Photographer's Note

Petrified red/orange sandstone dunes in the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness which straddles the border of Utah and Arizona south of Kanab,Utah. This geographically remote area is also known as the the Arizona Strip.

This heavily regulated natural area can be a gold mine for landscape photography. This same area contains the fantastic symmetric formations of the "Wave" and Coyotte Buttes as well as an entrance to one of the premier slot canyons in the Southwest - The Buckskin Gulch. Additionally, Lake Powell is close by.

But it can be a difficult place to visit since only 10 people per day are allowed to enter the area. It's also a harsh, hot, remote desert environment and you must hike a few trail-less miles to find this particular area. I recommend visiting in early May when the temperatures are mild, the chance for rain is small, and the days are getting long.

For this shot, I waited until late afternoon and took a low angle to accentuate the lines. I exposed for the warmest possible color on the sandstone.

Post Processing - USM, minor crop, noise/dust filter on the sky


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