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Somewhere in time
"And you run, and you run to catch up with the sun,
But it's sinking.
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way, but
You're older.
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death."


Pink Floyd (1973)

Actually, my topo link got screwed up. This landmark takes several days to reach; its not like you can jump off a boat from Lake Powell and suddenly come upon it. Please see THIS PHOTO from SP-member 'Scott.'

Atop the Rainbow Plateau southwest of Rainbow
Bridge National Monument, the harsh environment
beats in remarkable rhythm with Nature. The
landscape dominating this canyon country is the
product of eons of geologic activity; shifting
of continents, global rising and falling of sea
levels, and creation of highlands now worn and
redeposited. At times, desert dominated the
landscape; sometimes, freshwater or saltwater seas
invaded, leaving rivers to erode the layers.
The last uplift of the Colorado Plateau began
about 10 million years ago. Uplift made meandering
streams of the Colorado River run faster and cut
the canyons that are Lake Powell's basin. Navajo and Wingate
Sandstone, the dominant formations (seen here,) are
made of sand dunes hardened by ground water
minerals.
The deposits eventually wore away
with the elements, revealing the landscape seen
today.

PLEASE CLICK the photo for a CLOSER view of
the sandstone, and enjoy this natural treasure.

~ Photographed exclusively by Gary Ladd ~
(November 1994)
Taken in San Juan County, Utah, just south of
Lake Powell and north of Arizona.

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BigJordanVery cool!

BigJordan

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that is one weird rock formation. I feel that now that i have seen this picture that I may have to make a special trip to check that thing out!!!
Posted Feb 14, 2008 9:05 pm

lcarreauRe: Very cool!

lcarreau

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It borders on the bizarre. I have to keep
on pinching myself to make sure it's real.
Posted Feb 14, 2008 10:48 pm

BazZwow

BazZ

Voted 10/10

What a landscape !!!!!

Posted Feb 15, 2008 12:55 pm

lcarreauRe: wow

lcarreau

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Yes, in southern Utah they call it
'slickrock.' In Arizona, we call it a
'dreamscape.' I still miss the ocean!
We can't have everything in this crazy
life ... la vida loca!!! Thanks, BazZ!
Posted Feb 15, 2008 1:54 pm

BazZRe: wow

BazZ

Voted 10/10

what a beautiful word: Dreamscape...
Posted Feb 15, 2008 3:02 pm

lcarreauRe: wow

lcarreau

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Yes, it's the kind of 'dreamscape' you
could spend half of your life looking at
and exploring. Many books have been
published, paintings have been painted,
dreams have been dreamed, hills have been
explored and rivers have been RUN ... but
it always helps to know that Nature is the
supreme artist and captivator. Thanks!!!
Posted Feb 15, 2008 3:13 pm

BazZRe: wow

BazZ

Voted 10/10

Supreme artist.... I Agree

that's the explanation I was looking for for years... THANKS A LOT.....
Posted Feb 15, 2008 4:27 pm

lcarreauRe: wow

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Hey, BazZ! I got that word "supreme"
from the "hamburger supreme" at the fast-
food restaurant across the street. They
don't sell beer, but their burgers are
out of this world!!! : - )
Posted Feb 15, 2008 4:35 pm

BazZRe: wow

BazZ

Voted 10/10

: ))))
Posted Feb 15, 2008 4:49 pm

peterbudsandstone marvels...

peterbud

Voted 10/10

...of Arizona and Utah - I miss those! Incredible stuff...
Posted Feb 15, 2008 12:57 pm

lcarreauRe: sandstone marvels...

lcarreau

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Greetings, peterbud! It seems to have a
universal attraction. I've been living
in Arizona since 1991, and I miss the ocean!
The Rainbow Plateau is an "ocean of sand
that has turned to stone!" Thank you.
- Larry
Posted Feb 15, 2008 1:58 pm

NikmanWow

Nikman

Voted 10/10

What a colourful scenery!
Posted Feb 15, 2008 2:46 pm

lcarreauRe: Wow

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

I love snow and trees! But this is a
refreshing break from the snow and trees,
at least for a couple minutes. I wonder
if SP-member Radek has seen this yet?
Thanks for your contribution and comments.
Posted Feb 15, 2008 3:01 pm

rdmcAwesome attraction!

rdmc

Voted 10/10

This is an incredible formation! Thanks for sharing it with us. "Dreamscape" is a very good description.
Posted Feb 15, 2008 6:41 pm

lcarreauRe: Awesome attraction!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

When something is beautiful, you want to
share it with the whole world! Some people
dream in black and white. I often dream in
crimson, pink and orange! I think it has
something to do with being born near the
ocean. Thanks for your comments and
wonderful contributions, rdmc!!! !!!
Posted Feb 15, 2008 7:08 pm

Dan Leonhardgreat photo!

Dan Leonhard

Voted 10/10

thank you for sharing. Looks like the formation behind is well on its way to an arch.
Posted Feb 15, 2008 7:05 pm

lcarreauRe: great photo!

lcarreau

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That really means a lot coming from you,
Dan! And you're absolutely RIGHT. I am
just an AGENT between the camera and the
Colorado Plateau. As far as geology, there's
something being "built up" and "torn down"
with each passing day. Nature is quite
satisfied with her WORK. And I am happy...
just to dream about it!!!! Thanks, Dan!
Posted Feb 15, 2008 7:14 pm

Gangolf HaubTruly wonderful

Gangolf Haub

Voted 10/10

I have always wanted to get a closer look at the desert sandstone towers of Utah and Colorado. Sandstone, especially the red one, is a wonderful kind of rock. Over here we have quite similar formations. However, they are often overgrown and almost invisibly hidden among dense trees.
Posted Feb 18, 2008 4:53 pm

lcarreauRe: Truly wonderful

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Gangolf, I understand that you and others
would like to get a closer look at the
geological wonder called the Colorado Plateau.This is basically the reason I
posted this photograph. Why should photos
like this one be hiding in a dusty basement
or attic? Sandstone is a favorite of mine,
also. But, the formations in Utah have been
cast or created in the middle of a desert,
so I'm suggesting orientation skills and a
good topo map when visiting these natural
treasures. You are kind, and thank you for the wonderful comment and for contributing
so generously to SP! Have a great day.
- Larry of AZ
Posted Feb 18, 2008 5:34 pm

Rocky AlpsCool hourglass!

Rocky Alps

Voted 10/10

I've got to get down to southern Utah this summer.
Posted Feb 28, 2008 3:03 pm

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on Feb 14, 2008 8:11 pm

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