Oct 26 2012

Flag Point

Arizona Strip & Southern Utah Wanderings | Day 4
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Since there weren’t really any good places nearby to photograph sunrise, we slept in a little later on Tuesday morning. After a little breakfast we packed up camp and took the rough Jeep road to it’s end where we would start our hike. Our destination for today would be to the top of Flag Point in the Vermilion Cliffs of the Grand Staircase. Jared and I had wanted to try this hike last year, but were unable to squeeze it in. From what I understand, most people that have made this trek hike up from the base of the cliff and are able to find a way up, however we thought that we would try to hike from the backside. It was probably a longer hike, but it involved less steep climbing.

The view towards Kanab from the top of Flag Point.

Flag Point View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After visiting the point we started hiking along the rim in search of a dinosaur track site.

Rim Hiking by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Jared taking a photo looking back at Flag Point.

Leaving Flag Point by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Oct 24 2012

The Vermilion Cliffs to The Grand Staircase

Arizona Strip & Southern Utah Wanderings | Day 3
Monday, October 8, 2012

On Monday morning we got up early and wandered over to The White Pocket again to catch the sunrise. We arrived plenty early to try and catch the pre-sunrise glow, which was amazing!

There’s sometimes an amazing glow that really brings out the colors in the sandstone about 10-20 minutes before sunrise. You can see it with your eyes, but a long exposure really brings it out in your photos.

Radiate by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Interesting shapes and lines in this formation and nice clouds in the sky. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions.

Awake by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

White Pocket Butte lights up with alpenglow right before the sun comes up.

White Pocket Alpenglow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Oct 23 2012

Return to Coyote Buttes South

Arizona Strip & Southern Utah Wanderings | Day 2
Sunday, October 7, 2012

On Sunday we had permits to visit Coyote Buttes South. I spent a few hours in Coyote Buttes South back in February, but was looking forward to exploring more of the area today. We woke up extra early this morning so that we could get over to Cottonwood Cove before the sun came up. Aside from one small patch of clouds at sunrise, the sky was totally clear all day, so I spent much of the day searching out intimate scenes that showcased the unusual and colorful sandstone found here.

My first destination was at this very interesting rock known as Half & Half. I wanted to get a photo of this one in the soft dawn light.

Half by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s that one small patch of clouds we saw in the morning over another colorful and strange rock.

A Few Clouds by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When the sun finally came up we made our way over towards the Control Tower.

Control Tower by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Oct 18 2012

An Evening at The White Pocket

Arizona Strip & Southern Utah Wanderings | Day 1
Saturday, October 6, 2012

On Saturday morning I left home to begin my annual fall trip to Southern Utah and the Arizona Strip. I met up with Jared in Moab so he could load his gear for the week into my Jeep and then we continued the drive south. Our destination this evening would be another visit to The White Pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. As we were driving, we realized that it was exactly one year to the date that we first visited The White Pocket. We didn’t plan it out this way, it just happened by coincidence.

After a quick stop in Page for some dinner we arrived at The White Pocket just a few short hours before sunset. We grabbed our cameras and started exploring this wonderful area. The light was just starting to get nice when we arrived and it only got better throughout the evening. Except for a short time close to sunset when one other person showed up for a little while, we had the place to ourselves.

If you love strange sandstone formations, this is the place for you!

Swirl by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s a long ‘wave’ bathed in warm afternoon light.

Long Wave by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Great views all around…

White Pocket View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


Oct 5 2012

Dallas Divide & Owl Creek Pass

Fall Colors 2012
Saturday & Sunday, September 29-30, 2012

This weekend Amanda and I went back down to the edge of the San Juan Mountains for one last weekend of photographing fall colors this year. We ended up spending most of our time along Owl Creek Pass Road and north of the Sneffels Range near the Dallas Divide. The fall colors near the Dallas Divide were probably a bit past peak, but still pretty nice, but the area around Owl Creek Pass still had quite a bit of green.

On Saturday morning we left Grand Junction bright and early so that we could make it to the Dallas Divide in time for sunrise. I took this photo shortly before the sun came up in the soft dawn light.

Hayden Peak Dawn by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s a similar photo after the the sun came up that shows the difference light can make to a scene.

Hayden Peak Sunrise by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After leaving the Dallas Divide we visited a few of the county roads in the area starting with West Dallas Creek. Here’s my Jeep under a tall golden aspen in Box Factory Park.

Box Factory Park by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr