Last Tuesday the weather looked promising and I set out to spend another day in the desert. I gave myself a somewhat late start to enjoy the more angled light late in the day while out there, and together with much more dramatic weather than I would have expected, was treated to some quite spectacular moods.
My plan was to find a somewhat “hidden” sandstone dome near the well-known “Domelands” first and then find a more direct route to the very narrow slot canyon that I had only photographed with my phone last time. While there, I also wanted to make better photos of the incredible fossils, and then just explore a little bit more: follow that wash here, climb onto the mud hills, peek around a corner there, that sort of thing…
The gallery below contains only photos from this “explore a bit more” part of the day — and fifteen photos are a lot, I know… but the sheer variety of things one can find out there, combined with the incredible light and moods, was simply too good! I spent much more time than I expected and on the way back, had to hurry a little bit to make it to the car before it got too dark — the route involves some sections that I wouldn’t want to hike down with just a headlamp.
All in all, it was an incredibly rewarding and satisfying day, filled with strong winds, beautiful light, dramatic clouds, rumbling thunder, distant sheets of rain, swirling dust devils — and a double rainbow, on the way back. The photos of the narrow slot and the fossils are yet to come.
As a bonus, here’s another #LunchTimeLapse, with an appearance of yours truly. :) I’ve done these for a while now and a couple more are in my Vimeo profile — this time, I forgot the tripod adapter for my phone (and the beanbag as well) so I tried to secure the phone to the ballhead with a velcro strap. This included a) quite some cursing and b) resulted on some slight movements in the video… I hope you enjoy it, nevertheless.