Here’s just one of the many interesting views of the Painted Desert landscape that could be seen as I made my way from Phoenix to Page, Az on route US89…and of course, I had to pull over and snap a few shots for good measure!
This particular region of the state encompasses over 93,500 acres and stretches over 160 miles / 257km. It begins near the southeastern rim of the Grand Canyon and stretches to the Petrified Forest, about 26 miles / 42 km east of Holbrook, Az. Along the way, it grazes the backyard of the Wupatki National Monument Indian Ruins. The Painted Desert derives its name for the multitude of colors ranging from lavenders to shades of gray with vibrant colors of red, orange and pink. It’s a long expanse of badland hills and buttes, and although barren and austere, it’s beautiful in its own right. Not the first time I’ve taken this drive, and each time I do, it makes me think of the planet Tatooine from the original Star Wars movie…anyone seen my droids? :)
Today’s choice of picture was inspired by this one that Rosemary (SnapRJW) provided for us just a couple of days back. Worlds apart, but similar in nature.
Thanks for taking a look.
* With family coming into town through the weekend, I’ll once again most likely be slow in responding to everyone.
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HimalAnda (10671) 2013-12-04 3:00
Congratulations for this nice picture of an amazing place.
The panoramic format is a very good choice.
dta (82298) 2013-12-04 3:41
Hello Jason ,
Incredible landscape of coloured round hills .
Simply fabulous !
mirosu (16273) 2013-12-04 3:46
Excellent desert landscape photo in superb light, nice colors. I like the nice round forms and the excellent contrast against blue sky. The desert colors are very typical fort the part of your world. I've captured similar desert colors during flight over Nevada's Death Valley. You can see the photo here:
I've also some photos from your state:
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-04 3:51
Hi JC or should that be Skywalker ;-)
Big fan of Tatooine and also the glorious Painted Desert. Yep! Can see the comparisons here and it is an intensely beautifully executed shot. The perfect panorama and full of graceful undulations that look so stunning beneath a blue sky.
The textures and colours are of course just wonderful too, but it is your crop and light management that make this so amazing. One of the best shots I have seen of the Painted Desert as it is difficult to capture the atmosphere and uniqueness of the place, but this succeeds on all levels. Well done!
Enjoy your time with the family.
Hey! don’t go flashing your droids! :-p
rbassin (24313) 2013-12-04 3:51
un paysage hors du commun et d'une rare beauté.
C'est bien cadé dans ce format.
yquem46 (38752) 2013-12-04 4:55
First I was there, but long ago, lol !
Second, I saw almost the same but in Argentina, from where I'm just back, more or less, but my heart is still there !
Third, this is a real good one with these amazing colors and the rounded shapes of these hills
Bravo, all the best
Sergiom (88183) 2013-12-04 4:57
Vraiment très impressionnant comme paysage désertique. Ces bosses sont à perte de vue.J'aurais par contre aimé voir un élément qui aurait permis d'avoir une relation dimensionnelle quelconque.
ikeharel (78193) 2013-12-04 4:58
Desert scenery collected superbly, Jason.
No trees in sight, barren land and most amazing is the fact that there is not even one object to give scale to the vast area.
Fine clarity and DOF though.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-04 4:58
Beautiful barren landscape you have presented over here. I like the identical round shape and colors on the mountains. The mountains on the BG being yellow in color presents great contrast with the blue sky and the red mountains in the FG. Nice clarity and sharpness.
Very well taken. Thanks for sharing.
lousat (97497) 2013-12-04 5:18
H Jason,a very original place,we can see the work of the time on these hills,so stranges and so beautiful whit these colors typical of desert,a great capture with fine details and the best exposure,very interesting post,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-12-04 5:33
wow..what a place.love the curves and the colors and the mounds with an amazing pov.
Noel_Byrne (33588) 2013-12-04 5:54
to paraphrase one of our times greatest poets; my humps, my humps, my lovely lady humps.... Aaahh Fergie, the beauty of your verbosity knows no bounds.
Oh dear, I realize I am likening your fine capture here to rapper boobs, but I do so with great respect. It's a beautiful shot of a most unique landscape and the awesome colors show exactly what thisplace in named for. It must be incredible to drive by and have a display of nature like this. Thanks as always for sharing
baclama (18896) 2013-12-04 6:18
les merveilles de la geologie au service du photographe à moins que ce ne soit l'inverse!!!
chrislo (4097) 2013-12-04 8:26
There are so many fascinating places on Earth, and this is certainly one of the greatest that will leave their mark on you for life. This mineral landscape looks both so strange and beautiful with these rounded veined mountains powdered with amazing rusty red tones. A strikingly beautiful place.
worldcitizen (9348) 2013-12-04 11:31
Arizona sure is a strange place...giant holes...giant humps...what else have you got over there??!! :-) I don't know much about geology, and I wonder how these giant bumps form. Great and interesting view of this landscape. The various colors must be amazing to see in person.
cornejo (46708) 2013-12-04 11:37
Hi Jason, very good picture of these beautiful and interesting painted desert hills, beautifully captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-04 11:51
incredibile come queste geometrie possano creare una composizione così armoniosa nella quale non sole tali forme hanno rilevanza ma anche le loro colorazioni a confronto con uno splendido cielo .
Splendida nitidezza e contrasto perfetto.
Ciao e buona serata
macjake (72447) 2013-12-04 13:46
another cool landscape photo, you had to travel all the way to Mars to get this one eh? Just think of the airmiles! lol
When I travel through similar landscapes of vastness, I can't help but think about how many dead bodies are burried in their!! seriously!
