Cathedral Rock in the Monsoon

Cathedral Rock in the Monsoon (2)

Cathedral Rock is a famous landmark on the Sedona, Arizona skyline, and is one of the most-photographed sights in Arizona, USA. Cathedral Rock is located in the Coconino National Forest in Yavapai County, about a mile (1.6 km) west ofArizona Route 179, and about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of the “Y” intersection of Routes 179 and 89A in uptown Sedona. The summit elevation of Cathedral Rock is 4,921 feet (1,500 m).

The Cathedral Rock trail (USFS Trail #170) is a popular short, steep ascent from the Back O’ Beyond trailhead to the saddle points or “gaps” in Cathedral Rock.

Geologically, Cathedral Rock is carved from the Permian Schnebly Hill formation, a redbed sandstone formed from coastal sand dunes near the shoreline of the ancient Pedregosa Sea. Ripple marks are prominent along the lower Cathedral Rock trail, and a black basalt dike may be seen in the first saddle. Source Wikipedia.

The photograph was taken by Rolf Maeder of and this what he has to say about the image :

Last evening at the famous viewpoint for Cathedral Rock again. – And what a incredible scenery I found! Coming there the most amazing storm clouds were building up and the wind was getting so strong that I started heading back to the car, awaiting a strong rain shower.

On the way back, this beautiful little rainbow hovered in the far horizon. and the clouds changed there appearance to the most amazing shapes.

Images without the context or the story behind it, It’s like a incomplete picture atleast for me and Rolf always has great background stories to go with his brilliant images.

You can go to his blog to see more pictures from the same series called “Monsoon is over ?”.
Cathedral Rock in the Monsoon (2)

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