Here is pretty good shot of the desert looking north.
And here is a computer constructed panorama from 3 photos looking in a general easterly direction.
Heading south into the park one of the first draws is Newspaper Rock. This is a couple of very large boulders covered with petroglyphs (etchings in rock).
Visitors are not allowed down to the rocks unless it is after hours with a hired guide. From the overlook I used my 100-400mm zoom lens to get in close for this snapshot.
Blue Mesa is a large scenic area with some concentrations of petrified wood. It is made up of sedimentary rock called conglomerate. The conglomerates are layers and layers of cobbles & pebbles. They were laid down some 225 million years ago.
Here are a few views of the area. The tilting formations were very interesting.
In one area some of the layers have taken on a pinkish tone.
Logs of petrified wood are throughout the Blue Mesa area. As the hills erode the wood is laid bare. It begins to stick out from the surrounding rock & sand. With more erosion it cracks from its own weight and slides down the hill.
This particular rock fall was quite spectacular. It is ISO 640, f20, 1/400th of a second, 35mm focal length on the 24-105mm lens.
That’s all for now. There may be one more email from this trip before I run out of photos.