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Bisti Hoodoos

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 30 March 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Hoodoo (also called a tent rock, fairy chimney, and earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Hoodoos consist of relatively soft rock topped by harder, less easily eroded stone that protects each column from the elements.

Hoodoos range in size from that of an average human to much taller. Hoodoo shapes are affected by the erosional patterns of alternating hard and softer rock layers. Minerals deposited within different rock types cause hoodoos to have different colors throughout their height.

This is the natural color of this scene.

Road Trip #8

NIKON D5000 1/200 second F/16.0 ISO 400 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

This has to be one of the most unusual places I've ever seen.

30 Mar 2012 5:49am

@Jerry: Same for us!! More to come. ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A most interesting view...without the little bit of colour on top, I was ready to consider it as a Moonscape..An eerie effect that colour on top of all the greys.

30 Mar 2012 6:11am

@Japanalia: We thought of it as a moonscape while we were there.

Goldenpleasure from Bakel, Netherlands

What a beautiful landscape, with that difference in contrast colors.
Besides a perfect explanation of what we see. We learn something else.

30 Mar 2012 6:55am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot.. lovely texture, light and shadow

30 Mar 2012 7:29am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

What a gorgeous location... This is so interesting ! Have a lovely day Barbara :)

30 Mar 2012 7:44am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Not many road trips offer such as this . . what a fascinating landscape. Thanks for the details of how it comes to be.

30 Mar 2012 8:31am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

What a beautiiful place !
Wonderful light and details.
Have a nice day.

30 Mar 2012 8:56am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

beautifully documented, words and picture

30 Mar 2012 10:21am

Jason Politte from United States

Yep, this is the same place that my uncle visited a few years ago. This is an absolutely marvelous image, Barbara! The colors of the landscape combined with that gorgeous blue sky make for a stunning shot.

30 Mar 2012 10:54am

@Jason Politte: I hope he found it as fascinating as we did!

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Superb form & colour.

30 Mar 2012 10:59am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Fantastic shot of this intriguing landscape!

30 Mar 2012 12:34pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

That's amazing!!

30 Mar 2012 12:50pm

arvin from sari, Iran

Very nice
Beautiful hills
I love this hill, Harrow

30 Mar 2012 2:18pm

Joyce from United States

That is so interesting, the terrain, and like well, breasts pointing up at the sky, yes, but the odd Martian look of it all, very amusing and cool. And naming them Hoodoos is giggle promoting.

30 Mar 2012 2:20pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

That is an amazing color these these hoodoos develop. Fine shot to show the contrast with the upper portion of the landscape.

30 Mar 2012 3:23pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This one is TRULY amazing, Barbara ! What a scene - I have got to go see this place ;-)

30 Mar 2012 3:34pm

@Denny Jump Photo: We sure recommend it, but maybe not in the summer.

LauraS from Chico, United States

This is looking like another planet, Barbara.

30 Mar 2012 4:24pm

@LauraS: That's what we kept saying while we were there. ;-)

omid from mashhad, Iran

so beautiful & wonderful!

30 Mar 2012 5:44pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A beautiful and unique landscape!

30 Mar 2012 6:05pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautifully captured Barbara! ;-)

30 Mar 2012 6:06pm

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

fantastic photo, i've never ever seen landscape like this. so contrasting and intense colours

30 Mar 2012 6:10pm

@Linda: Thanks. Neither had we.

Tomix from landerneau, France

wow! amazing landscapes!
thanks for explanations!

30 Mar 2012 8:22pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Almost like a selective color image. Amazing contrasting colors, impressive view !!!

30 Mar 2012 10:00pm

@Baldwin VW: I was afraid that's what everyone would think, so that's why I added to the text that is was the actual color. ;-) Thanks.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is so great! Amazing formations!

30 Mar 2012 11:07pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent shot. I don't remember seeing any totally gray.

30 Mar 2012 11:42pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very fine capture

30 Mar 2012 11:47pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Those are awesome, got to visit there, but no burger joints:)

31 Mar 2012 12:17am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

What an amazing landscape ! I've never seen it, thanks for sharing.

31 Mar 2012 12:36am

Bron from Canberra, Australia

Astounding colour and detail!

31 Mar 2012 3:17am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

It looks like the surface of a far away planet, very beautiful and I love the name fairy chimney!

31 Mar 2012 4:06am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

This is beautiful. I love the layers and colors

31 Mar 2012 7:19am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

If ever I needed a location to shoot a film on an alien planet, this would be the place.
Unbelievable details!

31 Mar 2012 7:44pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

this is like from a different planet! very well composed landscape and with excellent sharpness! the grey colour tones is very intriguing and the bronze tops of the hills provide a good contrast!

1 Apr 2012 1:15am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Such unique erosion of rocks..lovely

1 Apr 2012 2:39pm

Philou04 from Manosque, France

Gorgeous! Excellent composition. 5*****

3 Apr 2012 8:28pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

i agree with your comment, nice layering!

11 Apr 2012 12:21am

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Wow, wow

25 Apr 2012 8:07pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Great photo of this very intiguing geological formation. Thanks for the photo and the explanation.

27 Apr 2012 4:58am

1/200 second
ISO 400
82 mm (35mm equiv.)