Hoodoos and Lava Flows
I recently spent a day shooting some photos at Tent Rocks National Monument (Kasha-Katuwe). As a geologist and a photographer, it was amazing to see geologic processes sculpting the land. Around 6-7 million years ago a volcano in the area erupted and deposited over a thousand feet of ash and tuff. They formed bands of pink and beige rocks which were then capped by harder rock. Over millions of years, wind and water have eroded the underlying layers more than the overlying layers, creating “tent rock” formations. Also, streams in the area have created slot canyons I could wander through. Here is a photo of one of the “hoodoo” formations and a tree whose root structure had been exposed by erosion. I took a close-up vertical panorama of the tree and roots (I’ll post that soon).