Well the name of the location was a bit misleading. There were no horses and the only stud on the point was Jeff, but we had fun shooting this cluster of toadstools on the side of a cliff outside of Page, Arizona.

NIKON D800E, f11, 1/500”, ISO 100, 55mm, AUTO1

After scrambling down the side of the ravine, a view of Toadstools with the valley beyond

After 4 miles or so of unmarked, rough dirt roads, the GPS track implied we still had another ¾ of a mile over rather dubious washed out 4-wheel drive track. But this is where we were, and the photography guide book implied we had “arrived”, and thus, the toadstool I could see from the car window was good enough.

NIKON D800E, f11, 1/320”, ISO 100, 44mm, AUTO1

Doesn’t this look like a face?

It was only 3:30pm and sunset wasn’t until 5:30, but the shadows were moving quickly over these cool toadstools. We bounded out of the vehicle and down the side of the embankment. So much for thinking about our shots or setting up the tripod… we shot handheld and scrambled up and down the side of the canyon wall capturing these monuments before the light disappeared.

Fading Light

Fading light

It was a good thing we arrived when we did as the sun disappeared quickly. There was limited “sweet light” on the toadstools, but enough to get a few interesting shots.


Jeff shooting the fading sun (previous photo)


NIKON D800E, f4.5, 1/200”, ISO 100, 60mm, CLOUDY

Kas shooting the last light on the Toadstool (see shots below)



We didn’t stay for any post sunset glow as we had to navigate some rather dicey sections of road that would have been a challenge after dark.

We were back in town eating dinner by 5:30. Although winter coats are needed at this time of year, the shorter days do result in earlier sunsets and thus, a more relaxing evening. Heck, we have even have time to write our blog posts!

Stay tuned for more highlights from Page, Arizona, and as you know, it’s all about the light.