The Wave

The Wave is sandstone at its most psychedelic. The rock formation is located in Coyote Buttes North, on the Arizona/Utah border. It can only be visited by permit, of which just 20 are issued each day by lottery. I have tried for a permit before, unsuccessfully, but this time my number came up. In midwinter the sun only just reaches high enough in the sky to illuminate the whole rock formation. However, I prefer the more saturated colours created by bright, overcast conditions. This image was made in late morning as thin cloud covered the sun. I composed with a swirl of sandstone leading the eye from the foreground towards two further formations striated in contrasting directions. Excluding the sky and any familiar point of reference gives the resulting image an abstract quality.