Here’s another photo from my upcoming trip report to Valley of Fire State Park. Hoping to get the report done early this week! This very colorful section was at the end of a dark and narrow slot canyon. I like the way the gray rocks contrast with the colorful sandstone.
The other night it was looking like there might be a good sunset so I grabbed my camera gear and headed out towards the base of the Book Cliffs. Unfortunately, the sunset never panned out, but while driving out there the sun did shine through a few holes in the clouds and added a little spotlight to the Book Cliffs for a few minutes. I managed to get my camera out and get these two photos before the light was gone.
In this second photo you can see that the spotlight had moved to the left quite a bit.
On my drove back through the North Desert I got stuck in one of the worst dust storms I’ve ever been in. I actually had to stop my Jeep for a few minutes because I couldn’t see a thing!
I just spent the weekend on Cedar Mesa in search of the specific ruin featured in the photo above, and as you might have guessed, I did manage to find it!
This well-preserved ruin is nestled in the back of a deep alcove which has helped protect it from the elements and kept it in good shape. The most unusual part of this ruin is the painted pictographs on it’s exterior. I can’t recall seeing anything else like it which makes this one pretty unique. Because of the photogenic alcove this granary was located in, I had a lot of fun taking photoso of it from all different angles, so I’m sure I’ll be posting other photos of it in the future. This photo was taken to emphasize the curved lines and golden color of the smoke-stained ceiling of the alcove above the ruin.
Last week I drove out to East Orchard Mesa to try and find a good spot to take some photos at sunset. I never did find a good spot, but the sunset ended up being very nice, so I just pulled over and took a few quick photos.
This first one is looking back towards Grand Junction across a field. The colors were spectacular!
I also noticed the reflection of the pink clouds on the hood of my Jeep.
These aren’t really great photos, but I thought I would share them anyway.