Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dwarfed

Bicyclist and Wingate Sandstone, Colorado National Monument, Colorado
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Dwarfed by sheer walls of desert sandstone, a lone cyclist tests his endurance by biking along a national park road which eventually snakes up the valley to the canyon rim. 


The reddish Wingate Sandstone formation is composed of ancient sand dunes dating from about 200 million years ago. It towers above the valley along a fault line to form immense cliffs throughout Colorado National Monument. 

On this particular day, we spotted a pair of Peregrine Falcons flying along the cliffs where they had made their aerie on a rocky ledge.


19 comments:

  1. Wow. I wouldn't have even noticed the cyclist unless you had mentioned him. He is indeed dwarfed by the enormity of this rock face. It reminds me so much of Kings Canyon in Central Australia.

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  2. These cyclists are brave guys!:)
    Awesome place!
    Léia

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  3. Gorgeous colours in the rock (I think sandstone was designed for photographers!) and a powerful sense of scale. I always think that the web browser never does pictures like this any justice. It needs to be seen printed nice and big and stuck on a wall.

    Perhaps one day when I'm in your part of the world...!

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  4. It's like huge natural architecture! It's enormity shown off perfectly by the tiny cyclist.

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  5. Amazing image! What a wall!! :)

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  6. Majestic!
    I feel so small suddenly... Ha ;o)

    We can play tic-tac-toe on the cliffs!

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  7. Wow, it gives a wonderful sense of perspective! Always good for a cyclist to wear neon yellow :)

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  8. J'aime les couleurs chaudes de cette roche si particulière au Colorado. Ton pays offre des paysages grandioses que l'on ne trouve nulle part ailleurs et c'est aussi pour cela que j'aime l'Amérique

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  9. I love the texture of the rock here. Beautiful colors too.

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  10. I was at Colorado national Monument last summer. Your image is sooo much better than any I took there. Thanks for sharing, and giving a great "feel" for this wondrous place.

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  11. Wow, a stunner!
    This is a beautifully composed image with drama and atmosphere, enhanced by the lonesome figure on his bike.

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  12. I agree, is is swallowed up by the enormity of the cliff...

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  13. great shot. what a rugged wall! 'dwarfed' is right

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous!
    Wonderful composition.

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  15. awsome sense of proportion, and terrific colour of the rocky wall !

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  16. that's definitely massive, great sense of scale here..

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  17. Magnificent ochre!!! So beautiful!
    Have a nice day.

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