Age, Observing Youth by auntietk ()
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I promise I won't bore you with a bunch of geological details. If you're interested, you're probably also the sort of person who will go look it up. If you're not interested, your eyes will glaze over and you won't read what I've written anyway! :)
Here's the short version:
The La Sal Mountains (in the distance) are a lot younger than the monoliths of Arches National Park.
The most interesting thing, to me, about the formations you see here is that wavy line. Fascinating! (Yes, I know what it is, but I promised ... ) :P
Our internet connection on this trip is a bit sporadic. We generally HAVE a connection, but sometimes it's really slow. I've been looking at as much of your art as I can, but commenting very little. I don't like to wait! If you posted something I would normally like, I assure you I liked it. :)
Image Comments (29)
Great shot of what seems to be a very phallic rock formation that I missed on my recent trip to Arches. The people provide a nice sense of scale here. My own visits to the photography gallery have been limited lately due to bad response times (which seems to be fixed now), so I wasn't even aware that you had embarked on your epic journey. Hope you & Bill have have a great time & don't forget to stop by if you end up in southern Oregon towards the end of your trip...
Amazingly Arches is busy no matter what the weather is. Hope you stick around for the sun..Spring is a mixed bag. Got married just down the road at Dead Horse State Park. Sunset, full moon in June! Was awesome! On the other side of the La Sals you will find the largest aspen stands anywhere in the west! Still winter up there tho :(
That is so cool! I love the wavy lines in those rock-pillars as well. Of course, given my own rocky hobby I suppose my response is kinda predictable... What's also interesting is the colors here, the red in the stone pillars, the green plants, and the white snow on the distant mountains. This has it all!
I chose this partly because of its most unusual forms, partly because of the problems it would pose for me (and I think other photographers as well), and partly because it's just beautiful. In appearance, it's one of several sights in the US West that look sculpted by some huge hand in the sky, and, as you've done in a number of your monumental shots, you've somehow made it feel 'intimate'. I can't fully explain that (maybe some other images will make it easier). But there's a feeling, in your hands, that it's huge, but wholly 'belongs to us', it's intimate. The gaping space between the two peaks brings out not only the huge difference between these peaks, but how they're solo performers in a backdrop of vast space. I love that you let all that space be (you didn't close in on them to where they dominated, or use an angle which would bring them closer together, in the lens, etc). Even the background mountains seem like afterthoughts, next to these strange rock gods. And you've not highlighted the two peaks---I mean, some photographers would want to bring them forward, one way or another, but it feels like you instinctively let them 'sit', in self-contained quiet, feeling almost inward for all their mass and presence. I can't say what they feel like in person, or course, but in your image they have an amazing quiet, considering how imposing they are. (The people in the shot give us good scale, btw. Glad you could get people in there---I was wondering how large these really are.) You're so attuned to tonality in these shots, there's just an overall feel here, for all its sudden contrasts, of 'one' made of so many subtle gradations, morphs, etc. Colors flow through and around each other, they seem to know each other very well...A fine dialogue with what, for me, would be a most challenging shot; and very gentle, considering the bluster and gruffness of the two peaks, themselves. Good title too, and the big peak looks like my Uncle A.J. (That's his nose, lol. He's not here anymore, so I can say that without retribution...)