Bryce National Park is fascinating. As I walked to one of the overlooks I saw such variety of rock colors and formation shapes. I was spellbound and if it had not been so hot, I could have stayed for hours.
The repetition of shapes, shapes that reminded me of pictures of Angkor Wat Cambodia from my long ago art history course, had me imagining ancient cities with ancient gods guarding those cities. While man made the Angkor buildings, nature used wind, water and temperature (freezing) to create these shapes.
The ‘hoodoos’ are tall and slender spires that rise from the arid basins. They range in height from the height of an average man to the height of a 10 story building and no place has as many as the northern part of Bryce Canyon. 30 to 40 million years ago this was a lake bed. You might enjoy reading more about them at http://www.nps.gov/brca/naturescience/hoodoos.htm
The vast array of hoodoos and combination of colors is almost overwhelming. There are so many details and so many repeated shapes that held my attention. I just had to share some of the pictures with you.
Makes me want to make a bracelet in bas-relief with hoodoos!