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


2 Responses to “The Vermilion Cliffs to The Grand Staircase”

  • Iza Says:

    When I read your posts like this one, I wonder about the potsherds you see on the ground. Are they so ubiquitous that nobody picks them up anymore (I mean archeologists and scientist rather then turists)? Are you visiting such remote locations nobody was there before?

  • Randy Langstraat Says:

    At the well-visited sites, all of the potsherds have disappeared over the years. I try to explore remote areas that don’t see as many people, which has helped protect these artifacts.