This mountain, at the background of the picture, named Table Mountain, near Mount baker, has not always been like a flat, black anvil into the sky. It began as lava flowing into a stream valley hundreds of thousands of years ago. The molten rock filled the valley hundreds of feet deep, and hardened to fit the valley's shape.
After the lava cooled, a stream again tried to flow down the valley, but the mass of lava, humped in the middle, forced the water to split into two streams which flowed along the valley edges.
The strean then began cutting down through the soft, old valley walls, erodig them away. During cold period, gaciers flowed in the stream beds, carving even more deeply.
The hard, new volcanic rock resisted erosion. As the valley walls peeled away, the lava flow seemed to rise higher and higher. Finally, the valley walls were washed entirely downstream and Table Mountain emerged, a valley bottom inverted into a mountain top.
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Vagabond (5848) 2006-07-24 10:35
This is a very nice scenery. Maybe better with more sky at the top. Anyway, excellent capture of the ambient and a lot of details and colours. Congratulations ..
maximage (15535) 2006-07-24 10:38
Très belle scène avec de belles couleurs saturées.
Le cadrage aurait pu être un peu meilleur, plus de ciel, mais, c'est une question de goût!
macondo (18595) 2006-07-24 11:10
Hi Michel. What an impressive scene, very well captured, and what an interesting explanation you've given. The colour is fantastic, and that branch bent over the rock cannot be coincidence. I suppose it has taken ages to assume the shape of the rock. I see Rui wanted more sky, but unless you had a wider angle lens at your disposal I don't know how you could manage more sky and still have that branch in the foreground. Great shot of this glacial valley, full of interest.
gravatar (1586) 2006-07-24 12:49
Very impressive scene. Great colors.
fijiphil (1355) 2006-07-24 13:10
I might have gone with a portrait-orientation here, so as to get all the elements in, and still have room for some more sky. As it is the composition looks a little cluttered and un-thought out, although I'm sure that's not the case. I have done a workshop to show what I mean.
jjcordier (75640) 2006-07-24 14:23
Les couleurs de ce paysage sont magnifiques. Effectivement, il manque peut être un peu de ciel (qui est d'un très beau bleu)
sined (4523) 2006-07-25 2:15
splendide et sauvage paysage qui me fait rever !
j'aime beaucoup le regard que tu portes sur ton environnement ... merci Michel pour ce partage!
PJE (20758) 2006-07-31 0:09
Michel the curve in the sun bleached stick really adds a nice balance to this frame. The valley is gorgous and the setting here is a real treat for the eyes. It reminds me a little of the back side of Mt Cheam. Thanks for the interesting note too.