How not to spoil your future travels to the great Bryce Canyon

If Yellowstone is the maximum security nuthouse for the confinement of the worlds’ most violent colours (until the next eruption of the supervulcano), then Bryce Canyon is the place on Earth where the world’s craziest shapes are being incarcerated in the interest of general public safety.

Bryce Canyon

The best way of appreciating the beauty and madness of Bryce Canyon is to go there without any prior knowledge of the place — like I did. The ideal scenario is to know absolutely nothing about Bryce — no video footage, no photos — and Bryce will knock you off your feet. Maybe not literally, but most definitely figuratively. So feel free to consider this post and these photos as a mean spoiler for your future travel to Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon

The most characteristic feature at Bryce Canyon are the hoodoos, those bizarre and stunning rock formations (official info on the hoodoos follows below). Sometimes the hoodoos look almost too bizarre to be formed solely by mother nature, and not by, let’s say, a contemporary artist commissioned by the sly Canyon administration, in order to attract more visitors. It’s mother nature all on her own.

The hoodoos are constantly eroding, which means that — as with everything else on our cosy little planet — they will die someday. So visit Bryce Canyon as soon as you can, while they are still alive and crazy. 

 

Bryce Canyon

 

Here’s the info about the hoodoos from a poster I found in the Canyon:

‘A hoodoo is a rock pinnacle left standing by the combined forces of weathering and erosion. Bryce Canyon has thousands of hoodoos, in all shapes, sizes and colours. These columns of rock are protected from erosion by a harder caprock called dolomite, a unique form of limestone reinforced by magnesium. Alternating hard and soft layers erode at different rates — a process known as differential erosion — which causes the varied hoodoo shapes. As the softer layers continue to erode, the hoodoos will eventually collapse.’

More pics of the Bryce Canyon on my photoblog: http://www.skorobogatov.com/photoblog/

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