Gals on the road.

Before we traveled I found out that it would be impossible to get to the ‘wave’ due to a ballot system allowing only 10 people in a day, but when arrived in Kanab, we were informed that we could apply for a lottery right there in Kanab. So the excitement mounted.

An early morning start at the tourist bureau and along with about 22 other people gathered in expectation we were advised of the danger of the 6 hour trip into the wilderness to get to the wave. The ranger was quite adamant and almost a prophet of doom explaining the dangers of taking the hike. My friend Lisa felt she would be unable to manage the trek but urged me to realize my dream

The first number pulled out had  6 people in the party, the second, 2 and then my number came up. l was the 9th, and the next one had two….. so 11 people in all.

I was so excited and I purchased the things I needed to undertake a safe trek. The cameras were ready, (4 of them) everything charged and then, down came the rain. It rained all night and the forecast was for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and flood warnings…

I was really disappointed. We did attempt to get into the Canyon, but the roads were too slippery and we had to give in to common sense and the fact that we were putting ourselves in danger…… darn it.

So, the next best plan.

Several years ago  I visited Bryce canyon in Utah with a friend but time only allowed us a short visit, (actually it was a peak over the rim) so this year, based in Kanab, we had an entire day to spend exploring. Of course we needed more time, but that’s all our schedule allowed.

Photography is my passion and I was keen to capture the light and ambience of this majestic place. However, I really wanted to see and photograph the ‘wave’ formation of rocks. The formation is situated on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness of the Colorado Plateau.

The rest of this blog is a photographic explanation of our visit.

The storms were raging around us, lightening splitting through the clouds and the claps of thunder rolled and resonated through the canyon.









17 Comments Add yours

  1. Teresa Hartman says:

    Brilliantly shot. Beautiful, beautiful photography.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Thank you do much for your comments

  2. Lou Ann Schlichter says:

    What glorious skies you had to photograph! The contrast of grey and the rough, orange, pointed canyon walls is spectacular! Love the trees too, both weathered & green. So sorry you couldn’t get to the wave. 🙁
    Reminds me of the camera shoot I did of rare snowfall in Ventura County, CA and discovered I had no film in the camera.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Oh no….. thank goodness we don’t have to use film any more… but one does have to think about the battery charging and cards !!! its all changing.

      1. Lou Ann Schlichter says:

        I jumped on digital! I hope you find your computer, soon!

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  4. TammiD says:

    Amazing! I really enjoy your photos and the stories you tell along with them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Oh, thanks so much, I'[m lucky that I can share.

  5. bonnieb2 says:

    Amazing, speechless! Gotta go there!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      That’s how I felt too.

  6. flossypatchedbritches says:

    Oh! Marvellous! What great photos, Pam. Glad to see you grasp the opportunity to visit this beautiful sight. Thanks for sharing. Stay safe & may your adventure continue to reveal such places.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      It was amazing to be able to visit theses places I count myself very lucky.

  7. Thanks for sharing, amazing pictures!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed them.

  8. Wendy in Kennewick says:


  9. glendajean says:

    Dear Pam first Incrediable photos you sure caught the power of this place. Second I do hope you get to see the wave One day I would love to see it through your cameras eye then the drawings and finally the quilt????? Cheers Glenda

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Hi Glenda I missed out on the wave because of the dangerous storms, we couldn’t risk it, I was really disappointed, but then again there are worse things in life.

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