"Geologists theorize the granite of the Alabama Hills was shaped by chemical weathering druing a period when the climate was more moist and the rock was covered with soil. Chemical weathering, promoted by the downward percolation of water, exploited the granite's system of vertical and horizontal joints, zones of weakness that develop as granitic magma cools, separating the bedrock into blocks, then rounding off their edges and corners. As the climate became drier, soil formation slowed and erosion eventually stripped away the soil mantle, exposing the boulder piles we see today."
--- SUE IRWIN, "California's Eastern Sierra, A Visitor's Guide
Just west of Lone Pine off Highway 395, the Alabama Hills have dirt roads meandering through the golden brown giant boulder landscape. In this image can you spot the lone human? Look to the far right a top the large monolith.
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dta (77165) 2014-06-11 6:31
Hello Ray ,
De curieuses , mais très belles formations rocheuses aux teintes étonnantes .
lousat (89918) 2014-06-11 10:39
Hi Ray,very incredible the work of time and nature on these rocks,looks like a lot of sculptures,a great capture with the usual excellent quality,and very interesting note too from the visitors guide,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Silvio1953 (140951) 2014-06-11 11:42
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic place, fascinating landscape, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
fritzi007 (10415) 2014-06-11 12:46
interesting photo, perfect photo quality and very good comment, congratulate!
ikeharel (69925) 2014-06-13 4:33
Beautifully sculptured by nature, Ray, and superbly taken the photo from a fine perspective.
Some of the rocks, forming a look as an imaginary crowded people in publik...
Interesting earth, well done photo.
mirosu (16041) 2014-06-13 7:15
Excellent rock close-up photo with very nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. Superb details. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.