a bit of perspective

a bit of perspective

That’s North Window on the left and Turret Arch on the right. South Window is in the middle, but hidden by the camera angle – and some large rock. If you click the image for the larger size, you can see small dots along the base of North Window. Those are people. (Gigantic size here [3264 x 2448, 3.7M]).

July 31, 2010. Arches National Park, Utah.


wilson arch

wilson arch

wilson arch

The arch-to-visit for on-the-clock vacationers. Conveniently located right next to the highway, it’s a quick stop to add to your I-did-this check list. Kick the kids out of the minivan, frog-march the surly lot up the couple hundred feet to the arch, snap a quick set of photos to bore the relatives, then it’s down the hill, into the van, and zip! – back on the road. No food or tchotchke vendors, no bathrooms, nothing to trigger any “want” whines from your progeny. One more check mark on the list, and it’s on to the next 15-minute sightseeing stop.

From the BLM roadside sign:

Wilson Arch was named after Joe Wilson, a local pioneer who had a cabin nearby in Dry Valley. This formation is known as entrada sandstone. Over time the superficial cracks, joints, and folds of these layers were saturated with water. Ice formed in the fissures, melted under extreme desert heat, and winds cleaned out the loose particles. A series of freestanding fins remained. Wind and water attacked these fins until, in some, the cementing material gave way and chunks of rock tumbled out. Many damaged fins collapsed like the one to the right of Wilson Arch. Others, with the right degree of hardness survived despite their missing middles like Wilson Arch.

July 31, 2010. Wilson Arch, US191 north of Monticello, Utah.

lining up in attack formation

lining up in attack formation

“I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 roadkill on 191 back home, they’re not much bigger than two meters.”

What do you call a small murder of crows? A mugging?

July 31, 2010. Wilson Arch, north of Monticello, Utah.


sneaking around in back

sneaking around in back

Tourists flee from the rampaging giant Sandstone Mountain Cat, unaware that its resemblance to a giant sloth is not just appearance: the SMC’s top speed is measured in centuries.

July 31, 2010. US191, north of Monticello, Utah.


church rock

beehive rock

church rock

That “small” opening along the rock’s bottom in the first photo is man-made and larger than a garage door. In the 1930’s a religious group intended to hollow out the rock, but didn’t get very far.

It’s an alien ship! And the ETs are using memory-suppression rays so you’ll forget about it! If you don’t see this in the future, you won’t know!

July 31, 2010. Along US191, north of Monticello, Utah.


the common kitchen tube worm

the common kitchen tube worm

It was their first time off the farm, and all of the Clempodunk kids were agog at the different people on the streets. Whispered: “Look, that one’s red!”

January 15, 2011. druid labs pnw.


pink says good night

pink says goodnight

Come here, so I can slap you.

August 1, 2010. The FromWyomings, Powell, Wyoming.