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More shades of color… [ Tuesday, 16 Oct 18 | 07:12 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |awakeawake]

One thing I like about Cedar Breaks is that there are more colors as compared to Bryce Canyon. Starting with a pure white.



And also the shape some of these formations.



As well as the contrast with the green of the surrounding forest.

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Gimme a break… [ Monday, 15 Oct 18 | 12:34 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |calmcalm]

Not far from Bryce Canyon is Cedar Breaks, a natural amphitheater, stretching across 3 miles (4.8 km), with a depth of over 2,000 feet (610 m). The elevation of the rim of the amphitheater is over 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above sea level. The rocks of the eroded canyon contain iron and manganese in various combinations, providing brilliant colors that led Indians to call it the Circle of Painted Cliffs. Iron oxides provide the reds, oranges and yellows, while manganese oxides provide shades of purple. The color of rock is soft and subtle compared to the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon.

The first thing I saw was this marmot sunning itself.




But you can't avoid being impressed by the colors of the rocks.



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Buh-bye Bryce… [ Sunday, 14 Oct 18 | 11:36 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |okayokay]

Time to move along. I have made this final selection emphasizing the contrasting colors.





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Back to Bryce… [ Saturday, 13 Oct 18 | 07:43 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |creativecreative]

I like it when there are dramatic clouds that contrast with the color of the cliffs as in the second photo.





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Comments on Columbus and more… [ Friday, 12 Oct 18 | 09:34 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |sadsad]

Today is the the traditional day celebrated when Columbus made landfall in the Americas on 12 October, 1492. He was widely venerated in the centuries after his death, but public perceptions have changed as recent scholars have given attention to negative aspects of his life.
When I was growing up in California 60+ years ago, Columbus was celebrated along with the California missionaries. Much of that has changed. Columbus is now derided for his treatment of indigenous peoples as are the missionaries.

To provide some more history, very few people know of Bartolomé de las Casas (1484 – 1566) who spent 50 years of his life actively fighting slavery and the colonial abuse of indigenous peoples. His efforts resulted in several improvements in the legal status of the natives, and in an increased colonial focus on the ethics of colonialism. Las Casas is often considered to be one of the first advocates for a universal conception of human dignity (later human rights).

And speaking of California, not many know about the California Genocide, which refers to the violence, relocation, and starvation that led to a decrease in the indigenous population of California as a result of the US occupation of California. The indigenous population of California under Spanish rule dropped from 300,000 prior to 1769, to 250,000 in 1834. After Mexico won its independence from Spain, the indigenous population suffered a much more drastic decrease in population to 150,000. The period immediately following the US Conquest of California has been characterized by numerous sources as a genocide. Under US sovereignty, after 1848, the Indigenous population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000 in 1870 and reached its nadir of 16,000 in 1900.
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(no subject) [ Thursday, 11 Oct 18 | 13:15 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

More from Bryce Canyon







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Just down the road… [ Wednesday, 10 Oct 18 | 07:13 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |peacefulpeaceful]

A short distance from Kodachrome Basin is Bryce Canyon. Since you have probably already seen plenty of pictures from there, I am not going to inundate with too many more.





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So long Kodachrome… [ Tuesday, 09 Oct 18 | 07:24 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |chipperchipper]

Well, it's time to leave colorful Kodachrome Basin and head for our next stop just down the road.







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Chimney Rock and Sand Pipes [ Monday, 08 Oct 18 | 07:52 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |awakeawake]

Chimney Rock at Kodachrome Basin reminds me of Liberty Cap at Yellowstone.



The geologic interest are the sandstone spires and columns called sand pipes, believed to be found nowhere else on earth. Differing geological explanations of the features in Kodachrome Basin exist. One explanation is that the area was once similar to Yellowstone with hot springs and geysers, which eventually filled up with sediment and solidified. Sixty-seven sand pipes ranging from two to 52 meters have been identified.



Others suggest these sandstone spires are the result of sandstone intrusions which were created as a result of the tectonic activity in the Plio-Pleistocene time, the time of the uplift of the surrounding plateaus.

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Why not Ektachrome? [ Sunday, 07 Oct 18 | 14:21 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |artisticartistic]

When I was a kid, I preferred to use Ektachrome because it had a higher ASA index and I could process the film into color slides at home.

So here we have Kodachrome Basin situated 5,800 feet (1,768 m) above sea level, 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Bryce Canyon. In 1948, the National Geographic Society explored and photographed the area for a story that appeared in the September 1949 issue of their magazine. They named the area Kodachrome Flat, after the then relatively new brand of Kodak film they used. In 1962 the area was designated a state park. Fearing repercussions from Kodak for using the name Kodachrome, the name was changed to Chimney Rock State Park, but renamed Kodachrome Basin a few years later with Kodak's permission.

In honor of its name, I cranked up the color on a couple of these images.






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(no subject) [ Saturday, 06 Oct 18 | 11:53 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

More from the Grand Staircase, but it doesn't look all that grand though.
10/6/18
3 Photos - View album
10/6/18
3 Photos - View album
10/6/18
3 Photos - View albu





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(no subject) [ Thursday, 04 Oct 18 | 08:57 ]
ursine1
In between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon is the Grand Staircase.








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Bye-bye Capitol Reef [ Wednesday, 03 Oct 18 | 10:06 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |busybusy]

It was near sunset when I took these last pictures at Capitol Reef

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This reminds me of Bryce Canyon.



And in this final image, the last rays of the sun lighting up the mountains in the distance.

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(no subject) [ Tuesday, 02 Oct 18 | 12:51 ]
ursine1
We had a nice sunset last night and I was hoping that today good things would happen.
Lucky me! I get to go home today.

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Sunset [ Thursday, 27 Sep 18 | 20:21 ]
ursine1
Today’s sunset from my “room@.
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(no subject) [ Tuesday, 25 Sep 18 | 06:59 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |geekygeeky]

I have to admit that when I was a little kid, I used to collect rocks. So when I got a chance, I took an introductory geology course at a JC back when I was in high school. So even today, I get excited when I see outcroppings and different strata when driving around.





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(no subject) [ Monday, 24 Sep 18 | 10:41 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |goodgood]

I had planned to visit Capitol Reef fourteen year ago, but unfortunately I lost my job and canceled that trip. I had to wait eleven years before I finally got to see what I had been missing.





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The Waterpocket Fold [ Sunday, 23 Sep 18 | 11:06 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |busybusy]

Located in south-central Utah in the red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles (160 km).

it also has its share of petroglyphs.






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More Petroglyphs… [ Saturday, 22 Sep 18 | 08:51 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |refreshedrefreshed]

Guess where these are from.




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Two days ago it was hello hoodoos… [ Friday, 21 Sep 18 | 16:39 ]
ursine1
[My Location |El Masnou]
[My Mood |sadsad]

And now it will be good-bye goblins…









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