The geology east of Capitol Reef National Park is an amazing conglomerate of features. One of the more interesting of these is an elongated valley sandwiched between the uplifts of the Henry Mountains and the Waterpocket Fold and running parallel to the rock layers of both. It is called simply what it is, Strike Valley. Strike Valley is filled with sediment and debris. Volcanic cinder blocks and ashen mud attest to the tumultuous nature of the land’s history here, below the great lithic blocks of the Waterpocket’s downturn.
The very appealing Notom-Bullfrog Road, a dirt track running through the valley, joins the quaint communities of Notom up in Capitol Reef Country and Bullfrog down on Lake Powell. At its populated maximum in the late-1890’s, Notom claimed 23 families as residents.
A focal length of 27mm, squarely in wide-angleland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted with cinder blocks only inches away and the massive Waterpocket Fold in the background. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/25 second at ISO 100 gave me an overall lighter-than-medium exposure.
The ground here is a crazy-quilt hodgepodge of privately-owned rangeland and BLM-administered public lands, and the southern end of Capitol Reef National Park; and it’s always a good idea to know which side of the line you are on, even though the likelihood of encountering humans who would be concerned is very small.