Golden Gate Photo - Sedona Gallery
Fine Art Photography from Sedona, Arizona.


Sedona is known for its scenic red rock cliffs, mesas, and buttes. The red rocks are Permian-age (270 to 275 million year old) fossilized sand dune deposits of the Schnebly Hill Formation. Some of the higher cliffs are capped with the light gray Coconino Sandstone that are also Permian-age (265 to 270 million year old) fossilized sand dune deposits. The gentle slopes at the base of the cliffs are composed of the easily-weathered Permian-age Hermit Shale (275 to 285 million year old).

Sunset in Sedona #1

Sunset in Sedona #1

The famous red rock sandstone cliffs glow in the last light of a monsoon season day. The cliffs are mostly composed of the iron-stained fossilized sand dunes of the Schnebly Hill Formation.

Print No. B96-1

More images of sunsets

Horizontal Lightning

Horizontal Lightning

During this wicked summer monsoon storm just south of Sedona, this bolt crawled along the base of the clouds. Basically, this is a low-level cloud-to-cloud strike, sometimes referred to as spider lightning.

Print No. B96-14

More images of lightning

Cactus Hearts

Cactus Hearts

Nestled along Marg's Trail, this prickly pear cactus exhibits a rather unique and memorable shape. The red platy rock here at the base of the red rock cliffs is the Hermit Shale.

Print No. A97SW-5-10

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