A picture postcard sample of the stunning red rock landscapes found in the Sedona, Arizona area. Scroll down to view an audio-visual slideshow of this geological wonderland.
Sedona, Arizona, is a uniquely scenic area showcasing stunning geological formations, and the subject of many a photograph, by myriad photographers. While visiting a friend in Phoenix, I had a little time to drive around Sedona and capture some images. Sometimes, photography is about what you get, in terms of weather, lighting, time of day. In this case, I was offered a partially overcast sky with scattered clouds giving a nice, soft, diffused lighting effect.
“The deep red color for which Sedona is famous is due to the presence of hematite (iron oxide, otherwise known as rust) that stains the sandstone of the Schnebly Hill and Hermit Shale layers. The steepness of the terrain is due the fact that the top layers of the strata are composed of basalt and limestone, which are harder than the underlying sandstone. Water running off the edge of the escarpment eats away at the lower layers, creating the shear cliffs. Eventually enough soft material is weatherd away that it undercuts the cap layer, which subsequently breaks off in large slabs and falls into the canyons. This exposes new soft material and the process starts again, with the cliff face now twenty-odd feet further north than it was before.” – Arizonaruins.com