In the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on the northern edge of Arizona is a formation called “White Pocket.” It is a half-mile long, north to south, and a quarter-mile wide, east to west and three miles south of the Utah border.
This spot is a remote location for which photographers are always searching. A hard, thin sandstone crust covers a core of red Navajo sandstone. The light-colored crust is almost completely covered with patterns of cracks dividing the surface into polygons, each slightly raised in the center. In some places, the white crust has been torn open to reveal the underlying red sandstone. Huge mounds across the rolling terrain rise from the desert floor in twisted and cross-hatched patterns.
You’ll need a guide to find this bizarre landscape and a tent and sleeping bag plus at least two days to explore and photograph the treasures in this part of the desert. You'll find the information you need in issue #105 - Arizona's White Pocket.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.