April 7, 2015 Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.

A Morning Trip into the Park

Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.

I was out and waiting at the gate to get into the park by 7 AM, hoping to catch the last few rays of golden light.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.

Some shots I couldn’t get yesterday afternoon because of the sun’s position overhead were available in the early morning light. I pretty much had the entire park to myself this early in the morning.

Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.

Looks like someone was stacking firewood below the rocks here. As the rock formations erode over the eons, they release the chunks of petrified wood entombed in the rock, here they are accumulating at the bottom of the slope.

Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.

Here’s a good example, if you look carefully at the right edge of the image you ail see a couple of chunks of petrified wood exposed in the rock about a quarter of the way up the slope. In the foreground you can see an accumulation of petrified wood at the base of the sandstone formation.

Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Petrified Forest N.P.
Two Pronghorns
Two Pronghorns

One of the advantages to being an early riser is you are out and about while the animals are still out grazing, before they bed down for the day.

Three Pronghorns
Three Pronghorns
Cottontail
Cottontail
Cottontail on the Run
Cottontail on the Run

 

This guy was initially hoping I didn’t notice him in the shade alongside the trail, but when I stopped to snap a shot, he must have decided he had been seen and fled to the safety of a nearby bush.

The Painted Desert in a Different Light

Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert
Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert

The morning light made quite a difference in portions of the Painted desert.

Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert
Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert
Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert
Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert
Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert
Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert
Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert
Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert
Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert
Petrified Forest N.P. Painted Desert

By 10 o’clock the light was getting a little harsh and the crowds were starting to come through, so I returned home to start processing images. It always amazes me how folks apparently have no idea what the effect of light has on the colors and textures of any landscape, not just these here in the desert. 99% of the tourists here and in most places I photograph are just arriving when the light has become too harsh for me to shoot .. and obviously they are missing the best part of the show, and probably don’t even realize it.

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