Brush Strokes

Patterns on sandstone, Butler Wash
Mineral stains, Butler Wash, Utah

The Colorado Plateau is a pretty dry place.  A desert to most.  Maybe 8″ of precip in many areas.  The water, when it comes, moves the meager mineral soils in surprising ways.  Gravity, wind and capillary action can make a plain rock wall into a canvas of beauty that would be at home in a fine art gallery.

Mineral stains on Navajo Sandstone
Navajo Sandstone, Escalante Canyon, Utah

 

Erosion forms, Crack Canyon
Wind and water create masterpieces, San Rafael Swell, Utah

Desert evokes a thin, hard place.  The canyons of  red rock country may be hard but they are anything but thin.

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