Cathedral Gorge's 'badland' topography does not permit many plants to take root since the clay is constantly eroding away. Several non-native tree species have been planted at the campground to provide shade. In addition, temperature extremes make it tough on plants, with winter freezing and above 100 degrees F in the summer.
A 4 mile hiking loop trail ventures into remote areas of the 1,608 acre Nevada state park.
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mirosu (10942) 2013-12-12 4:21
Another excellent mountains landscape photo. Same as in previous photo also here you are presenting superb details and textures. All in very good light. Nicely done.
Noel_Byrne (17203) 2013-12-12 10:37
This sounds like a tough place, and the photo reflects that. A really beautiful and otherworldly, and harsh looking environment, it has the feel of freshly cooled lava, although as your note the effect is created quite differently. I a lot of the wonders of the US from your posts, thanks again.
All the best
serp2000 (35776) 2013-12-12 20:20
This "Cathedral" from Nevada looks like a continuing of that photo from New Mexico. Impressive pattern, very interesting graphic and we can see the levels of the periods. TFS!
delpeoples (50667) 2013-12-13 2:34
Ahh I've got Bruce Springsteen's Badlands playing in my head, though I don't doubt that he was singing about a completely different place. Anyway, once again this landscape stuns me. The textures, the powdery blue sky and the incredibly unique structure are so impressive. top shot, congrats.
Have a Gorge-ous Friday
Miguel82 (17317) 2013-12-25 8:43
Amazing mineral badland, your photo note is instructive about the formation of that gorge, an almost sterile place, nice colors and pov, have a nice day Ray