Scotts Bluff National Monument is located in Western Nebraska and encompasses 3000 acres of interesting rock formations arising out of the plains. The bluff, rising 800 feet abouve the North Platt River, formed by erosion of the surrounding plains and was itself protected by a coating of hard limestone. The bluff, like Chimney Rock was a prominent landmark along the Oregon Trail, the passageway of many Americans to the west. The passageway between the two formations (which the road now follows) is Mitchell Pass. During the time of the earliest travelers, the pass was a hazardous route, but the preferred route of wagoneers. Part of the path was carved out by the U.S. Corps of Engineers in the 1850s to make traveleing through this area easier. On the left is Sentinel Rock, and on the right, Eagle Rock. Three other named rocks are part of this formation.
Today, one can drive or hike to the top of the formations on the right, obtaining beautiful views of the Nebraska Landscape; and on clear days, one can even make out Chimney Rock, some 20 miles away. Just be on the lookout for rattlesnakes, which are popular in this area. We saw one from the trailhead.
Info from http://www.nps.gov/scbl/
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Cormac (26565) 2006-10-22 17:40
Very nice shot! I like the way you used the road in this to bring us into the scene, and point us right at the bluffs. Good symmetry between the two bluffs too, and the gap in between. Well done!
gunbud (34066) 2006-10-22 19:02
Nicely framed with the road leading into the bluffs, also interestiing colors.
macondo (19624) 2006-10-27 2:24
Great composition, Amber. The bend in the road, and the oncoming car lend a good sense of perspective and depth to the scene. If you cropped the top, I think you could have left a little more of the sky in there. Thanks for the interesting note about the scenery and the rattlesnakes!
izler (8) 2006-10-28 7:09
you are presenting wonderful landscape-mountain photo with superb perspective. point of view, colours, contrast, using of light, sharpness and details are great