Even though I am a marine ecologist by training, I have a deep interest in geology and geological processes that shape the planet on which we live. This week's photo was taken in Joshua Tree National Park, which is known for its amazing geological formations. Arch Rock, shown in the photo above is an example of what can be found there, but there are even more astonishing formations that can be found throughout the park.
This photo is also a foreshadowing of an adventure I'm taking this coming week. I'm heading to the Utah/Arizona state line to hike an amazing geological marvel known as "The Wave." Here is one site that provides photos of this amazing place - http://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthContainer.html - which is exceptionally hard to describe in words. It is a sandstone formation that was bent, twisted, and eroded into the spectacular place it is today.
Southern Utah and northern Arizona are known for their incredible geology. The six national parks found there are Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Grand Canyon. They are world renown for their otherworldly geology. In addition to these national parks, there are also several national monuments, including Grand Staircase - Escalante, Cedar Breaks, and Vermillion Cliffs. It is in this latter place that the Wave is located.
Visitation to the Wave is limited to 20 groups per day, and permits are available online as well as in person. Some people have waited years to be lucky enough to hit the lottery and get a permit to visit. I was very fortunate to hit it on my first attempt and I am looking forward to this trip to a place that seems to be out of this world.
Look for photos from this trip on my website in the coming weeks.
The photo above was taken with a Canon 5D Mk III and an EF 24 mm lens. Exposure was 1/90 second at f/16 and an ISO of 400.