Despite the increasing adversities encountered getting to White Pocket at Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness I keep going back to this magical place.
Increasing adversities were two cars, which never should attempted getting there, got stuck in the deep sand. An overwhelming amount of people and tents brought in by local guide companies and their guides behaving like this is THEIR place. One of these guides had the nerve to harass me as I was there with two friends of mine, new to White Pocket, and I was showing them around. She thought she could scare me that the BLM might penalize me for taking friends and ‘guiding’ them around. Last but not least, a helicopter showed up in the late afternoon to rescue one of the many people roaming around and who injured herself to the point that she was not able to get back to the car and drive to the closest health care center.
The secret is trying to blend all this out, knowing exactly what you want to shoot and just wait until everybody is gone and use the low light.
One of THE most beautiful images of this place. As you point out, in the recent years the spot became famous with many images as a result, hence I have seen a lot of photos but not many have reached this quality. It pays out to let the crowds go home and heal their wounds - haha. The swirl in the foreground is the perfect teaser, beautiful the color of the sky with the dramatic clouds appearing over the ridge. Strange to hear that this kind of conversation goes on in the nature and I can't show folks my favorite spots. The Americans are usually very polite folks. But probably the demand for jobs is huge, the outdoor business is booming so I guess all these guys stand on each others foot. I am thinking of Moab - for example. Anyways, you found your way around this - returning with a pearl.
Ein magischer und faszierender Ort - ein Platz, der mit seiner Einmaligkeit wahrscheinlich gleichzeitig begeistert aber auch demütig macht. Dein Foto, das wunderbar mit dem Licht spielt und durch Licht und Schatten fast dreidimensional wirkt, wird diesem Ort wohl auf besondere Weise gerecht. Ein unglaubliches Kunstwerk der Erosion ...
Herzliche Grüße aus dem sommerlichen Deutschland!
This place never cease to amaze me, not matter how many times I see it from different people, different time of day, everyone has something special and unique to show...with different foreground, different light that give this place a whole different mood. The only thing I do wonder for a long time, and now you clarified is how crowned it is now, that I see more and more images popping up everywhere on various photography sites...When I was there, I saw couple of trucks leaving and only one other vehicle overnight with two people and two of us. So we had the whole place to our selves most of the evening and morning....even when we left in the later morning, no one else has yet arrived.
Excellent shot as always and the foreground make it more interesting and the low light still bring me back to the time when this places was still peaceful.
Stunning image of amazing rock formations from this place. I assume the bowl shape close to the centre is the "chalice". I love how the light seems to have picked out that part too.
Sadly tourists are ruining most of the beautiful places all over the world; just too many people chasing fewer places.