I honestly do not know how often I got to a place tucked in the middle of the Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness known by the name of White Pocket. It took me three attempts (DEEP sand) to be there for the first time in 2010. At my first five visits to this remarkable place I had the entire area just for me. Since than it has been an increasing amount of adventurers to found there and to share the area. My last visit, however was possibly my last trip. As I approached the “parking lot” I could not believe my eyes … 15 cars!!! As soon as I stopped the fully equipped off road rig, to find a parking space, my car was surrounded and besieged by some very determined people. All they wanted was help, as their cars got stuck in the deep sand. I was not given the freedom to do what I came for … take sunset, low-light photographs!
Long story short, I stayed there two nights and at the second evening I was left undisturbed to create my images. Nevertheless, despite all the adversities I returned home with some new compositions of the White Pocket.
Little advice to people who want to go there. Do NOT go if you do not know what you are doing. Some of the brilliant minds of who I rescued and went there with a rental SUV, started arguing with me about the designation of the "roads" leading to White Pocket. The discussion started when I told him that he was not supposed to be there with a rental car as these are not allowed to be used for off-road. He told me with a straight face: this is not an off road.
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Simply stunning image. I can't find words to describe it. It's like part of Planet Mars and the sky really enhances that feeling that it is out of this world. Like something we see in a scifi movie. I remember this location, I was here in the middle of the day.
I couldn't agree more with your advice for people who attempt to go there on their own. We rented a off road vehicle specifically for the trip and they know where were going, if they don't see us returning in 2 days, they will come find us. Anyway, even with the high clearance Jeep, we were almost stuck a few times. Lucky we had some rain few days prior that make the sand a bit more compact to drive on. We were with another camper at the time so not bad, that we don't run into each other that much.
This is an outstanding & beautiful picture. The rock color in accordance with sky: à couper le souffle.
I love that. I can understand what you feel about these guys coming with un-appropriate cars : we have the same here with the winter. OK it is not off road but sometimes lot of snow and we see people coming (trying to come in fact) up here with summer tires and blocking all the traffic. Every years the same :(.
A new fave for meA+
This seems to be not from our world. "Sculptor erosion" here created another incredible artwork and there's an incredible wave motion in these rocks. You perfectly "orchestrated" it in your fascinating photo. Strunning, really stunning ...!
Thank you for the most interesting and personal note - a great combination of picture and text.
Greetings from today grey, wet and foggy Germany! Autumn has arrived ...
The image is soooo bloody good, it’s a jaw dropper. Probably one of the best images I have seen from this place. Yes it’s like a kraken animal reaching around with the legs maybe saying “leave me alone”.
My opinion is that if we love a place, don't share the exact spot on photo platforms, don't mention ANY data. You can't give "sugar" and expect that others don't want to lick on it. Not that my images reach the same interest, but still, I easily leave out the place if I find it is "mine".
I have done semi smart stuff while driving in remote places, probably if it wasn't for B. pointing at the rental agreement and even more at the little clearance, I might be ending up in the deep sand myself, yet I am the one that easily panics ... don't laugh :-) It also reminds me of when it snows in Switzerland and people still have summer tires. I shake my head … and I definitely help. We all do stupid things sometimes.
Now that even drones fly to these places making photos and thousands of images are published of the same spots and even send GPS data with an upload, here we go, they arrive in masses. I am not surprised. One guy has left car tracks the other day on the race track in the Death Valley NP, it even came in our newspaper. It was a sad day and I had to think of the brilliant shot you once shared from this place and how much it has changed in the meantime.
Sounds like you had more of an adventure than you bargained for. I know just how frustrating it is when you think you have a place to yourself only to find others turn up, and while not minding others turning up, I do mind when they are loud, or disrespectful of the environment or just plain rude.
Despite being called the white pocket I see hardly any white :) but gorgeous tones and tints. In less then three weeks I will be in AZ.
The things some people do no longer surprises me. It wouldn't have even surprised me if there had been saloon cars trying to get there. It's like seeing people hiking up mountains in flip flops and vest tops.
This really is a breath-taking image. There is even a link between the swirling pink clouds and the swirls of the kraken's tentacles.
What you are telling makes me think about the similar thing which was happening last year when we were at White Pocket. It seems people are under estimating the sand roads.
I think I guess where you took the shot. The unity of colors between rocks and clouds is really making the shot and the composition is well balanced, what is not so easy to achieve with all the rock mushrooms all around.
This shot could be on the top of the ranking for your White Pocket series.
We don't know the scale of these rocks, is it a crop (I don't think so) or a general view of the white layers trying to mix with the red stones under a pink sky.
There will be always some silly persons thinking that everything is now easy, trekkking in the mountains in Tshirt or going on sea with no knowledge,, and they promptly call for help, risking the rescuers lives.
Esta é seguramente uma das mais belas fotos que eu já vi deste lugar e uma de suas melhores (se é que é possível dizer isto) imagens. Aqui você conseguiu uma profusão de cores e formas com uma luz sutil e um céu que parece o reflexo da terra. Um casamento perfeito. Lindas formas e cores e uma composição super original.
que coisa bonita! achei muito interessante a mistura entre os veios da rocha e suas cores e as cores e texturas do céu. quando estive nesta região dos states, lembro que passei nas imediações do vermillion, mas é claro que não paramos. tal como a itália tem milhares de palácios e igrejas para se conhecer, o oeste americano tem milhares de locais preciosos como esse que muita pouca gente irá desfrutar.