649047044503/

Comments and Critique always welcome!





Horseshoe Bend, Page Arizona

13 03 2015

Near Page, Arizona is a place where the Colorado River forms an oxbow in the Glen Canyon. It’s a massive oxbow, in a very deep canyon. Due to the fact that you need a pretty wide angle lens to capture the magnitude of the bend, some of the depth gets lost in the feel. We were are the bend a couple of times. On the first visit it was late afternoon and we caught a couple of different moods of the river and our last visit came AFTER sunset, resulting in a different feel yet again. I hope you like these different "moods" of Horseshoe Bend

1. Sunny, bright.
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The different moods of Horseshoe Bend
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. With Boat and approaching storm
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The different moods of Horseshoe Bend
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. After the sand/windstorm
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The different moods of Horseshoe Bend
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. After sunset
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The different moods of Horseshoe Bend
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. At night with Venus and stars
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The different moods of Horseshoe Bend
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

It was an interesting challenge to shoot, as you sit on the edge of the precipitous cliff. When the wind started blowing hard, it was a case of grab your gear and hunker down before any of it blows into the canyon. Lovely place, though – and a nice easy walk from the parking lot. Worth the visit if you’re in Page, Arizona.

For more variations on the theme, you can check out:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157650907071179

Comments and Critiques always welcome!





Lower Antelope Canyon

11 03 2015

Stop #3 on our Canyons and Cool Places trip was Lower Antelope Canyon – quite possibly the most photographed slot canyon in the world. I felt it was important to do my part to document it as well.  We used a company that is located right at the lower canyon, called “Lower Antelope Canyon Tours” :)We took the “Photographers’ Tour” which meant that we were able to spend 2 hours in the canyon with tripods!  Our guide, a Navajo woman named Quintana was wonderful and patient.  She even let us run overtime a bit Winking smile  The tour was $50USD which was $22 more than the regular tour. Worth EVERY penny!

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Lower Antelope Canyon – Wow!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Many more (it can get a bit dizzying to look at) at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157650891312870

Comments and Critique always welcome!





Bryce Canyon National Park

11 03 2015

 

Stop #2 on our "Canyons and cool stuff" trip was Bryce Canyon National Park. Here are some shots of the time there…

1. Before even getting to Bryce, there was "Red Canyon"
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Red Canyon
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The view out from Sunset Point
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Bryce Canyon and Beyond
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Canyon Panorama
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Panoramic View of Bryce Canyon
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Thor’s Hammer and the Temple of Osiris
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Thor’s Hammer and Osiris’s Temple
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Navajo Loop Trail
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Looking down into the Navajo Loop
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Sunrise over Bryce Canyon
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Bryce Canyon Sunrise
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

It’s an amazing feeling to walk down among the hoodoos. For more pictures of this lovely park you can check the album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157651229460246

I hope you enjoy the virtual tour of this National Park.





Zion National Park – Cliffs and Canyons

9 03 2015

I went for a road trip to see a few National Parks and other cool stuff in the Southwestern US. Here is the "Best of Zion"

1. OK – so this one is a cheat. We didn’t get to Zion in time for Sunset but this mountain just lit right up for us
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Sunset on a mountain approaching Zion
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Sunrise on the Towers of the Virgin
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Sunrise at the Towers of the Virgin
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Towers of the Virgin on fire in the morning sunrise
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Sunrise on the Towers of the Virgin
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Zion Canyon from the Overlook
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Zion Canyon from the Overlook
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Silver Trees
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Silver Trees
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Contrasts in colours
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Sheer White Cliffs of Zion and Green Trees of the valley
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set from Zion can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157648927376453

I hope you are inspired by the beauty of this lovely National Park.





US Southwest–National Parks and Monuments

6 03 2015

Still have about 1000 pics to filter through, but I thought I’d share some quick highlights…

Bryce Canyon
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Bryce Canyon National Park
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Zion Sunrise
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Zion National Park
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
Antelope – not enough ways to say "Wow!"
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Lower Antelope Canyon
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Horesehoe Bend by starlight
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Horseshoe Bend with Stars
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

White Pocket
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White Pocket
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Coyote Buttes South
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

No Grand Canyon pics due to serious SNOW… All whiteout :(

The "Canyons Sampler" is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157648783150083

Each stop will have its own album that I’ll post later though. Thank you all for the advice. If anyone wants any more details of the trip (the what and the where etc) just let me know!

Cheers!








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