Thought I would provide a sense of scale with this picture, as opposed to the previous, which left it in question. :) Easy enough to pull the car over once again and snap a few shots while making my way through Northern Arizona.
Traveling along US 160 this time, here’s more of the fascinating formations that can be seen along the roadside. These two pillars, referred to as “Elephants Feet,” are the remains of eroded, Middle Jurassic Entrada Sandstone. They climb to 5,502 feet (1,677.01 meters) above sea level.
Not much more to expound on here, just a little something of interest amongst this area of wide open landscape.
Thanks for taking a look.
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Royaldevon (24324) 2013-12-09 3:05
It is easy to see why they are called Elephant's Feet! I would imagine primitive peoples being in awe of them! Well, not so primitive people are also in awe! They are gigantic.
You have given us a sharp, detailed impression of the pillars and a good understanding of their scale.
Have a good day,
timecapturer (41826) 2013-12-09 3:22
now this brings back memories. This was one of the first places I visited on my first road trip to the West back in my twenties (ancient history). I only had an analogue SLR in those days and took slides, but I can remember being so impressed with these big "feet", and like you pulled over for a shot. I really would love to see this strange monument again, but then I would also love to re-trace that trip, it was amazing and the mileages done were just ridiculous, but it was an adventure, in my mind like being on another planet, that I enjoyed so much. A good sense of scale here JC, with the road just as I remember it too. Wonderful stuff! and blue skies too! So jealous!
Enjoy a good week - B.
Strangely warm here at the moment after the drama of last weeks storm and sea surge. Expect you are basking in heat still. B.
serp2000 (35776) 2013-12-09 3:40
When I saw the thumbnail my first idea was about chemnies of a power station ;)) no elefants feet. Excellent photo, we can take a magazine like GEO or National Geographic with superb photos etc, but the photo is more appreciate, if it was made by friend.
All the best wishes,
Noel_Byrne (17203) 2013-12-09 4:38
over five and a half thousand feet?? Holy moly, I would never have thought them to be that big. I am glad for your note to give a sense of scale as these are huge! And if these are his feet, I dont want to be on the bad side of this elephant.
I really like the off centre composition on this too, works really nicely. I am also slightly envious of that blue sky, as my photo attempts have been scuppered over the past few weeks with grey dead skies.
Amazing to look at these today and think of the age, that this was once a massive plateau with dinosaurs roaming around happily on top. I've been wathcing a few documentaries about dinosaurs lately, and its reawakened my childhood interest.
What do you call a dinosaur with only one eye??
Have a great new week
Subhogen (4037) 2013-12-09 4:44
Very aptly titled, we are really small in front of nature and her various manifestations.
Very well taken photo showing the distinct features of these cliffs. The road to the right provides good scale.
A sharp and clear photo depicting a very unique and interesting place. Thanks for sharing.
dta (60201) 2013-12-09 4:48
Hello Jason ,
Yes , it was good to include the road on the right to provide a sense of scale , and to show us how huge are this remarkable rocks . Well framed and exposed in the perfect blue sky .
Sergiom (50600) 2013-12-09 4:54
Good morning Jason,
Les voitures qui roulent sur la route donne une très belle relation dimensionnelle avec ces deux magnifiques pattes d'éléphants qui semblent sortir de la terre. Quels magnifiques rochers avec des teintes très intéressantes.
Gigidusud (12193) 2013-12-09 6:37
Splendid landscape with amazing rocks and splendid colors. Well done!
Have a nice week my friend,
ikeharel (48330) 2013-12-09 7:32
Nature doe's beautiful sculpturs on rocks, Jason.
a fine clear shot, excelent details of the stones shown.
Scaled only by the cars and signs on the road.
A fantatic landscape photo.
Nicou (111328) 2013-12-09 8:34
Quelle vue et iamge sueprbe cpatage quelle forme de roche fantastique vue et compo.
Bravo et amitié
PaulVDV (19395) 2013-12-09 9:18
If these are the feet of an elephant, I prefer not to meet that animal in its entirety.
These 'feet' look beautiful with the alternating red and white rock layers.
The road gives a good sense of scale while it's amazing to find such a vast open space just next of these rock formations.
Best regards, Paul
krzychu30 (14986) 2013-12-09 10:59
like some mythic giants lost somewhere in desert of Arizona.They look impressive and intriguing.Amazing what nature can create.You don´t even know how much I envy you to have such views everyday(so much better than a week of rain in Cologne:)
Excellent composition my friend!
I like also color scheme of the scene and so expressive contrast with the blue sky.
Wish You a good day
nikkitta (11142) 2013-12-09 11:15
Salut monsieur le pâle...et petit..