I often think of that when i travel to Vegas, or with any large forest. And no, i'm not some serial killer lol...just one of those thoughts that goes through my head looking at such vast empty landscapes.
this shot is A+ in my books!
love the textures!!
how large are they? there's nothing for size/scale.
wicked shot....one of your best
nikkitta (17068) 2013-12-04 15:10
Hola Jason , mi amigo del Norte
When you are serious you manage to obtain and visit a landscape that seems been taken in another planet
Like the way tou composed and take it leaving at the back the yellow ones
As in Argentina this colors are given by the presence of minerals
So in a way North and South are not so diferent
And besides they also shared a a love for France
So not Paris but desert
Un saludo y que disfrutes con tu familia
mcmtanyel (28936) 2013-12-04 21:07
I am impressed by the gentle curves, the layers of colors and the sheer raw beauty of the place. Excellent composition & DOF, not to mention the light and color management. But these days cameras can handle focus and exposure quite well on their own, it really is the composition that impresses me, congrats!
fabbs99 (17179) 2013-12-04 21:13
Amazing shot of the dunes.Lovely colors and a great composition.I just love it.Thanks for sharing.Have great time.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-12-04 23:29
Des formations géologiques surprenantes et très bien photographiées dans ce format panoramique.
Royaldevon (43287) 2013-12-05 2:44
Coming from such a small country, the scale that you describe in your notes, is mind blowing!
This is such an unusual sight! The mounds are like huge pimples emerging from the ground, each with its own striated skin and colour pattern. Amazing!
The shot is beautifully presented, not over-sharpened nor over-saturated.
Have a great day,
PaulVDV (32587) 2013-12-05 12:24
A very nice range of beautiful rolling mountains in slightly varying colours.
The red tops look amazing.
I guess it is snow we see on the the farthest mountain range.
Best regards, Paul
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-12-05 22:40
Hello Jason - Your shot captures the beauty of the painted desert in a simple composition which shows the rounded forms of the landscape and its subtle colour shifts really well. I like this a lot, it allows the wonders of the natural world to shine. Warm regards Rosemary
Cricri (125786) 2013-12-05 23:35
Extraordinaire ces formations géologiques du désert, autant pour leurs couleurs, bon format, intéressante présentation
jhm (159891) 2013-12-06 4:17
Incredible what the nature can create
Excellent perspective, and depth picture.
Very well composition, colours and sharpness be superb.
Nice done, TFS.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-12-07 3:41
finally weekend my friend(I think I´m getting older and should not to do too many overtimes:)
Glad to hear you´re having a good time with your family this weekend.
And getting back to the subject-WOW-it´s your second shot from Arizona,that really delighted me!
Something we certainly not get to see in Europe and something,that for me looks like from other planet(really I have impression like it could be a scene from "Star Wars".The same feeling!)
Love it!starting from the landscape itself till the way you framed the scene(wide panoramic format was a great choice!)
Enjoy your weekend my friend
serp2000 (45828) 2013-12-07 3:44
Another interesting discovery in Arizona! These hills remind me an attraction for a scateboards. But I can't understand is it a hard of soft condition? Thanks, Jason!
Well this is my last comment today!
See you later again!
mesutilgim (97474) 2013-12-07 14:46
Another topclass capture from Arizona of this interesting formations.
Almost like a modern artwork.
TFS and have a nice weekend
danos (103082) 2013-12-08 9:29
a really fascinating scenery with the hills from this section of the painted desert to be just perfect.
I like the created texture from the hills as the excellent presentation of this miracle of Nature.
npecanhuk (78475) 2013-12-11 17:54
Very interesting, truly unique and certainly attractive landscape!
Beautiful picture too!
Slim horizontal format, colors, light and composition really pleased me here!
TFS - congrats,
delpeoples (59772) 2013-12-13 2:02
I love the simplicity of this and totally get why Rosemary's photo inspired this one. Love the colours, the strong contrasts and the textures. The minimalism makes it almost an abstract work of art. There used to be a lovely lady here on TE called Claudia (BlueRaven) who posted photos of the American desert very similar to this. We used to joke that she's caught a bad dose of Abstractosis. Pity she doesn't still post, but I'm glad to see you following in her footsteps. Have you seen the photos of Waylim? His desert shots blow my mind and another guy who used to post here but now runs photographic tours in the American desert and posts on Photofolia called Pete Bohringher. Have a look at their stuff and it will inspire you too!
Cheers, hope you're misbehaving!
emka (106608) 2013-12-14 4:27
awesome landscape of this painted desert. Arizona and Utah are the most amazing places on Earth. I suppose I was not far from there and had no idea about it. I looked at the map, I went through Flagstaff. Sometimes when we went in Arizona we thought that nothing would surprise us anymore but next moment was something quite different what we saw before. How could you not explore the area and wait for Serghei to see Grand Canyon??
it is a pity I haven't known you before and now it is so far..
It would look more impressive in large format, just for the whole screen.
best regards Malgo
Gigidusud (21247) 2013-12-16 23:20
Amazing landscape with nice colors and great choice for the panoramic format. A real painting! I like it!
Have a nice week my friend,
korbee (6619) 2013-12-24 14:57
Wauw very nice to meet you Jason!
I ve never seen this landscape in the US,it looks almost like a surrealistic moonland,this proves again hoe diverse and different your country is!
I wish you and your family nice days to come and a healthy newyear for you and your beloved ones
Waylim (25436) 2014-01-14 9:22
Excellent shot of the strang and Mars like landscape. Great choice to crop out too much sky and/or foreground to rid of unwanted things to allow us to focus more on the gray and red painted hills. Arizona is really a wonderful place to drive through though sometimes seem like much of nothingness. But if look carefully there are plenty, especially for photography. Congrats.
fritzi007 (12414) 2014-10-03 13:16
fascinating landscape, well done!