John & Anne Wiley

2014/06/08

Strange Colors

Filed under: 4C Adventure,Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Inner World,Nature — John @ 18:25

Back on that day we flew out of Page, AZ toward Cortez, CO looking for a safe path across broken terrain, there were strange colors.

8639 Colors & Caves

8639 Colors & Caves

The camera couldn’t seem to capture the colors, but the rock was really interesting here far from roads. The caves accented alternating layers of whitish lines eroded from the sandstone. The shapes made a magical topographic effect in many places.

8646 Topo Tumult

8646 Topo Tumult

When we finally approached the edge of Monument Valley, the colors had shifted and the air was more laden with dust but the views were still striking.

8695 Into Monument

8695 Into Monument

Off to the left of these buttes was a lonely spire, small by Monument Valley standards yet towering far above the trees at the bend in that dry creek bed.

8708 Tiny Giant

8708 Tiny Giant

I seem to alternate between enchantment with the arid spirit of this place, and fascination with what geologic forces could have possibly left that thin spire in a miles-wide valley.

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