Welcome to The Wave

While hiking to The Wave you first cross a few miles of sandstone in southern Utah,then cross a sandy wash right on the Arizona border, then climb a sand dune, then sandy rock, and eventually arrive at the mouth of The Wave itself, which is what's pictured here. I think we were all due for a short break after reaching this point and even though we were eager to get into The Wave itself we had to stop here and take a few photographs.


The entrance to the wave itself is really as beautifully colored and shaped as the best known area, just about 50 feet further ahead (the main Wave can just be seen along the left edge of the frame here). After a rain water will pool here creating beautiful reflections of the sandstone walls while looking out into the open winderness beyond it. For us, however, the area was mostly dry - I think I'd personally prefer it this way.


Despite the wonderful color and shapes I had a hard time choosing a frame that I most clearly preferred from my shots here, and in the end settled on this frame as I preferred the prominent sweep of lighter sandstone sweeping into the frame from the bottom left. Be sure to check out other photos from Suad, John, and Scott who I did this trip with, or check out our group pool for more details.


Nikon D90 | Sigma 10-20@10mm | f/11 | 1/400s | ISO200 | Handheld

Automatt, Tammy M and 24 more people faved this
  • Tammy M 6y

    Beautiful tones and texture! Amazing capture~ Have a great week. :0)
  • Tammy M 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Favorite--Post 1, Comment 1, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • boris dehalu 6y

    This is a great picture!YOU HAVE MY VOTE! Please consider submitting this Beautiful shot to the The Great North American Wilderness Group.Collect 5 VOTES including ALL invites to receive a PIONEER AWARD.
  • miz bee 6y

    Wish I could go there in person. Thanks for sharing.
  • Virginia 6y

    Oh, it is wonderful. The textures are amazing!
  • Joanne 6y

    I can imagine it was difficult to choose
    with material like that !
    Ive been to Arizona and know its a photographers paradise
    but I just keep looking at your shot !
    Its ssssstunning !
  • CP Cheah 6y

    Good use of the Sigma lens. Nice lines!
  • Gerardo Coll 6y

    Neat, wonderful waves! Well done!!!! Superb!!!
  • popsy ramon (bzOFFmostOFtheTIME) 6y

    Wow! Given the opportunity, I'd like to see this place too.
  • Cecilia Dominici 6y

    wow, impressive shot.

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  • Frank-o Fotos 6y

    Great texture on the sandstone. I can't wait to get to Utah someday ...
  • t.sullivan photography 6y

    Very nicely composed. That curve created the perfect leading line. My favorite part is that little bit of blue sky at the top, such a great color to go with the sandstone!

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  • Jeremy Pierce 6y

    You captured some great detail in this shot Tyler. The colors are so rich. It's almost like I'm standing there myself looking up and watching the clouds roll over. Nice image!
  • Esther Cervantes 6y

    Wow so beautiful
  • Jim 6y

    Amazing! I'm sure I'll be posting very similar photos this week.
  • Jeff Engelhardt 6y

    fantastic composition . . . the lines are incredible . . !!!
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Taken on February 6, 2009
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