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Mike and the Hoodoo

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 4 April 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

There were so many strange hoodoo formation in the Bisti Wilderness that our imagination would run wild, and we started naming the formation by what they reminded us of.

Maybe it was just the effect of the sun, but we saw frogs, whales, wolves and all sorts of other stone creations.

What do you see here? ;-)

Road Trip #13.


Tornado - Not such a Silly Tuesday after all:
A tornado hit Arlington yesterday afternoon. I was rushing home to get my car in the garage because there was a chance of hail and the sirens were sounding. Mike was rushing home from his office, and he could see the tornado from his car. Thankfully we did not have any damage, and our power is back on. Many others were not as lucky, as 150 homes and many cars were damaged. I heard that about 12,000 are without power.

NIKON D5000 1/160 second F/14.0 ISO 400 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


4 Apr 2012 6:08am

arvin from sari, Iran

Very nice

4 Apr 2012 6:09am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent shot
Have a lovely day

4 Apr 2012 6:49am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Fantastic photo ,stunning and great portrait !

4 Apr 2012 8:02am

Jason Politte from United States

Great shot - looks like some sort of alien life form that he found on the moon! I'm very relieved to hear that you guys weren't directly affected by the tornadoes yesterday. This event was bad enough, but I sure hope it gives people the wake-up call that they need that one day a major tornadic event will occur throughout the DFW metro area. Well known meteorologists and storm chasers have been trying for years with no success to get the powers that be in DFW to put together a real plan to deal with that eventuality.

4 Apr 2012 10:39am

@Jason Politte: Arlington did pretty well. The sirens went off and people in schools and businesses and even the airport were herded into safe areas. A nursing home was damaged but they had everyone in a sheltered area. There were very few injuries for how much damage there was, and I think a lot of that was because people had enough warning to take cover. Right after it hit people were out with chain saws to clear out the streets, and people were helping remove items from damaged homes and putting tarps on roofs. There were several tornados skipping around in a short time span, and at least 3 of them were EF2 or EF3.

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Thank God for that; all our kids are safe and sound as well we got reports from them today.

4 Apr 2012 11:53am

@J.R.: Are your kids in Oklahoma?

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Barbara -sweet shot here but I just thank God that you two are ok - This was a time when I definitely wished that I had gotten your cell number(s) or home phone - not that anything was working - but I was really worried when we saw and heard where that went. Barbara had family in Waco but most are gone now ..
I hope that you gys are ok and hope that Jim is alright too...don't tap in to jhis sight much but give everyone our best and if there is ANYTHING that Barbara and I can do from afar,please let us know...All the best and hugs - D and B

4 Apr 2012 12:03pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks, Denny. We are fine. It was scary, and it came close to us so we feel like we dodged a bullet this time. There was a lot of damage, but no deaths - probably because there was enough warning to take cover.

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

Sorry for the horrible day, glad you all are OK.

4 Apr 2012 12:48pm

@Jerry: Thanks, Jerry. It was too close for comfort, but missed us by a mile or so.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Funny shot.....But yes the tornadoes sure made for a stressful day out here in Cali, we were so worried as the reports unfolded.
So glad to hear you are ok!!! My sister is fine, too- but she said she'd trade a tornado for an earthquake any day!

4 Apr 2012 1:38pm

@Tracy: It was pretty scary for sure. In the middle of it all we were getting text messages and phone calls asking if we were OK. Since we had both just made it home, other family and friends had been watching it all unfold on TV, and knew more about it than we did. The April and May storm season in Texas can sure be interesting. I might agree with your sister about trading a tornado for an earthquake, although I've never been in an earthquake.

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of the hoodoo. More importantly, I was glad to read that you survived this tornado that struck your town!

4 Apr 2012 2:54pm

@Slackwater - Don: Thanks Don. It was definitely and interesting and scary afternoon for a couple of hours.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Amazing series, Barbara. This one looks like E.T.

4 Apr 2012 3:50pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

excellente image !!

4 Apr 2012 5:38pm

PD from Kansas, United States

Nice, i see an alien with a large head in a flowing robe. -- Yes, could be E.T.

4 Apr 2012 6:28pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I see a hint of ET ... above Mike's head. This visit offered so many photo ops! ♥

5 Apr 2012 12:12am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Such amazingly odd formations, huh? Nice shot !

5 Apr 2012 12:15am

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

Could be the long day I just had, but I think I see a chinese rice farmer in the rock. :) Glad to hear you both are safe and sound.

5 Apr 2012 12:15am

@B.Sully: LOL You came the closest to what we thought we saw, but we thought HE was SHE. ;-)

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Mike makes an interesting color spot in this grey landscape !!! Nice shot...

5 Apr 2012 1:29am

Krishdev from mayiladuthurai, India


5 Apr 2012 3:06am

franz from Baden, Austria

superb ... it looks as if mike was reaching up to shake mr. hoodoo's hand ...

6 Apr 2012 7:35pm

@franz: ;-) He was!

Joyce from United States

I agree with Jason: It looks like a very benign alien, not in any way creepy, just well, "out there." I missed a day in my favorites visits and just found this image. I read all the caring comments to you by your AM3 friends and picked up details about "the day of the tornado" (Now that was creepy). It kind of happens to all of us in a way. Lately I am thinking about how impermanent things are on the outside. Makes me go within and feel the Real life I'm made of. You know? That gives me peace. Love to you and Sherpa.

7 Apr 2012 12:13pm

@Joyce: Thanks, Joyce.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

So many strange forms...incredible

9 Apr 2012 4:49pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

i'm there, for sure the next time i'm in that neck of the woods!

11 Apr 2012 12:25am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

This is...the Tornado Head!

12 Apr 2012 10:58am

1/160 second
ISO 400
82 mm (35mm equiv.)