Above the California Desert (by Brad Gillette)
The salt crust is colored red by dense colonies of halophilic archaebacteria.
This is, by the way, for realsies. The issue here is that it’s in a desert of Iran.
The Wave, above, is in Arizona. Its unique appearance was caused by erosion of sandstone during the Jurassic period. But visiting the Wave? That’s a trick. The agency which administers in only issues twenty visiting licenses per day, which are selected by lottery.
(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Antelope Canyon, Arizona.