Thursday, July 1, 2010
We explored the entire rim of Bryce Canyon. Actually, it's not a canyon, per se, but a series of "amphitheaters" formed by the erosion of the side 0f a plateau. The semicircular amphitheaters contain many thousands of hoodoos, columns of softer rock, protected for a time by caps of harder rocks. The amphitheaters are open to the plateau 3000' below the rim and drain into the Colorado River. Every hoodoo is different and it has been difficult to choose a representative sample of images - the hikers on the trail provide a sense of scale of hoodoos. Some are isolated, as the ET-like one is. Some are in families, others are in armies. There are formations, such as the window that will collapse into individual columns. Truly a marvelous place.