ICELAND WATERFALLS: ALDEYJARFOSS, DETTIFOSS AND TWO ‘SECRET’ FALLS

ALDEYJARFOSS WATERFALL, ICELAND HIGHLANDS 

Waterfalls lovers the world over eventually make their way to Iceland, for the ubiqitious waterfalls in Iceland are both varied, spectacular and in close proximity. Here are four of my favorite images from a trip around this island nation, two well known falls, then two relatively unknown waterfalls delights. See the Iceland gallery on my website for more images from Iceland.

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THE WAVE, COYOTE BUTTES

Paria-Vermilliion Cliffs Wilderness Area, Utah, Arizona

This is ‘The Wave,’ an extremelyphotogenic, sandstone formation located on BLM land straddling the Arizona, Utah border, near Page, Utah. This area is unmarked on most maps, not part of any national park, and it is a three-mile hike one-way, on a partially cross-country route, yet despite the difficulty of reaching to the wave, sometimes hundreds of persons show up during the prime months to secure one of ten precious hiking permits issued each day to visit the Wave. The reason access is so severely limited is that the highly striated, uplifted and swirling sandstone layers you see in this image, the ‘brain rocks’ and other wonderfully odd rock formations in the area, are extremely fragile. The BLM has to restrict visits to protect the formations and carefully explain to each person securing a permit the fragility of the rock formations, the partially unmarked and off-trail route and the hazards of hiking in this area especially during the hot months. A gallon of water per day per person, is recommended to carry to the area. More than few persons have set out to see The Wave and never found it; others have lost their way back to the remote parking area, returning in the dark after lingering too long at this incredible spot.  See: other images of this area in my Southwest gallery.

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ROCK FACE, (GARGOYLE), LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON

Near Page, Arizona

Nineteen French tourists died one month after I made this photograph in 2009 in Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona, on the Navaho Reservation near Page.  They were trapped by a flash flood below a metal ladder leading lower down into this slot canyon, ten meters away from where I stood to make this image one month earlier. According to reports, this happened on a day just like the one on which I made this image. See other images like this in my Southwest gallery on my website, under Landscapes >Locations.

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THREE YUCCAS, SNOW ON WHITE SANDS White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.

We visited White Sands on a crisp winter day, shortly after a snow storm had passed. The sugary snow lingered on the north side of the Yucca plants and the higher dune lines, spotting the cream-colored dunes with pure white snow, a welcome surprise on this shoot.  Unlike dunes made of quartz-based sand crystals, the glistening white gypsum sand at White Sands can be walked upon comfortably at most times with bare feet, even in the hottest summer months. Continue reading “THREE YUCCAS, SNOW ON WHITE SANDS White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.”

MOSSY ROCK, LACE-LEAF MAPLE

Portland, Oregon

I captured this image over the first weekend in November, 2018, the day after a heavy rain in Portland. The recent rain darkened the branches and ‘bones’ of this lovely lace-leaf maple, (Acer Palmatum Dissectum), beautifully showing in this late-fall photo. See my website for full-resolution version of this image. Continue reading “MOSSY ROCK, LACE-LEAF MAPLE”