The painted desert covers a huge expanse of Arizona from the Grand Canyon to the Petrified Forest. It is vast landscape of rainbow coloured badland hills and buttes that resembles an abstract painting on earth’s canvas.
This particular section of the painted desert is inside the bounds of Petrified Forest National Park. I’ll have more on that tomorrow. For now, feast your eyes on these layers of clay and sandstone stacked like a delicious cake. The soft layers of earth allow a great deal of erosion and colourful staining by mineral deposits.
It was another white sky day during my visit so I focussed my attention on the patterns and textures of the landscape and did not include the sky in the frame.
It’s hard to imagine that this area was once covered with a thick lush forest, dinosaurs roamed the land, and at one time it was covered by ocean.