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Arizona’s Gila Box   1 comment

Wildflowers carpet the hillside at Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area. The 23,000-acre area is truly an oasis in the desert with four perennial waterways that are the lifeline for this remarkable place. The Gila River canyon section, known as the Gila Box, is composed of patchy mesquite woodlands, mature cottonwoods, sandy beaches and grand buff-colored cliffs. Bonita Creek – popular for birdwatching, hiking and picnicking – is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores and willows. Cliff dwellings, historic homesteads, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds make this year-round watery Arizona spot worth the drive. Photo by Bob Wick. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 4/5/17.

Posted May 13, 2017 by henrymowry in Photography

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Arizona Vista   Leave a comment

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument   2 comments

From the Bureau of Land Management’s Tumblr post, 1/22/16. Photos by their employee, Bob Wicks.

Some of my favorite photo locations are in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, located in northern Arizona along the Utah border. The area contains colorful sculpted rock formations that are beyond description.  Most famous is “The Wave” which has a very limited number of entry permits issued through a lottery to protect its unique and fragile features.  However, South Coyote Buttes (permit required) and the White Pocket (no permit needed) offer equally spectacular and unique formations.  The area offers year-round photo opportunities, although winter access to remote locations may be blocked by snow, and back roads become impassible when wet at any time of year. Summer visitors should bring plenty of water and plan outings to avoid the unrelenting mid-day sun.

Photo tip: The many slickrock basins hold water at certain times and provide for great reflections of the adjoining formations. To capture water reflections, photograph in early morning and late evening when glare is lower and the water is more likely to be calm.  Optimally the sun should be shining on the subject that is being reflected.  Interesting skies with textured clouds also make excellent reflection subjects.

The Vermilion Cliffs themselves form a dramatic rampart in the southern part of the monument and offer endless photo angles. Make sure to stop at the California condor release site, just two miles up House Rock Road from the main highway. The majestic condors are visible year-round at the site which is used to reintroduce them into the wild. A very long telephoto lens is needed to get good photos of the condors.

Photo tip: The “golden hour”, such as the time close to sunrise and sunset, almost always offers the best light for photography and this is especially true in the Vermilion Cliffs and other areas of the Colorado Plateau. Here the rock colors come alive with vibrant reds, oranges and golds with low sun angles, but become washed out during the mid-day.  Photographing with sidelight (camera pointed 90 degrees from the sun) will ensure that you have more texture and three dimensional qualities to your images.

Posted January 23, 2016 by henrymowry in Photography

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The Wave   Leave a comment

One of the most beautiful geologic formations in the world: The Wave in Arizona. Photo by Phillip Noll. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior,

It’s one of the most beautiful geologic formations in the world. The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located near the Arizona–Utah border, on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, on the Colorado Plateau. Photo by Phillip Noll. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 11/21/15.

Posted December 2, 2015 by henrymowry in Photography

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Coyote Buttes   Leave a comment

Coyote Buttes in Arizona is a spectacular scenic beauty. Local and international hikers alike are drawn to Coyote Buttes' colorful, swirling masses of stone -- complex geologic formations that lie exposed like no place else on earth. The Coyote Buttes are part the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness -- one of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands, which protect areas that are significant to America's cultural history. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. Posted on Instagram by the US Department of the Interior, 2/17/15.

Coyote Buttes in Arizona is a spectacular scenic beauty. Local and international hikers alike are drawn to Coyote Buttes’ colorful, swirling masses of stone — complex geologic formations that lie exposed like no place else on earth. The Coyote Buttes are part the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness — one of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands, which protect areas that are significant to America’s cultural history. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. Posted on Instagram by the US Department of the Interior, 2/17/15.

White Pocket   Leave a comment

The Milky Way over Arizona's White Pocket. Photo by David Lane. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 12/17/14.

The Milky Way over Arizona’s White Pocket. Photo by David Lane. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 12/17/14.

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The Wave: White Pocket

Posted December 19, 2014 by henrymowry in Photography

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The Setting Sun   Leave a comment

 

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The Wave   1 comment

A stunning view of the Wave in the Paria Canyon - Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness - uncropped and unenhanced.  Photo: Adam Marland. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 1/3/14.

A stunning view of the Wave in the Paria Canyon – Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness – in Airzona. Photo is uncropped and unenhanced.
Photo: Adam Marland. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 1/3/14.

The Fourth Season   Leave a comment

Arizona's Chiricahua National Monument. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 11/25/13.

Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 11/25/13.

Posted December 21, 2013 by henrymowry in Photography

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Sedona: To The East   3 comments

Everyone knows to go to the top of Airport Road to see the rocks to the west of Sedona … but that’s actually not the best show at sunset.  To see the setting sunlight on rocks, you need to look to the east of Sedona … which is visible from the top of the hill above a tiny parking lot on the east side of Airport Road, about a half mile above 89A. The hike is only a couple of hundred feet … vertically … and then you overlook the valley to the east, so you see the light from the setting sun.

The parking lot is tiny.  Be early, and be careful!

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Sedona: Bell Rock

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Sedona: Cock’s Comb

Posted March 23, 2013 by henrymowry in Photography

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