Coyote Buttes South

15 03 2015

When planning our trip to the canyons of the Southwest, we had planned to hit Bryce, Zion, Monument Valley, Arches, Antelope Canyon but I hadn’t really heard much about the Vermillion Cliffs. Once I started doing some looking, I found there was a VERY popular place called "The WAVE". The Wave resides in Coyote Buttes NORTH permit area. Only 10 permits per day are issued ahead of time on the Internet and 10 are issued the day before at the BLM office in Kanab. VERY tough to get into due to the popularity (I think the Internet bookings were solid until October when we looked in Early Feb). Someone on Flickr mentioned that the Coyote Buttes SOUTH may not have "The WAVE" but still had some really cool and probably more varied scenery than the North. Plus, less people try to get in, so the 20 permits that are available daily via the Internet can be easier to get. We checked online and 2 permits were available for ONE of the days of our time in the area… At $5/person we snatched them up!

We learned next that the roads into the area are "dubious" in good weather and downright "scary" when the weather is wet and that we’d be wise to hire a guide. $175/person later we were hooked up with one of the oldest outfits in the area, Paria Outpost and Outfitters.. a decision that I am super glad we took. Well, without much more babbling… here are some pictures from the FIRST half of the day spent at Coyote Buttes South. Another post will have the second half of the day, which we spent at "White Pocket"

1. Southern "Wave"
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Precarious Balance of the "Control Tower" or "Dali’s Tower"
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Welcome to another world
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Line painters stop for nothing
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Fragile Beauty – Millimetre thick fins of rock in the falling snow
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Amazing patterns
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are so many amazing structures and patterns… More at the Flickr set:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8BfW8X

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!





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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