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Somewhere outside Moab, Utah...

there is a spectacular run of huge dinosaur tracks fossilized into the rock. I love the way you can feel the weight of the dinosaur (a sauropod called Camarasaurus) as it cracked the muddy lakeside, which then, miraculously, remained undisturbed enough over the subsequent 165 million years to become fossils (or, more correctly, petrosomatoglyphs).

The site is a little hard to find, which is good because that protects it somewhat from idiocy.

Several massive dinosaur footprints embedded in the rock, thought to be those of a plant-eating Camarasaurus, take a 90-degree turn to the right. Why? The Camarasaurus prints, huge with three distinct clawed toes, are accompanied by more tracks--smaller and thought to belong to several predators, Therapods.

Did the plant-eating dinosaur ever get away? Is the evidence of its life (or death) swallowed up in the pale red rocks, still waiting to be discovered? What did the first people to come across these massive tracks think? Did this discovery mark the first usage of the world-famous expression "D'oh!"?

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Utah is a photographer’s dream. From Arches to Canyonlands, Dinosaur National Park to Lake Powell, and the million places in-between…you could spend a lifetime exploring photography there.

The photo was shot on Kodacolor 100, and scanned in using a Nikon Coolscan 5000. A little sharpening, otherwise little post processing.

As always, workshops welcome should you have ideas on improving this print.

-Karl

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