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Incised Meander on the Waterpocket Fold

Incised Meander on the Waterpocket Fold
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-25
Categories: Desert, River
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Earth from Above, Geological Wonders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-18 8:24
Viewed: 5755
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot on a scenic flight from Moab, Utah, covering all the sections of Canyonlands NP, Capital Reef NP, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, The Goose Necks of the San Juan and Arches NP. I used Redtail Aviation ex Moab airport. This was one of the best flights I have done - three hours in all and the pilot really did what we wanted. We timed the flight for good shadows - which we got here.

The Waterpocket Fold is a geologic landform that defines Capitol Reef National Park in the western United States. This monoclinal fold extends for slightly over one hundred miles in the desert of central Utah. It can be seen via three scenic routes in the park. One route leads to a famous landmark known as the Golden Throne. This landmark is covered in golden sandstone that gives it its name. The Waterpocket Fold lies east of the town of Torrey, three miles west and just southeast of the Middle Desert. This area is prized for hiking due to the scenery.

An incised meader is a deep steep-sided bend formed by the severe downwards erosion of an existing meander. Such erosion is usually brought about by the rejuvenation of a river (for example, in response to a fall in sea level), in this case as the fold formed the river continued to cut donwards.

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Hello James,
This is so interesting! It is the first time I see something like this. This is a good picture of an unusual subject :) Thanks,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-18 8:57]

A very intriguing view and phenomenon, James.
I have never heard of a "water pocket", so thanks for sharing this unusual geological landform and rare perspective with us.
I have been to Capitol Reef and remember the incredible scenery there and the "holes" in the reef.
Excellent POV to show the meandering effect.
TFS. : )

Hello James, excellent viewpoint and I like the composition light was good to get contrast in the detail tfs rgds necip.

Hello James,
What a awesome view from the plane and just what a beautiful pattern of nature that offering us!
perfect shot with perfect timing in exposure, shadow, vivid colour and details!
some great to treasure!

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-08-18 10:02]

Hi James..

What a stunning picture. the detail and composition are excellent, my first thoughts had ben glacier, til I saw where the picture was posted and then read your notes. Rock, it seems really odd and amazing. The only thing I am missing is scale, I'm guessing large, but how large?


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-08-18 10:12]

Hi James,
Would love to be in that canyon. What time of the day was this shot? Best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-18 12:36]

Hi James,
what an amazing sight!!
The power of a river is really awesome.
Well done,

How interesting to get a birdseye view. It is always fascinating to see so much evidence of water with so little water visible. I've been in Utah during flash floods and it is a sight to behold. This is a nice sharp image of an unusual sight. Thanks for sharing it.

Evelynn : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-18 21:34]

Hello James

And I can only imagine how long this all took.Very informative and the photo is spectacular.The detail is excellent and the focus is spot on.The lighting is very well handled.I really like the colours.TFS


Hi James,
I have seen photos of this place from inside the canyons and from the canyons edges but not an aerial photo. Very unique and interesting environment to photograph and yopu have shown it very well here. These canyons apparently know the true meaning of term 'flash flood', as hugh amounts of water can flow through these canyons very quicky then is gone as quickly as it came. A very dangerous environment.
Great photo,

Hi James,
A beautiful landscape. Very nicely captured and so beautiful. Thanks a lot sharing.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-20 0:51]

Hi James,
very interesting subject shown to it's best by a fine POV. This type of formation is a new one on me, thanks alot!

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