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The Painted Desert - Petrified Forest National Park

Arizona, USA


These are not sand dunes but the result of rock erosion.


The very appropriately named Painted Desert is also part of the Petrified Forest National Park. It is located in the northeast part of the state of Arizona on a high (5,000 ft) desert plateau and extends beyond the park into the Navajo Nation. The park is somewhat odd, but interesting. Access is easy because Interstate 40 actually runs through the park with the Painted Desert being on the northern side and the Petrified Forest on the southern side of the highway. The summer can bring magnificent monsoon clouds, but the temperatures are often extreme (Expect every day to approach 100F and often 110F). We were lucky during our autumn visit with a moderate number of visitor, mild temperatures with some clouds. The air was wonderfully transparent. We were only there for a few hours on a return trip from Santa Fe, NM, but it was well worth the visit.


Most of the vistas within the park are expansive and without the impact of man made structures. In this particular one, it is unfortunate that some utility poles can be seen. I considered removing them, but decided that they are a reality and decided to let them stay.


Nikon D850

Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 VR at 46 mm

Single capture

1/200 sec at f/9.0 ISO 64

October 18, 2018

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