Thursday, July 19, 2012

Go West XXXVI - Book Cliffs

Clouds and Book Cliffs, Grand Junction, Colorado  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved


Afternoon clouds build above Book Cliffs in western Colorado. These cliffs are an arid escarpment of layered rock that span about 200 miles. They are an excellent example of stratified geology, and provide a consummate study model for scientists. The sandstone layers seen here are the remains of an ancient sea that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Yukon during the Cretaceous period, roughly 100 million years ago.

This vast, largely undeveloped desert area contains a protected Wild Horse Range and is one of the few places in the country where bands of Mustangs roam free. The Book Cliffs also harbor coyotes, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and American bison. But alas no yaks.


23 comments:

  1. No yaks? Really? What a shame! :-) The big sky is so beautiful and impressive!

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  3. Photographs of vast landscapes often fail to capture the enormity of the space. No danger of that here. I think it is the way you have included so much sky in your image and those fluffy white clouds that disappear into the distance. It gives the photo great height and depth.

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  4. I love the way you have created a focus on the clouds and then the eye is drawn down, with interesting elements at each level, left to scan back and forth across the Book Cliffs.

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  5. なんて美しい場所でしょう?^±^
    コロラドですか。
    空もたなびく雲もきれいですね。^±^

    which is a very beautiful place?^±^
    Is it Colorado?
    The clouds over which empty also hangs are also beautiful.

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  6. The clouds aligned for you! This photo has a nice balance of opposites.

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  7. Man, I'm loving that sky so freaking much! Awesome stuff man.

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  8. excellent landscape - great framing nad colors

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  9. It's a nice effect in this photo!

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  10. Absolutely breathtaking Doug--I love the space you gave that gorgeous sky.

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  11. awesome shy and intense panorama... great view

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  12. beautiful, couldn't be painted better

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  13. WOW (capital letters !!!) this is so like a magritte painting ...

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  14. Just beautiful! Perfect place for a perfect moment!
    Have a nice day.

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  15. it's definitely vast! beautiful scenery! :)

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