Discovering with your post an impresive landscape of rocks formations, alway seen at movies
So high just in the middle of a so desert landscape, must be an impresive view , besides with such captivating contrast with the always so blue sky
Mon ami, good to leave space at the right showing the route
Te deseo un buen comienzo de semana y que no te encuentres con algun gigantesco elefante
From the South
ourania (22744) 2013-12-09 12:23
you're offering us a great opportunity to observe closely these amazing rock formations while we are also getting a fascinating sense of scale and of their position in the landscape. There's superb sharpness and shapes, textures and colours stand out intriguingly against the fine, smooth, blue backdrop. The rocks seem to be watching over the highway with their suggestive status as monuments/witnesses of an inconceivable age. A fulfilling simple composition. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
rasterman (197) 2013-12-09 13:49
Great composition, I love the colors and texture of this "stones"... At first view I didn't understand the size of those stones but then I saw the road on the right side, and ho haa, they are big!!!!
Very very nice whole work!! congratulations...
Periko (1891) 2013-12-09 14:50
Interesting shapes of these rocks. The vehicles give scale to this great work of Nature. Light is perfect.
carlo62 (23702) 2013-12-09 15:20
finalmente vedo una foto di questi monumenti naturali con l'ambientazione più comune, con la strada vicino.
L'Arizona è una terra incredibile, ma chi, come me, non l'ha visitata, vede sempre foto del deserto avendo l'impressione che non ci sia niente altro.
worldcitizen (6127) 2013-12-09 16:59
Well, I wanted to know what other strange things there were in Arizona, and now we see some giant "elephant feet"! ;-) These are definitely interesting, and I like the bit of road that's included on the right. Nice job capturing these pillars and the surrounding landscape.
delpeoples (50667) 2013-12-09 21:20
Elephant's FEET? Are you kidding me? Sure elephant certainly came to mind, but that part of their anatomy did not. Well true to form, you have lived up to your nickname - or perhaps it's me and my naughty mind. Anyway, these er..formations are very interesting. They certainly are huge, beautifully coloured and you've picked up some amazing textures and details. The little cars on the right look like ants, so you've done a great job in giving us a sense of scale. Wow, this is amazing.
mcmtanyel (8209) 2013-12-09 21:45
This reminds me of the fairy chimneys of Cappadoccia, though these are much larger than their Cappadoccian counterparts. Excellent color, DOF and light complementing a skillful composition.
fabbs99 (14461) 2013-12-09 22:32
Perfect lighting and a delightful composition.You have captured the mood of this beautiful place extremely well. Excellent photography.TFS.
emka (68624) 2013-12-09 23:58
it is a pity that we can't see you against these rocks but TOS is TOS :).
fantastic rock formations from Arizona. Impressive view. One can imagine how huge the whole elephant would be.
Warm regrads Malgo
mirosu (10942) 2013-12-10 22:13
Another marvel from Arizona. You have taken this photo from excellent low viewpoint, in this way you have created superb contrast against blue sky. The composition is very well balanced. The rock textures are beautiful. You should place somebody at the ground level, such person placement would give the viewer a very good idea of how large (high) the rocks are. Well done.
jhm (131840) 2013-12-11 2:56
Different trips become made through people out of Belgium toward these area.
She are a little bit surprised that I can show, picture of TE about these area.
You choice of angle is excellent done.
Technical a very good picture also pleasant colours.
Composition and presentation make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Cricri (96993) 2013-12-11 10:18
Impressionnant ces rochers aussi spectaculaire par leurs couleurs, bien sur leurs formes laisse place a l'imagination, je ne te suivrait pas dans tes choix pour manger, (soit trop épicée ou effrayante :-) mais pour les paysages no problèmes :-)
c'est tout simplement superbe
npecanhuk (59020) 2013-12-11 17:49
That's certainly so nice to find those formations by the road! I'd stop and take pictures too!
TFS - congrats,
macjake (49318) 2013-12-12 23:34
yes, thanks for putting this one into a bit of perspective for us....that always helps!
I'm sorry, but i just can't resist it....whenever I see rock formations like this i can't help but think of the cartoons of the coyote and the road runner on the bugs bunny n tweety show!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha
always got a smile out of me :)
as for the photo, great to see the road on the far right, and the stone is brilliant isn't it!
wonderful photo, crisp and clear for sure.
see you around
Waylim (24484) 2013-12-17 22:51
There are some amazing nature we have in the U.S. Many people I work with has never been anywhere further than Las Vegas, which was sad to me, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce would only be another couple hours drive away. This is a prime example of what is out there and you don't even have to go far of the main road to see it :) Anyway a good shot that show very well the scale of how small we are in comparison to mother nature. Impressive rock formation.
adores (32694) 2013-12-20 10:17
They really stand out in such an open landscape! The shapes, colours and textures of the rocks are really interesting. Good to include the road on the right side, this way we can see how huge they are.
Didi (53333) 2013-12-24 7:31
Great fantastic place
Interesting rocky separations many millions tears ago it was a mountain
Thanks for sharing
irek1 (782) 2014-01-04 0:12
There are quite different shapes I've ever seen. Interestin composition, good colors, perspective is superb. On your photos from The U.S. I see 100% of pure America, and it's great.
Very Happy New Year & keep in touch.
COSTANTINO (47700) 2014-01-24 12:13
looking at this shot carefull I think
you are right about the title how small
we are superb photo and spectacular
view your notes are very useful
kiks (11749) 2014-01-31 9:52
Thank you for including the road at the right. It allows us to get the idea "how small we are". ;-))