Crack of dawn: Photographer captures incredible sunrise through rock formations

DOUGLAS STRATTON/CATERS NEWS - A natural frame of the desert landscape in winter.

Looking at these photos is like a window to another world.

Travel photographer Douglas Stratton has captured stunning scenes through gaps carved in rock formations over hundreds of thousands of years.

The photos were taken in the wild American Southwest, a landscape shaped by the power of water and wind.

DOUGLAS STRATTON/CATERS NEWS - The sunlight is captured through a natural frame in the American southwest.

DOUGLAS STRATTON/CATERS NEWS – The sunlight is captured through a natural frame in the American southwest.

Over time incredible rock windows have formed that offer a glimpse of nature in all its glory.

Douglas is a man who knows how to exploit them.

DOUGLAS STRATTON/CATERS NEWS - Photographer, Douglas Strattons camp site.

DOUGLAS STRATTON/CATERS NEWS – Photographer, Douglas Strattons camp site.

He said: “When you go on location your life is only about those moments. You connect with the earths elements.

“You need to know when and where is the sun rising and setting, what the moon phases are and what is the weather doing.

DOUGLAS STRATTON/CATERS NEWS - Scenes through gaps carved in rock formations over hundreds of thousands of years.

DOUGLAS STRATTON/CATERS NEWS – Scenes through gaps carved in rock formations over hundreds of thousands of years.

“The light hits these rock formations at certain angels at different times a day. My job is to predict which of those angels is going to be best before it happens.”

But this knowledge has not come easy to him. Douglas has been trekking across Arizona and Utah for three years discovering the perfect spots for capturing a sunrise.

DOUGLAS STRATTON/CATERS NEWS - An arch captures the evening sky in the American southwest.

DOUGLAS STRATTON/CATERS NEWS – An arch captures the evening sky in the American southwest.

He said: “Photographing and explore these natural places is food for your soul. The more I do it, the more I am experienced these places the more I carve to be out here.”