Water Reflection on Sandstone

A footprint-size pool of indigo reflects a clear sky in the redrock wilderness of Coyote Buttes in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.   The fragile site is adjacent to "The Wave,"  a geologically spectacular area where crossbeds of the Navajo Sandstone exhibit colorful banding in surreal hues of yellow, orange, pink, and red caused by the precipitation of manganese, iron and other oxides. Thin veins or fins of calcite cut across the sandstone adding another dimension to the landscape.