The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona has been filmed as never before.

The monument hosts some of the most unique landscapes on the planet, from the red iron oxide cliffs of its namesake, to the Jurassic-era petrified sandstone of White Pocket.

This area features what some have described as "brain rocks" and "cauliflower rocks," possibly formed through earthquakes after the landscape was lithified from sand into rock. White Pocket sees very few visitors, due to an hour-long drive by strenuous sand roads often impassable due to rain and snow.

As the second part of a BBC Earth time-lapse trilogy, this shoot consisted of two days and two nights of intense conditions, including high winds, thunderstorms, fog heavy rain, and other obstacles. Despite the adversity, the tempest broke and some incredible stars shone through to put on a show.

Shot and Produced by Gavin Heffernan ( and Harun Mehmedinović (

Shot on Canon DSLR Cameras. Star trails created using rotation of earth's axis and STARSTAX.

Music: "White Dwarf 2" by Terry Devine-King. Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra