House of Four Doors
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"Please summon the Gatekeeper!"
"These are natural arches, holes in the rock, windows in stone, no two
alike, as varied in form as dimension.
They range in size from holes just big enough to walk through to openings
large enough to contain the dome of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Some resemble jug handles or flying buttresses ...
In color, they shade from off-white through buff, pink, brown, and red,
tones that change with the time-of-day and the moods of the light, the
weather and the sky."
(Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey, 1968)
Arches National Park, Utah, contains the largest concentration of natural
arches in the world. This is a close-up of Turret Arch, looking west.
Among the Park's collection of over 2,000 arches, some I thought to be
over 5 million years old.
April 27, 2009