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Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 5 April 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

The clayish hills that cover the Bisti Wilderness are composed of thin layers of coal, silt, shale and mudstone with varying hardness and coloration, and are mixed with more resistant sandstone which has eroded into many weird formations.

There are thousands of hoodoos, ridges, arches, balanced rocks and small slot canyons.

This is the actual natural color of this scene.

Road Trip #14

Eleven confirmed EF-2 and EF-3 tornados skipped through our area Tuesday, including Arlington. We didn't have any damage at our house, but Mike saw one of the tornados from his car as he rushed home. A lot of homes were damaged or destroyed, but thankfully there were no fatalities (although I did hear some sad pet stories).

NIKON D5000 1/160 second F/16.0 ISO 400 51 mm (35mm equiv.)

arvin from sari, Iran

Beautiful ...
The Hills

5 Apr 2012 5:34am

ceanothe from france, France

Very nice shot !

5 Apr 2012 6:19am

@ceanothe: Thanks!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely frame - a fascinating landscape. Hope the weather calms down for you.

5 Apr 2012 6:40am

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

I can't imagine how this area developed to look like it does? Good photo and narrative.

5 Apr 2012 7:04am

@Jerry: I have a little of it's history coming up on Monday.

Gabriela from Bucharest, Romania

Beautiful sculptures of someone or nature. Is a special and unique place! Wonderful capture !

5 Apr 2012 7:41am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a fascinatingly unique landscape . . it must be fun to try work out just how the forms took those shapes.

5 Apr 2012 9:18am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Beautiful place I'd never heard of before:) glad to hear all is well, yeah lots of sad pet stories after the earthquake and tsunami here in Japan.

5 Apr 2012 10:05am

@J.R.: I remember some of them from Japan. Here there have been a few news articles about pets being found a day or so later and happy reunions.

Club from Iran

Nice shot. Well done!

5 Apr 2012 11:59am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A very nice and interesting image !

5 Apr 2012 12:35pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Impressive shapes and colors !!! I like the red hill at the background. Amazing view ..

5 Apr 2012 3:03pm

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

This place is amazing ... and it's interesting that we haven't seen, or even heard of, this area before you posted photos of it. I googled it and sure enough, there are lots of photos out there. I am guessing there is no restriction about walking among them. Like so many other places in the southwest, the variations of color are there, sometimes more subtle than others, and this is a perfect example! The shadows add depth to the images.

* Now, about the tornadoes ... (is spell-check right?) ... I'm glad you had no damage, but ache for those who did. Sad pet stories are heartbreaking!

5 Apr 2012 3:05pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: There have been a few "happy reunion" pet stories since the tornado, thank goodness! (Our newspapers spell - tornados, - but my dictionary shows it either way.

RBL from Oxford, United States

Interesting natural formations and color...amazing that you had the opportunity to view this...fantastic capture of the scene!

5 Apr 2012 3:39pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I keep looking for the Sand People here ;-) Too cool Barbara...May the Force Be With You!

5 Apr 2012 4:11pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Sure glad you guys are ok...Prayers for the ones who have lost or damaged homes and pets!

5 Apr 2012 4:12pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks so much, Denny.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & interesting!

5 Apr 2012 5:57pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

I can tell that you have so much to choose from to shot. Wonderful environment, B.

5 Apr 2012 9:22pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine capture. amazing place

5 Apr 2012 10:32pm

Joyce from United States

What a beautiful shot with that intense blue sky and the forms and shadows of the clay people with that rich earth just poking it's head in in time to balance the whole thing magically.

6 Apr 2012 1:49pm

franz from Baden, Austria

gorgeous scenery, very stark and forbidding, but fascinating nevertheless ...
(so glad you 'escaped' the tornadoes !!!)

6 Apr 2012 7:35pm

@franz: Thanks, Franz.

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Awesome scenery. I'm glad that your house did not get any damage.

7 Apr 2012 2:49am

@Julie L. Brown: Thank you, Julie.

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful and mysterious landscape! The rock formation really intrigues me.

7 Apr 2012 4:10pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

A unique place...a rock garden of some sort...

9 Apr 2012 4:50pm

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Fascinating formations - nature has a better eye than many acclaimed artists.

10 Apr 2012 12:26pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

great shot of the variety. many might not see all the diversity. bravo :)

11 Apr 2012 12:32am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

"Ruins of a lost civilization" can write a scifi scenario just by looking at these rock formations!

12 Apr 2012 11:00am

Wendy from Canterbury, New Zealand

Really, really interesting. Wonderful photo.

14 Apr 2012 4:57am

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