Formations of the painted desert.
A polished piece of petrified wood at the Visitor's Center. The Petrified Forest houses some of the most brightly colored fossilized wood in the world.
Some kind of evening primrose. (Thanks again to turtlerangler for the ID!)
Petrified wood out in the wilderness.
Common side-blotched lizard.
Here's a shot of Charles at a portion of the painted desert for scale. He's that black line to the upper left.
Strawberry hedgehog cactus flower (Charles pointed it out to me.)
Archaeological excavations at the ruins of Puerco Pueblo.
Native American petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock.
The park is very strict about visitors not taking anything away and they'll search your car if they have any doubts. Fortunately my word (which was honest,) was good enough. The gift shop near the entrance was full of wonderful pieces of petrified wood for sale. We indulged in a few, small pieces (both polished and not,) but they also had huge, table-sized slabs and even a large trunk carved into a functional chair. Those pieces ranged into the tens of thousands of dollars, but it's always nice to dream!
Next stop; Meteor Crater.
In recent art news, my Horseshoe Bend photo was "Daily Nature Photo" on The Nature Conservancy's website on Jun. 28th.