The Wave, Rainbow Bridge, Antelope Canyon, & Monument Valley – Feb 2015


The Wave – Feb 9, 2015

The Wave in North Coyote Buttes in North Arizona is layered sandstone sculpted by the wind – Img 46056 Wave

 

The Wave – Feb 9, 2015

A portion of the Wave was totally in the shadows where the colors were amplified – North Coyote Buttes, Arizona – Img 46181 Wave

 

Tom & Randy at The Wave – Feb 9, 2015

Tom and Randy finally got a permit to visit the Wave in North Coyote Buttes, Arizona – Img 46113 Wave

 

 

The Wave – Feb 9, 2015

The Wave in Coyote Buttes, Arizona – Img 46128 Wave

 

The Wave – Feb 9, 2015

A portion of the Wave in the shadows – North Coyote Buttes, Arizona – Img 46034 Wave

 

 

The Wave – Feb 9, 2015

Found this wild pattern of colors on one wall of the Wave – North Coyote Buttes, Arizona – Img 46188 Wave

 

 

Formations Near the Wave – Feb 9, 2015

Did not notice these formations on the last few feet of trail up to the Wave until we were leaving and the sun illuminated them. North Coyote Buttes, Arizona – Img 46211 Wave

 

 

Boneyard near the Wave – Feb 9, 2015

About 1/2 mile from the Wave is the Boneyard, named because of the “bone-like” rocks resting on the sandstone. Img 46259 Boneyard

 

 

Boneyard near the Wave – Feb 9, 2015

On a cream colored sandstone sloped wall behind the “bones” are these smoke like yellow lines – I have not heard a good explanation for how they were formed. – Img 46271 Boneyard

 

 

North Coyote Buttes – Feb 9, 2015

Interesting rock formations everywhere on the trail to the Wave – Img 46362 Coyotebuttes

 

 

Toadstools, Feb 8, 2015

These hoodoos are formed when the softer sandstone is eroded beneath a harder rock. Eventually the base is eroded enough that the top rock can no longer be supported and it collapses. Img 45932 Toadstool

 

 

Grand Staircase Escalante – Feb 8, 2015

The Toadstools hiking trail is in the Grand Staircase Escalante Nation Monument – Img 45951 Toadstool

 

 

Buckskin Gulch – Feb 7, 2015

Recent rain in the area prevented us from hiking Buckskin Gulch, a long wide slot canyon. The rain left some chocolate mud formations along the trail. Img 45827 Buckskin

 

 

Lake Powell – Feb 7, 2015

The red sandstone along the shoreline of Lake Powell was a feast for the eyes. Lake Powell has more shoreline than the west coast of the USA. Img 45689 Powell

 

 

Lake Powell – Feb 7, 2015

Our boat traveled up a side canyon of Lake Powell toward Rainbow Bridge National Monument – Img 45444 Rainbow

 

 

Rainbow Bridge National Monument – Feb 7, 2015

Rainbow Bridge is the highest natural sandstone bridge in the world at 234ft. It is called a bridge because it was formed by water vs. an arch that is formed by wind erosion. The bridge is in Utah and we got there after a 50 mile/2 hour boat ride. – Img 45520 Rainbow

 

Tom at Rainbow Bridge – Feb 7, 2015

You can get an idea about how massive this bridge is compared to Tom standing to the right of one side of it – Img 45487 Rainbow

 

 

Lower Antelope Canyon – Feb 6, 2015

The narrow slot canyon had wild shapes and colors at every turn – Img 45087 Lowerantelope

 

 

 

Lower Antelope Canyon – Feb 6, 2016

Img 45093 Lowerantelope

 

 

Lower Antelope Canyon – Feb 6, 2015

My first time in Lower Antelope Canyon was surprised by how narrow the canyon was compared to Upper antelope – in every turn there were interesting shapes and colors. Img 44982 Lowerantelope

 

 

Upper Antelope Canyon – Feb 6, 2016

Around every corner in the canyon is another visual treat! Img 45220 Upperantelope

 

 

 

Upper Antelope Canyon – Feb 6, 2016

Looking up in the canyon you get all these variations in color – Img 45190 Upperantelope

 

 

Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado – Feb 6, 2015

A short stroll from the highway near Page, AZ you get this great view of the Horseshoe bend of the Colorado river just downstream of the Lake Powell dam. Img 45292 Horseshoe

 

 

Monument Valley – Feb 10, 2015

This is the West Mitten Butte of Monument Valley – the shape looks like a mitten with the spire at the thumb. Img 46396 Monumentvalley

 

 

Monument Valley – Feb 10, 2015

For $5, a Native American will put you up on a horse on this ledge so your friends can take a ”John Wayne” photo of you. Img 46427 Monumentvalley

 

Links to more photos from this area:

Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef 2016

Zion 2012

Zion 2011

Bryce National Park 2011

Antelope Canyon 2010

Zion 2010

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2 comments

  1. This is amazing!

  2. Very nice. I did not know you were going there? Congrats on getting in.

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