White Pocket is a relatively large area compared to, say, the Wave in nearby North Coyote Buttes. When I was there with some buddies in March, I saw many compositions that looked appealing but was unable to make photos of them in the little time we had when the light actually “got good”. The brain rocks area at White Pocket is amazing, some of the best examples of brain rocks I’ve ever seen, so I spent a good portion of my time there framing them up. This was taken just after sunset, when the cloud formation above the rocks was most interesting. Could these in fact be sections of some enormous central cortex: the temporal lobe and parietal lobe of some ancient underground fossilized Homer Simpson whose skull — the only part of him still above ground — was lobotomized by the howling winds of the American Southwest? And also, why did I just say that? OK, that was weak but these rocks are so cool they are known to cause photographers to wax poetic and say innane things at times. I can’t wait to return to White Pocket, its awesome.
White Pocket was the highight of our recent banzai trip to northern Arizona and southern Utah. A remote and spectacular setting in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument that includes such well-known landscapes as the Wave, North Coyote Buttes and Buckskin Gulch (thank you Bill Clinton!), White Pocket lies not far from the South Coyote Buttes management area in northern Arizona. Getting to White Pocket was half the fun, requiring several hours of offroading on very sandy dirt roads. Charly Moore of Overland Canyon Tours took us there. We had a great time, were well taken care of by Charly, and were even treated to some great light in the last hour before sunset which was a bonus since the most of the day had been overcast and drab. White Pocket is a tortured landscape, full of bent and twisted sandstone forms. Once ancient sand dunes that were buried over time, the sandstone was slowly compressed under great pressure. After millenia underground the rock has re-emerged in its present wonderful and varied form. It comprises some of the most interesting and beautiful scenery I have ever scene, and I look forward to returning to camp and spend a few days there in the future.