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Sandstone Bluffs in Zion East of Tunnel, Part 2

A stream cuts its way through crossbedding in sandstone in Zion National Park.

Stream Cutting through Crossbedding in Sandstone (B&W Panorama #1), Zion National Park, Utah (20″x40″)


Sandstone Bluffs in Zion East of Tunnel

While on a trip to Zion National Park, I hiked up an unmarked slot canyon to see a wall of petroglyphs and visit a slot canyon. The glyphs were amazing, but I was most impressed by the swooping crossbedding in the sandstone leading to towering bluffs and canyon walls.

Cross-Bedding on Sandstone (B&W Panorama #3), Zion National Park, Utah (20″x31″)

Dead Tree and Sandstone

This dead tree on the sandstone looked to me like an octopus creeping across the ocean floor.

Dead Tree on Sandstone, outside Kanab, Utah (15″x22″)

Sandstone and Cross-Bedding

I love the swooping lines in cross-bedding in sandstone.

Cross-Bedding on Sandstone Bluff near Diana’s Throne (B&W Panorama #1), outside Kanab, Utah (20″x54″)

Cross-Bedding on Sandstone Bluff near Diana’s Throne (Color Panorama #1), outside Kanab, Utah (20″x54″)

Sandstone Bluff near Diana’s Throne, UT

On a work-related trip to Salt Lake City in March, I spent a couple of days between Kanab and Zion National Park exploring a few of the sandstone bluffs north of Kanab while we waited for the flash flood watches/warnings to end so we could hike into a few slot canyons. After spending several years in North Carolina, where most of the rocks are covered in vegetation, I am always impressed by the sheer cliff faces and strata exposed to the casual hiker. I included color and B&W versions of some of the sandstone.

Sandstone Bluff near Diana Throne (B&W Vertical Panorama #1), outside Kanab, Utah (24″x34″)

Sandstone Bluff near Diana Throne (Color Vertical Panorama #1), outside Kanab, Utah (24″x34″)

Bosque del Apache Sunset

Around sunset, geese begin to return to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge after spending the day in fields throughout the Middle Rio Grande Valley.

BosqueDelApache_Pano1_2019Bosque del Apache Sunset (#1), Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM (16″x39″)

BosqueDelApache_Pano2_2019Bosque del Apache Sunset (#2), Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM (16″x36″)

Santa Fe, NM Summer Clouds

Bulb exposure of gathering summer rain clouds over a sculpture at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Meow Wolf Sculpture and Summer Clouds, Santa Fe, New Mexico (12″x18″)

Cerro Bonanza, NM

While driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, I stopped to photograph the shifting evening light on passing clouds and Cerro Bonanza.

CerroBonanza_BW_Panorama_March2019.jpgCerro Bonanza and Evening Clouds, near Santa Fe, NM (16″x54″)



Looking North from Sun Mountain, Santa Fe, NM

The shapes of the clouds appeared to mimic the shapes of the foothills outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

SantaFeClouds_BaldyPeak_Panorama_Spring2019Clouds over Baldy Peak and SF National Forest, near Santa Fe, NM (16″x54″)



Spring Clouds over Santa Fe National Forest

Late winter/early spring winds blow tumbleweeds against a fence as clouds pass over the Santa Fe National Forest near Route 16 and Peña Blanca, NM.


Clouds over Santa Fe National Forest, near Peña Blanca, NM (16″x47″)


Tree in Slot Canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument

Erosion has washed away the rocks and soil under the ponderosa pine hanging onto the rock walls in the main slot canyon at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. One of my favorite trees in the world to photograph.


Tree in Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM (18″x12″)


Spring Rain Clouds over Slot Canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument

Spring clouds over a slot canyon composed of eroded layers of volcanic rock and ash from ancient pyroclastic flows in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM.


TentRocks_SkyWall_BW_March2019Spring Clouds over Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM (12″x18″)


Spring Rain Clouds over Sandia Mountains

Rain clouds pass over the Sandia Mountains and Cibola National Forest at sunset outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Spring Rain Clouds and Sandias at Sunset, outside Albuquerque, NM (10″x16″)

Monsoon Clouds 2017, NM

Last July, I had the pleasure of seeing this spectacular thunderstorm roll over the Sandia Mountains  while I was back in New Mexico for a conference. I pulled off NM SR556 to shoot a few single frame photographs and panoramas of the passing rainstorm as it dumped precipitation on Placitas.

MonsoonClouds_Sandias_2017_Panorama1_ColorMonsoon Clouds over Sandias (2017, Pano #1, Color), outside Albuquerque, NM (16″x65″)



Monsoon Clouds over Sandias (2017, SF #1, B&W), outside Albuquerque, NM (12″x18″)



Water Tower Along Highway 26, NM

I frequently drive between Tucson, AZ and Albuquerque, NM to visit family. While driving to Hatch from I-10, I always notice a lone water tower standing over the railroad tracks along Highway 26. Last summer I finally stopped to photograph the structure and the railroad tracks. An approaching monsoon storm had also kicked up a dust storm over the wind farm across the road.


Wind Farm and Haboob, near Hatch, NM (16″x52″)


Water Tower along Highway 26, near Hatch, NM (16″x32″)


Organ Mountains, New Mexico

Last fall, I spent a weekend near Las Cruces, New Mexico and had a chance to wander through the foothills of the Organ Mountains. I took a few photographs at the abandoned Boyd’s Sanatorium around sunset before I headed back to the car.


Setting Sun near Boyd Sanatorium, Organ Mountains National Monument, NM (16″x38″)


Light and Shadow near Boyd Sanatorium, Organ Mountains National Mon., NM (12″x18″)

Monsoon Storm from Seven Cataracts Overlook

After spending the day climbing near the top of the Catalinas, I stopped at the Seven Cataracts pullout along the Catalina Highway to take this photograph of a monsoon storm over Tucson.

MonsoonStormoverTucsonfromSevenCataractsMonsoon Storm over Tucson from Seven Cataracts Vista, Coronado National Forest, AZ (12″x18″)

Monsoon Clouds near Cochise, AZ

Early in July, I drove back from Colorado to Arizona, paralleling the Mexico/US border on Interstate 10 in the intense summer Sonoran Desert sun. The temperature quickly dropped from over 100F to 75F as I passed into the shadow of the lumbering monsoon clouds. I pulled over on the side of the highway to take a panorama of the passing storm clouds before driving on through the rain, hail, and lightning.

MonsoonCloudsOverMtGlennMonsoon Clouds over Mount Glenn, near Cochise, AZ (16″x60″)

Between the Dunes at White Sands

I stopped for a quick walk around the dunes at White Sands National Monument last spring on my way back to Tucson from New Mexico. Here is a panorama of the bushes between the dunes.

BetweenTheDunesBetween the Dunes, White Sands National Monument, NM (16″x56″)