Contrary to its name. the Fiery Furnace is not a hot place. Named for the warm glow seen on the rocks in the late afternoon, the Fiery Furnace is actually a maze of cool, shady canyons between towering sandstone walls. The chaos of fins, spires and canyons has been called "void, silent and almost uncanny in its solitude." The many vertical rock walls - or fins - you see here are the result of movement, eons ago, far beneath the earth's surface. Over time erosion has been shaping the Fiery Furnace. Rain, snow and ice have deepened and widened the cracks, creating these towering fins. There are no marked trails in the Fiery Furnace. The only way in is with a ranger-guided walk, otherwise you will get lost and not find your way out!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Today I will try and explain how these arches are formed. Entrada Sandstone - the rock in which arches are formed - was deposited here as sand more than 150 million years ago. Over time it was buried by new layers, hardened into rock, and shaped by the powerful forces of erosion. The first picture shows this process in four stages. The second picture (which is my picture of the day) shows double arch. To the right of it shows a new arch forming and in the distance to the left is Balance Rock which shows the final destructive process of erosion.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world. Today's image is "North Window".
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Colorado Riverway Bridge, located in Moab, Utah, was conceptualized 9 years ago and opened on May 16, 2008. No cars, just people and bikes. This bridge is a mass of steel and concrete transformed into a beautiful, safe, and welcoming crossing over one of the most scenic and historically significant rivers of the United States: the Colorado River in eastern Utah.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
We stayed at a great place if you crave a break from the ordinary, a unique retreat from the all-too-familiar, plan your next travel experience at the Red Cliffs Lodge. Located 14 miles up the Colorado River on scenic Hwy 128 from downtown Moab they are situated next to the river at the foot of dramatic Red rock cliffs. We used this location for two nights as we explored Arches and the area around Moab. This picture was taken from my back patio.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Here is "Titan" the largest of the Fisher Towers. If the Fisher Towers area looks familiar to you, it is probably because it has served as a scenic backdrop for numerous movies, videos and commercials. Westerns such as Wagon Master, The Comancheros and Geronimo were filmed in this area.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
This week's pictures will be from the Fisher Towers area of Utah. The Fisher Towers are one of the most outstanding scenic features in Utah. They are composed of the Organ Rock Tongue of the Cutler Formation, and are capped by rock of the Moenkopi Formation. The Towers are isolated remnants of a 225 million-year-old floodplain deposit. Then the Colorado Plateau was uplifted, the salt deposits underlying the region buckled; subsequent erosion caused the exposure of Fisher Towers. This image is at the base of Fisher Towers and it reminded me of the statues on Easter Island.
Friday, January 8, 2010
There were a lot more rustic objects surrounding the Cow Canyon Trading Post but I will leave it with this old wagon wheel that has seen better days. Imagine it rolling down the dirt roads of yesterday.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
The owner of the Cow Canyon Trading Post also had a wonderful collection of old typewriters. I thought the centerpiece was this "26 in. No. 3 Underwood Standard Typewriter" circa 1911. I have never seen one this big before.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
We talked to the owner of the Cow Canyon Trading Post as he was there working on refurbishing it into an art gallery. He had a lot of "neat old stuff". Top of the list was this 1949 Buick. It brought back childhood memories as my parents got a new baby (me) and a new car, a 1950 Buick.