The western United States is chocked full of unexpected colorful places.
One such location is Coal Mine Canyon. It’s on Navajo land up in the four corners area of Arizona, east of Tuba City. It is hidden within one of those endless, dull landscape regions where you suddenly and dramatically discover a rage of color that drops strait down and widens out into a distant nowhere.
Though there is no sign of any coal mine, there is plenty of coal to be had in seams all along the walls of the intricate expanse.
The black coal seams are sandwiched within red and white bands of Dakota and Entrada sandstone layers.
Most folks like to photograph a windmill located 100 feet or so from the rim of the canyon.
It can be seen from a great distance and lets photographers know they are approaching their much-anticipated, prized photo opportunity.