Gordon Smith: Self-Portrait in a desert window
Near Melody Arch in the Wave, there is an enormous window in the rock itself. Against the morning light on distant teepees, I sit contemplating the wondrous beauty.
The sharp angles of this arch conform to the distant desert rocky peak.
Desert Four O'clock
is the name of this beautiful purple flower I discovered amidst the lava rock.
Twisted Floor of White Pocket
White Pocket Natural Pools
Looking down from atop a brain rock, the pools of White Pocket are very inviting on a hot day. They are also beautiful. If you don't mind sharing with a couple of tadpoles, the pools are fabulous.
Pool of White Pocket
Full after a summer rain and lit up beautifully at sunrise.
White Pocket Pools
After a summer monsoon, all the sandstone pools filled up with stunning green water. These pools are all over the desert. This photo shows two. They make White Pocket more beautiful than ever. These small pools are about double the size of a bathtub and great for a summer swim.
Double Desert Rainbow
Arching over Red Mountain (Ivins, Utah), a colorful double rainbow appeared after a spring storm. The clouds, light and color were fantastic. Adding to the beauty, wildflowers were blooming! I love Utah!
Perhaps my favorite photograph from Yant Flat. This shot of a solitary tree on a sandstone hill reminded my of another tree in East Zion. Although both are wonderful, I prefer this lonely tree. I spotted him from a great distance.
Mother nature never ceases to impress me with such beautiful sandstone formations.
This solitary teepee amidst the higher Paw Hole plateau of Coyote Buttes South catches the first rays of light. Some rain had fallen just before dawn and the clouds started to disperse for the day.
Desert life extremes make even small growing bushes struggle to survive the rock terrain. But the lovely view and arch at this location make it special to me. This arch is un-named in the Valley of Fire state park
Little Mosquito Arch
in the morning with dawn glowing light and wispy clouds
Petrified Dunes at Sunrise
Snow Canyon State Park
Small Tree and Reflection
from Snow Canyon State Park. I like this telephoto landscape with the lovely picturesque tree and distant white cliffs
Big Brain Rock
Brain rocks are common features of white pocket and fun to walk all over as you explore this hiking paradise.
Portal Arch in the Morning
Taking a guess that this site would be best in the morning light, I hiked in before dawn. Luck was with me this day and light clouds like cotton candy dotted the sky. Portal Arch received the morning light a glowed beautifully.
Desert Bighorn Sheep in Valley of Fire
Sunrise without Clouds
in Snow Canyon state park. This small pool and vegetation set amid the sandstone formed a beautiful pocket of life
Blue Clouds over Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Deep Crack made by wind and water lead from the top of this mountainous brainrock to the lower sandstone pools below. This fuzzy cloud in the sky added variety to the deep blue sky.
Brainrocks in the Clouds
White Pocket brain rocks abound throughout the Paria plateau. This stitched shot of these rocks and the wonderful sky was taken with 17mm tilt shift lens (5 frames) and really shows the immense rock surfaces that blanket the region.
Yant Flat Sunrise Panorama
Sunrise over the undulating sandstone hills of Yant Flat are as impressive as any sunrise I've seen anywhere.
Serious southwest photographers need to add Yant Flat to the long list of places to see. I loved my first visit and plan to return again and again.
Window without Glass
This triangular arch formed a stunning window to the desert surround the Valley of Fire state park.
Portal Arch in Valley of Fire
Desert Four O'clock Closeup
I discovered this beautiful purple flower amidst the lava rock.
Orange Walls and White Pockets
Flowers Past Bloom
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
White Pocket: a mixture of wonderful pool that fill after a summer monsoon rain and the weirdest brain rocks of the whole southwest. Here, a cut in the top white rock layer reveals a deep orange sandstone layer beneath.