Rain Kettles, Sky Mirrors

It was the middle of November, just a couple of weeks ago, when southern Utah began to feel a bit wintry. Bev and I were van-camping, mostly at BLM dispersed sites, when the sky clouded over. Scenes like this one in the Valley of the Gods were intriguing but also ominous:

A theme began to take shape in my photographic forays. Eroded cavities in sandstone surfaces began to fill with rain and melted pellets of snow. These ephemeral pools soon became a favorite subject and I shot many photos of the reflective pools.

One morning following an evening of showers and brief snow squalls was sunny, if not very warm. I enjoyed seeing distant water-filled pockmarks in the tops of mesas:

This sign at a trail-head amused me:

The top of a natural sandstone bridge offered some unusual views, speckled arrays of reflective pools:

I’m guessing that within a few days the sun dried these kettles, but for a few days the creatures of the rocks had plentiful water!




Filed under Photos, Travels

7 responses to “Rain Kettles, Sky Mirrors

  1. Tucson has some like that also and surprising to me they have held water for quite awhile. Nice photos

  2. Virginia

    Larry, You’ve really captured the beauty of the western rocky landscape. I sure miss seeing bare rock on a daily basis.

  3. Thanks, Virginia! It’s good to hear from you again.

  4. Darrell

    The rock depressions are reminiscent of the Indian acorn and pine nut grinding holes that were frequently to be found in flat bare rock ledges in streams in the Sierras.

  5. There are grinding holes here in Arizona, too, which once were used by pre-contact Apache and Papago people.

  6. Chris

    Where is that natural bridge with kettles? Looks like a place I need to add to my list for my next Utah trip! Thanks.

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