Wave, Paria Canyon, Arizona, USA

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Elena Omelchenko on September 24, 2011

"The Jurassic Navajo Sandstone Formation is the foundation of Coyote Buttes (and the Wave). Nearly 200 million years ago, this region was a sandy desert where huge dunes migrated across the landscape pushed by seasonal winds. Prevailing winds of that ancient Jurassic time can be determined by examining the cross-bedding (layers) in the sandstone. What we see today are some of the original crossbedded dunes shaped into dramatic landforms and exposed by erosion from eons of runoff. The spectacular ribbons of various colors called Liesegang Bands, were formed by movement and precipitation of oxidizing materials such as iron and manganese by ground water. Thin veins or fins of calcite cut across the sandstone, adding another dimension to the landscape." (From Wikipedia)

absolutely fantastic.... your gallery is added in my favorite's list.... like 1st for this one

Hal Janzen on September 24, 2011

Elena, These first three photo are excellent photos of the wave with a great sky. I LIKE all three. Best wishes from Los Angeles, Hal

Jong Soo Choi on September 24, 2011

Very nice composition!!!Good shot.

Like + F

From Jose Choi, Korea

Christos Theodorou on September 25, 2011

Amazing beauty, very well captured! - Kind regards from Athens

Marek Kleman on September 30, 2011


SMilanS - NO VIEWS !… on October 3, 2011


Stefka Gorgorova on October 4, 2011

Very beautiful photo! LIKE and VOTED!

Best greetings from Bulgaria, Stefka

Annelies Vink on October 5, 2011

Wow, amazing shapes and colours, a fabulous place! LIKE


François Roux on October 6, 2011

Fantastic place and picture ! like ! Best greetings. François.

KellerHias on October 10, 2011

Great! Voted!

ஐڵλ£ԼĂॣଯ on October 13, 2011

Wonderful nature. like #11

Best wishes, JALLA

Tomek Amun on October 13, 2011

Awesome series from Arizona! I'm tottaly impressed.

Pictures are amazing.


Greetings from Poland, Amun.

Very nice shot, excellent image! VOTED & Like! Best regards from Athens. Nikos

Geezer Vz on October 15, 2011

Wow! What a scene! It looks like something someone would do with Photoshop trickery. I didn't know we had anything like this. Now I've got to come see it. Like! Voted. Guy

Elena Omelchenko on October 16, 2011

Geezer: thank you for commenting my Wave photo. There is no Photoshop tricks in my photo, it is real sandstone formation! It is fragile, and they allow only 10 people per day into the area... Permits to visit Wave could be obtained through a lottery. I was buying a lottery every month for 3 years before I won! Good luck! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheWave,Arizona

aticank Nikolay Kole… on October 18, 2011

Fantastic photo! L16 + F5!

Welcome in my group "Rock formations"!

Regards from Bulgaria! Nikolay

americatramp.the2nd on October 18, 2011


Elena Northroup

Really Great shot!



Good luck

The heartiest greetings, Christian

Sandy065 on October 21, 2011

Got my vote here - Great image!

zoran.v. on October 21, 2011

Great photo. L+F. Greetings Zoran

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 24, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Elena Omelchenko
    • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
    • Taken on 2011/07/23 17:50:52
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 10.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash