The Devils Postpile National Monument is not far from yesterday's Minaret Falls post, and a half mile walk from the end of Reds Meadow road. Their name came from the apperance of stacked posts which might be used by ranchers to build barbwire fences.
They are basaltic columns, many in hexagon shapes. In this view the bottom are fragments, with the left side exposing their shapes into a curve.
Early 20th century mining interests wanted to dynamite the Postpile and use the blocks to build a dam on the nearby San Joaquin River. This led to their protection by becoming a National Monument.
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ikeharel (58863) 2014-06-02 9:21
A fabulous sight over the location, earth formation in details show how this process "work", Ray.
We have one location in the ramon-Creater called the "carpentry" in the Negev desert, and similar phenomenon in the Golan-Heights a place merely called "Hexagon-pond".
But, I saw a beautiful creek with same stones shapes, in Sicilia, just north of taurmina.
Nice taken a gelogical photo.
elenimavrandoni (14259) 2014-06-02 22:07
Ray, now this is a very interesting note and image!! so nice to learn from your pictures!!
the name is strange and your explanation is accurate and sufficient..far from being a beautiful landscape but a very unique shot for a change!
eldancer1 (28983) 2014-06-04 10:01
Looks like a petrified wood! Been there so long they became permanent part of the environment. Nicely captured with good textures and nice details. I like the rusty colors. Well done, tfs.
nikkitta (14992) 2014-06-04 12:30
Very interesing note to introduce and explain the capture
Like the way it s composed and the light that let admire the materials, the rest of the columns seems like a waterfall
Well done, congrats
Will have a look at your videos