Mark Venner Photography
Fine Art Photography & Hardwood Framing
If we limit our vision to the real world, we will forever be fighting on the minus side of things, working only to make our photographs equal to what we see out there, but no better.
- Galen Rowell, Mountain Light 1986
Quick Trip Report for The Wave (Coyote Buttes North, Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness)
It is hard to know where to begin, so I will begin with a few random thoughts and then expand from there. Yes, this area is globally known and travelled; but no, that didn't take away from the absolute beauty once we arrived. When we were there we ran in to fellow adventurers from all over the world, each with a great story. It was the first place I went where I saw a park ranger, and frequently. My perception of the permitting process has completely changed; from loathe to respect. I plan to be back in November, when I was lucky enough to land another permit. Yes, the colors are as amazing as they look. No I didn't alter the the colors of the photographs, only adjusted contrast (and even then not much). Yes, the colors change dramatically in dawn light vs the often photographed mid-day light.
A more complete, and not so random, guide to be published soon.
Quick Trip Report for Coyote Buttes South
The colors of Coyote Buttes South are absolutely brilliant and amazing. We were lucky enough to make the trip shortly following a large rainfall, so were treated to some awesome water pockets in the sandstone. We also thought this made the road a lot easier to navigate, although it was still a bit on the "fun" side. I can definitely see why a high clearance 4WD vehicle is a requirement; and experience driving in sand a must. We stayed the night and were able to see dusk / dawn colors along with mid-day light. One thing we didn't see was another person, which was fun. There was a lot to explore, and I hope to make it back.
As with any quick trip report, a more full analysis and guide is coming soon.
Don't be confused by this track, it is us making it from the trailhead to the formation and then wondering around. Trailhead is only about .5 miles from the formation, but it is easy to rack up the miles if you enjoy exploring sandstone!