Bryce Canyon National Park is home to one of the nation’s most vast expanses of hoodoos, those geological features resulting from the wind and rain eroding the rocky mountain terrain over thousands of years. The canyon itself is not technically a canyon, it is a natural amphitheater instead. The individual spires, which take many shapes, are the hoodoos. Despite the fact that they are made of rock, they can be fragile depending on the shapes made by the wear and tear of wind and rain.
What I loved about the hoodoos is that they come in many shapes and sizes. While they are not amorphous like clouds, the interpretation of their shape seems to be in the eye of the beholder. As I looked around the hoodoos, I saw women carrying supplies in baskets on their heads… profiles several faces lined up… a crown fit to be worn by royalty… I guess I was only limited by my imagination, because these hoodoos, nor matter what shape you see, are breathtaking, and definitely 5* images!
- The Amphitheater: One of my earlier photography teachers taught us that the way you tell the story is first by setting the stage, using a broad image that shows the big picture. This image is just that — it shows how expansive this area of hoodoos is, and the many different shapes and colors possible. As far back as the eye can see, hoodoos everywhere, colors ranging from dark coral to white, shaping the amphitheater, with trees interspersed throughout.
- The Caverns: I love the view of these caverns near the top edge Bryce Canyon. The interplay of sunlight and shadow along the top edge emphasizes the depth of the canyons. The trees rise from the top like tufts of hair.The arches and associated caverns were also shaped by the wind and rain.
- Standing Alone: These two hoodoos stand alone on the hillside, glowing in the morning light.
- Crowning Glory: A crown fit for a queen — that was my initial thought when I looked at this hoodoo or should I say ‘these hoodoso’?). I was further transfixed by the palette of color in the background, and the far away hillsides in shades of gray, dotted by trees. Just beautiful!!!
- Flattop Hoodoo: The shading in this hoodoo, darker at the bottom, hen lighter, and almost yellow in one spot, then fading to an almost gray shade, draw your eyes to the top, where you also see the lonely bushes on the nearly flat surface.
- Shadow and Light: I just loved this image for the way the hoodoos stand out, even when in shadow. They look almost brown in this light
Well this was only day 2 of my photography vacation in this part of the U.S. an abundance of hoodoos! Yes, there was more than hoodoos to see — so look forward to other images from this trip. In the meantime, I hope I haven’t bored you with my fixation on these geologic structures, and this selection of 5* pix!