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East Rim Arch

East Rim Arch

It’s been a while since I visited the arches in Rattlesnake Canyon and I’ve wanted to return to get some better photos. So after work on Tuesday I headed up there for a nice sunset hike. I made this photo of East Rim Arch, which is also known as Akiti Arch and Centennial Arch, shortly before the sun dipped below the horizon. The golden light on the arch was nice, but I sure would have liked a few puffy white clouds in the sky behind it!

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Small Slot

Small Slot

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.

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Sun-Tipped Wave

Sun-Tipped Wave

You’ll be seeing this photo in my upcoming trip report from Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, but I thought I would share it a little early on it’s own. I hiked over to the Fire Wave for sunset and took this photo just as the last light was striking the very top of this amazing formation.

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Spotlight on the Book Cliffs

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.

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Book Cliffs Spotlight I by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

In this second photo you can see that the spotlight had moved to the left quite a bit.

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Book Cliffs Spotlight II by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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!

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Painted Granary

Painted Granary Ceiling

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.

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