Red Hollow day hike Tuesday morning

6:30 p.m. on October 23, 2013 (EDT)
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On Tuesday (yesterday) I went on a 3 hour day hike along a canyon just east of Orderville called Red Hollow. Its a red and white sandstone natural formation with a 1/4 miles narrow slot canyon at its upper end. Below are pictures from the hike. The colors of the sandstone and of the different tree leaves in Autumn hues was very beautiful as you will see.


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The White Cliffs above the canyon are part of the Grand Staircase Nat Monument making up one of the many layers between Bryce and the Grand Canyon.


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This is the entrance road to the canyon


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I am now in the main lower wash of Red Hollow, the formations above are soft sand compressed together. The clouds look as tho they were brushed across the sky above
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More of the wash is visible here below the sand fins


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I liked the shadows of the trees along the wash


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At the mouth of Red Hollow the namesake red sandstone begins to show with the White Cliffs above rising about 1000 feet base to top


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The "hollow" starts to come into view topped with junipers,cedars and pinion pine and also ponderosa pine


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More air brushed clouds and a sandstone formation with a round shadowed hole


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Closer view of the sandstone hole


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More clouds and upper formations


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And more from farther up the canyon


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Gamble Oak in Fall color and the V shaped hollow coming more into view


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Eroded sandstone that was once sand dunes 1000's of feet high


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A dry Gamble Oak leaf dances in the wind along the red sand


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More eroded sand stone dunes line the canyon hollow walls


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Same from father away


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A side canyon looks interesting, lets explore it


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A long dead juniper stump still clings to the sandy hill side


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It was early morning about 9 am when I started up the canyon hollow, now I am in the shade of the cliffs from the sun


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A old juniper shadowed against a red cliff wall


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A dead yucca stack and leaves


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Prickly Pear cacti and flowers in the sandy soil


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Old tree leans out from its once high perch on a eroded sandstone dome


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Canyon walls in shadow and light


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A sandstone bowl depression harbors flowers


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Sandstone blocks have eroded into the canyon from high above


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A piece of iron rusts and stains the sandstone it embedded in


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A tall graceful ponderosa and a juniper stand on benches along the canyon


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A sandstone cliff arch and yellow sycamore trees


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A pillar of stone hides a small cave and  yellow sycamore


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Strong shadowed wall still hide from the sun


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A small sycamore lined sandy side canyon


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Step like eroded sandstone canyon narrows


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Bright sunlight outside the hollows narrows glows bright


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The inner canyon is a small labyrinth of twists and turns as rushing flood water has eroded the stone


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Mixture of trees scattered along the eroded sand dunes


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Red sandstone and red Gamble Oak contrast each other against a blue autumn sky


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One last look back at the hollow and fall colors...

11:09 p.m. on October 23, 2013 (EDT)
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I shot 160 pictures Tuesday, if anyone would like to see more just let me know and I will post more.

Photography has been my greatest passion since I was 12 years old with my first Kodak 110 film camera. I didn't get my first 35 mm camera till I was 22 in 1978 while working in Anchorage Alaska. And I got my first DSLR in 2003.  I shoot a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with a 18-55 equivalent lens and use a circular polarizer filter which allows me to turn it and adjust the tone of the image, generally the sky.

6:54 a.m. on October 24, 2013 (EDT)
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Beautiful Gary. Thanks for showing this.

8:35 a.m. on October 24, 2013 (EDT)
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GaryPalmer said:

I shot 160 pictures Tuesday, if anyone would like to see more just let me know and I will post more.

Photography has been my greatest passion since I was 12 years old with my first Kodak 110 film camera. I didn't get my first 35 mm camera till I was 22 in 1978 while working in Anchorage Alaska. And I got my first DSLR in 2003.  I shoot a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with a 18-55 equivalent lens and use a circular polarizer filter which allows me to turn it and adjust the tone of the image, generally the sky.

 Your experience shows in both the framing and lighting of your pics.  As I have said before, you drive me crazy with all the UT shots because when I lived out west it was one of my favorite areas to visit and your pics really capture why it is such a special place.  Keep posting em!!

3:48 p.m. on October 24, 2013 (EDT)
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WOW!

6:54 p.m. on October 24, 2013 (EDT)
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I have company tonight but will post more images from the hike later. My company is from Spain/Italy a couple who I am hosting along their bicycle tour. They have been on the road cycling for 4 years.

11:41 p.m. on October 24, 2013 (EDT)
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Damn fine photos, Gary, and thanks as always for sharing them so generously. Don't get views like those back here in the Midwest!

11:31 a.m. on October 25, 2013 (EDT)
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A dead yucca stalk


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Sand streaks left behind after sand saturated water ran down the stone then evaporated leaving it behind


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A Sycamore tree begins to show signs of winters coming as its leave fall away against a red sandstone wall


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In the Red Hollow narrows I came to this first barrier, I used the stick to climb up and past the boulder. Its about 7 feet between the sand below and the top of the boulder.

I am hiking today on my day off taking the Spain/Italian couple out to show them some unknown areas around my home today.

6:55 p.m. on October 25, 2013 (EDT)
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I made this collage in an app called PicMonkey of some of my pictures from the Red Hollow Hike I did last Tuesday.

7:06 p.m. on October 25, 2013 (EDT)
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Great photos! Beautiful colors.

9:10 p.m. on October 28, 2013 (EDT)
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Near the beginning of the hike the sun was already high at around 9 am


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The entrance road goes to a water tank near and above the mouth of Red Hollow


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These soft sandstone fins are along the wash leading to the mouth of the hollow


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They are along an edge of sand dunes that extend the length of the White Cliffs east of Orderville


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One more look back on the fins with the early morning sun making long shadows of the trees along the wash


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The mouth of the hollow has this red sandstone and white cliffs looking mountain


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Looking up to the top of the White Cliffs and the trees there


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The clouds all day seemed brushed across the sky


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This feature in the sandstone was neat to see with its concave hole


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I took about 3-4 pictures of the feature


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Farther up the hollow looking back again


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Getting close to the mouth a Gamble Oak brightened by the rising sun shows its Autumn color


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Sandstone dune petrified and eroded


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A oak leaf tracks across the sand, note the transition between the soft sand and the sandstone here


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Stone cliff above the hollows entrance mouth


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A little farther back


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Looking back into the canyon


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A long dead Juniper stump clings to the edge as it dry rots away slowly


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Another Juniper shadows against the red stone background


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An old Yucca stalk drys and whithers as time goes by


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Prickly pear pads and flowers share the sandy soil


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The tree points the way


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A side canyon looms calling me to see its wonders, I must go...

That was image #25, I will add more of the images tomorrow.

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