Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Go West XXVIII - Coke Ovens

Coke Ovens, Colorado National Monument, Colorado
 © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved


Nature's marvelous talent for sculpture is put on full display in western Colorado. In Colorado National Monument, water, wind and frost erosion combined with varying degrees of rock hardness have created an unforgettable formation known as the Coke Ovens.

 This row of domed shaped monoliths took millions of years to form and resemble old fashion ovens used to burn coal to make coke. Not the soft drink of course, but one of the base materials used for making iron and steel.

Just beyond the Coke Ovens are the Squaw Fingers. I also see a toaster, flapjacks and a tall multilayered rum cake.
Hmmm, I have suddenly worked up an appetite.
Time to eat.
 I just hope I don't break a tooth.

28 comments:

  1. This is the best landscape photo of the Coke Ovens that i have ever seen Doug... you never do anything in a small way do you !... great sculptures right across the entire frame....peter:)

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  2. A magnificent image of such an awe inspiring landscape. You have done it proud. PS. Is that you o the horizon eating a hamburger with the lot.

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  3. That's a fine, fine picture of one of nature's wonders. No matter that I understand how these formations eveolved I'm always astounded at such beauty and oddness.

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  4. HA! The power of suggestion! What a beautiful place, Doug. A dream come true for a photographer like you!

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  5. Very impressive forms. The nature is unbelievable.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. majestic panorama Doug, incredible beauty

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  7. such a beautiful capture of such a dramatic place.

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  8. How beautiful! An amazing piece of natural art!

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  9. fantastic scenery and colors - thanks for your comment on my book

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  10. Przyroda potrafi czynić cuda, a my możemy podziwiać jej wspaniałe efekty. Cudowne miejsce i zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
    Nature can do wonders, and we can admire its stunning effects. Wonderful place and photo. Yours.

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  11. Ha ha... You made me laugh so hard that my dentures fell out.
    Can you help me to find them?
    Can't eat the layer cake, toasts without them. ;o)

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  12. amazing formations. superb composition

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  13. An amazing image of natural sculptural forms.

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  14. Just beautiful Doug--amazing to think of the breadth of time necessary for the wind and elements to carve these monoliths. It's reminiscent of our recent trip to the Red Rocks. My kids had a blast finding familiar shapes in the rocks. Nature, it seems, really gets a kick out of Snoopy.

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  15. I may die from heart attack if I’d be at the top of the rock formation. Tremendous landscape!

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  16. these natural shapes and figures offer so many possibilities of interpretation! i find them intriguing and fascinating, and if i try i can see some of the things you "saw" ... but not the toaster, alas !! ;-)

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  17. amazing landscape beautifully composed

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  18. that's quite a sight.. nice shot! :)

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  19. Impressive and beautiful landscape!!! Great capture!
    Have a nice day.

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