I was coming down off Cedar Mesa via the Moki Dugway section of Utah Highway 261 at sunrise. There were gorgeous colors in the clouds to the east, but I wasn’t in place for a good shot.
However, the same clouds served to extend the warm colors of sunrise for several minutes past when they otherwise would have disappeared, bathing the cliffs in a golden glow.
The shadows of cliffs upon other cliffs made for an interesting effect.
Once below the Dugway, I turned east onto the Valley Of The Gods Road. The golden light persisted while I got some shots of some of the buttes along the southern escarpment of Cedar Mesa.
Photo location: south end of Cedar Mesa, above Valley Of The Gods and Mexican Hat, Utah.
Copyright 2016 Stephen J. Krieg