30 Hours, 155 Miles of Dirt Roads through Wyoming's Red Desert Collection
This is a collection of photographs I shot in the Northern Red Desert in south-central Wyoming, including the northern desert's main attractions of desert elk, wild horses, hawks, pictographs, the Killpecker Sand Dunes and the wondrously and brightly colored Honeycomb Buttes and Joe Hay Rim. The Red Desert is the largest fenceless area in the lower 48 states, it supports the largest US desert elk herd, Wyoming's largest wild horse herd and North America's longest active (moving) sand dunes, which are second only to the massive Sahara Desert.
The area’s dramatically eroded strata are lake sediments of laminated limestone, mudstone, and volcanic ash that are part of the Green River Formation. These striking layers were deposited by the enormous Lake Goshute that covered the region 50 million years ago.
This was my first trip into the Red Desert interior, despite longing to, and attempts to make the trip since 1995. Over part of July 7 and 8, 2012, 10 of us spent 30-hours and 155 miles on dirt roads, in the desert itself. The excursion was led by Erik Molvar, Executive Director of the Laramie-based Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (BCA), who sponsored the excursion.
The trip’s timing was perfect!! It had rained as recent as 24 hours before our arrival in the desert, which kept dust to a minimum, held much of the sand from blowing (and ruining camera gear etc.) and left the desert air clear and bright, keeping haze to a minimum.
Yet, enough moisture remained in the air and in the outer layers of the region’s badlands to vividly show the wide variety of colored layers in the Honeycomb Buttes and eroded edges of adjoining buttes and plateaus, including the Bush and Joe Hay Rims. The usual dry air and soils of July and August make the multi-colored strata muted and subtle, but the rain’s lingering moisture in the air and soils deepened the badlands’ tones making their layers vibrant, dark and very colorful!!! It was Perfect!!
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