Nope, it didn't come out of the sky! Just a formation
that can be found in the Redstone Dunes of Lake Mead
National Recreation Area in southern Nevada.
What? What was I doing there? I was just watching the
sunlight play on the rock. This sandstone was formed
between 65 million and 250 million years ago. (That
was way before cell phones and Snickers bars came along!)
Are there restrooms and picnic tables nearby? Yes, this is part of an interesting loop hike or trail, that begins at a signed parking area at Mile Marker 27 on Northshore Road.
Why are the rocks RED??? During the age of the
dinosaurs, these bright sandstone formations were part
of a great sandy desert stretching to what is now
Southern Colorado. Minerals cemented the shifting sand
into stone. "Rusted iron molecules" give the stone its
brilliant red color. (A bit like the album title of
Neil Young's classic performance, "RUST NEVER SLEEPS.")
Most animals living in this harsh landscape come out
only at night. Look carefully in the sand, and you'll
be able to find tracks of lizards, kangaroo mice,
beetles, and maybe even kit foxes or coyotes.
When I was here for a short time, I saw several
birds and lizards. Perhaps the next time I visit this
area, I'll capture a photographic image of them.
But for right now, I'm left with this rock. Do you
have a flexible imagination? Doesn't it resemble a
face with the mouth wide open? (Somebody waiting to
have a tooth pulled?) It was radiently beautiful, and
that's why my mouth was open as I looked upon it.
Lake Mead NRA in March 2008