The Tower by RodS ()
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During the one beautiful day we had on our vacation in S. Dakota, we made our way west into Wyoming to see Devil's Tower. There is really no way you can prepare yourself for just how massive this formation is. It boggles the mind. It towers well over a thousand feet above the plains. It leaves you in awe even without any motherships hovering over it. And yes - we now have one in our living room. It's about an inch and a half tall! LOL
One thing that always bugs me when I'm shooting something as iconic as this is 'How do I get a photo of this that 354,658,765 other tourists don't already have?' An aerial shot from my Inspire would have been awesome, but it's a $500.00 fine and possible jail time for flying a drone in a National park. So that's out... So I opted for a low angle vertical to include the massive boulder field below the tower.
I find it interesting how the top third of the tower shows considerably more weathering than the lower two-thirds.
I'll have more photos from our trip, and a few more from the Mammoth Site as well.
I'm already working on Page 22 of the T.N.A. story - I'm going to try and speed things up a bit! :-D
Thanks for dropping by, and for any comments you wish to leave. Hope you all had a great weekend! Back to work tomorrow - vacation's over...... Bleah...
Image Comments (26)
Great shot! I know just where you were when you took this picture. As I recall, it rained a lot when we were there. We did get to go a ways up the path, but didn't want to get stuck too far up in a rain storm. This is terrific! Bummer about the copter, though. That would have been cool.
A beautiful shot! The clarity is stunning, as is the sheerness of the sliding rock formations of the tower. The sky is crystalline in this shot, and the build-up from bottom 'rubble' to the tower-top is terrific. I'm really glad you included a huge swath of boulders on the bottom---a lot of photographers would have removed them, to make a neater shot; but their presence not only tells us where this tower emerges from, but gives a gargantuan feel to the whole. I know you have considerable background in photography, and this shows why. And btw, from what I learned (an eon ago---a little before the Tower was formed), the reason the upper third is more eroded than the lower is that it was the only part that was exposed for a long time. (Exposed to the air, I think. I don't remember the whole explanation---it was given to me by a geologist, and it was way over my head.) Terrific shot---and I hope people zoomed, because it's awesome large.