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    Paria Canyon Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona — Bob Wick, Instagram Guest Photographer 

    About the photo: The red rock of the Colorado plateau contains some of the most photogenic landscapes anywhere on the planet. I especially love the area during the summer monsoon when dark clouds add to the drama of the landscape, and thunderstorms fill depressions with water forming reflective pools as shown in this photo.

    This diverse National Monument includes Paria Canyon with its towering walls streaked with desert varnish, huge red rock amphitheaters, sandstone arches, wooded terraces, and hanging gardens. The 3,000-foot escarpment known as the Vermilion Cliffs dominates the remainder of the wilderness with its thick Navajo sandstone face, steep, boulder-strewn slopes, rugged arroyos and stark overall appearance.  The variety of colors and textures in the rock formations within the wilderness are a photographers dream and constantly change with variations in light and weather. Parts of the area are accessible by passenger car while others require 4-WD vehicles. Unpaved roads may be impassible after rains.

    Camera Settings: Lens focal length: 18mm, aperture: f14, shutter speed: 1/15 second, ISO 100

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