Montana Outdoors

May 24, 2010

High desert landscapes

Filed under: Nature — Tags: , , — montucky @ 7:17 pm

There is some interesting and very pretty scenery in the border area of northern Arizona and southern Utah. Here are a few photos taken there last week when a small clearing occurred in the sky. On clear, sunny days the views there are very picturesque but on the day I traveled through the sky clouded up and was very drab. I was disappointed, but it couldn’t be helped. Maybe next time…

South of Page, ArizonaOn the Navajo Reservation south of Page, Arizona

South of Kanab, UtahSouth of Kanab, Utah

South of Kanab, UtahSouth of Kanab, Utah

South of Kanab, UtahSouth of Kanab, Utah

South of Kanab, UtahSouth of Kanab, Utah


  1. What gorgeous pictures! Rocks can be so beautiful!


    Comment by songofthewolf — May 24, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

    • Yes, there is much beauty in those rocky hills. I love the Montana mountains, but I love those desert hills too.


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

  2. WoW! Look at those skies & rock formations – Fantastic shots! I remember views like these when I traveled thru northern Arizona – BEAUTIFUL country!!!


    Comment by Tricia — May 25, 2010 @ 8:50 am

    • It sure is beautiful country. When I lived there I spent hundreds of days exploring the desert and loved every second of it.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

  3. I love the simple beauty of the desert – well captured. The cloudy skies make it look comfortable, not quite so hot.


    Comment by DaveABirding — May 25, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    • The clouds were nice for the temperature, but didn’t help with the camera. THis is a great time of year to see that part of the country though.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  4. Never had the pleasure of being here. Sorry about the weather you ended up with. I know how that feels but you did good with what you got, when you got it.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 25, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    • Scott, you would love a couple of the Parks near there, Bryce Canyon and Zion. They are a photographer’s paradise!


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

  5. Amazing to think of the earth’s forces that caused such rock formations.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — May 25, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    • It sure is, Bo! The shapes and colors and that they go on for so many miles. I think often of the Navajo who have always lived there.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

  6. Dramatic scenery, for sure. At least the sky was nice and blue.


    Comment by Candace — May 25, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    • Most of the day was cloudy but it was lucky that when it cleared for a few minutes I happened to be in that particular area.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

  7. these photos look great. just the kind of place kids dream of cowboys and indians roaming. (and probably rattlesnakes too!) very interesting scenery


    Comment by silken — May 26, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    • I’m not sure about the cowboys, but the photos taken in northern Arizona were on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Rattlesnakes… a certainty, although I didn’t have the good fortune to encounter one.


      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

  8. Fantastic scenery. I love rocks and these are gorgeous. Especially I like the last photo.


    Comment by sartenada — May 29, 2010 @ 3:04 am

    • There is a lot of scenery like this in the southwestern deserts. I never get tired of seeing it.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2010 @ 11:09 am

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