Saturday & Sunday, November 10-11, 2012
The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO
For a little over a year now I’ve been pretty obsessed with exploring and photographing the unusual and spectacular sandstone formations of The Paria Plateau. I’ve been to Coyote Buttes North five times, Coyote Buttes South two times, and the White Pocket three times and have come back with some nice images and had a lot of fun. There is just so much to see up there I could probably spend a lifetime exploring the area and not see it all. Unfortunately, I feel it’s time for me to take a little break from this area so I can concentrate on exploring some other areas on the Colorado Plateau for a while. This will probably be my last trip report from The Paria Plateau for a little while. Don’t get me wrong, I might head back down there once or twice next year, but I certainly won’t be driving down six or seven times like I’ve done this past year.
After work on Friday, Amanda and I started our drive south down to Page once again. There were some pretty good storms moving through the area which slowed us down a little and gave us some very strong winds to drive through. We eventually made it to our hotel, just a little later than I had anticipated. We quickly got to bed so I could be up bright and early for the sunrise on Saturday morning.
Since I had no plans to get up super early and hike into Coyote Buttes North before sunrise, I decided to head over to Horseshoe Bend for the sunrise while Amanda slept in a little later at the hotel. I had the place to myself for the sunrise which was a pleasant experience. About 20 minutes before the actual sunrise there was a nice glow that lit up the sandstone.
Horseshoe Bend Dawn by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
My shadow on the golden sandstone as the sun rises behind me.
Long Shadow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
I just love warm morning light on sandstone, which there is no shortage of here.
Sandstone Sunrise by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
After returning to the hotel, Amanda and I had some breakfast and then drove over to the Wire Pass trailhead so we could start our hike to Coyote Buttes North and The Wave. This would be my fifth visit to the area and Amanda’s third. It was actually just one week over a year since we first visited The Wave together. It was pretty cold out and the wind was blowing pretty good, but it was turning out to be a great day for photography with plenty of clouds moving through the sky and constantly changing light, which are some of my favorite conditions!
As usual, we first hiked to The Wave to get a few photos before the shadows would get in the way. I actually climbed up above The Wave first for this shot.
Above The Wave by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
A typical Wave photo.
Lovely Lines by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
A closer look.
Lines & Curves by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Amanda took this photo of me before we moved on.
Cold Day at The Wave by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Climbing up to the top of Top Rock I stopped for a quick photo of this formation that reminds me of a barber’s pole.
Barber Pole by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
My next destination was the intriguing sand dune alcove. I had spotted this alcove from above back in February, but didn’t have time to visit it then. I was looking forward to an in-depth visit and wasn’t disappointed! Here’s a view of the sand dune from inside the alcove.
Sand Dune Alcove by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
If you look closely at the top of the dune, you can see sand blowing off the top of it. It was very windy in this alcove, and it’s no surprise that a dune has formed in here. The stripe in the sandstone behind the dune is pretty cool, too.
Wind by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
I spent some time inside the alcove photographing the interesting lines and shapes found here, and the reflected light created some nice warm colors. I just had to wait a few times when the sun went behind some clouds. Here’s a few of the abstract images I created inside.
Concurrent by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr