Print of the Month June 2010

242 Pine Tree and Hoodos

242 Pine Tree and Hoodos

Bryce Canyon is not considered a real canyon since it is not carved by flowing water. Although, the freeze thaw cycle of water is the process in frost- wedging which is responsible for the development of the hoodos.

Hoodos are tall, narrow formations of soft sedimentary rock topped by harder rock. They can vary in size, extending to heights beyond that of a ten story building. The hoodos are formed by water seeping into the cracks or pores of the rock, freezing and causing expansion of the crevices. The melting of the ice allows more water to seep into more cracks, and the cycle continues. Rain being naturally acidic washes away any loose rock and rounds the edges to provide a totem-pole appearance

The hoodos are located in abundance in the northern section of Bryce Canyon National Park located in Kanab, Utah. Due to the low humidity, superb air quality and high elevation on a clear day you can see for hundreds of miles. One might fall to the temptation of using color film to document the brilliant red, orange and white colors displayed in the rock, but again, I would not have that! Could the color be a distraction to the detail?

I stopped at this location for a few reasons. I had an appreciation for the lone tree standing erect like the hoodos behind it. And the contrast of the soft pine against the hard rock amphitheater. A treat stands in the distance, as another pine in it’s early years is trying to stand tall.

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