52 Weeks Of Photo Challenges

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A2 Creative Angles

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When I lived in Panama I knew about a rock wall that occasionally tourists would climb. I had driven past it and wondered what had caused the rocks to take on their interesting shape. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I went back for a visit and took some photos that I was motivated to do a google search and learn more about what caused the interesting rock formation.

I learned that this type of rock is called columnar basalts. They result when a lava flow cools quickly. The lava contracts vertically but cracks perpendicular to it’s directional flow with remarkable geometric regularity. In most cases forming a regular grid of remarkable hexagonal extrusions that appear to be made by man.

I think I will keep my feet planted on the ground to photograph things like this. Unfortunately with my lack of upper body strength I wouldn’t get 6 foot off the ground! I’ll leave that up to the experts or tourists who don’t know any better!

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9 thoughts on “A2 Creative Angles

  1. I like that you did three photos – from the first one you can’t tell how huge it is!

  2. Interesting. Why do people feel they have to write on something like this? I hate that!

  3. Those same type of geological structure can be found in Yellowstone at Sheepeater Cliff. There you might find marmots who live in the rocks instead of climbers. Very interesting. I concur with the comment about defacing them.

  4. Great photos… I can’t believe how large that is!

  5. So very cool and scary, great shots !

  6. Too bad about the graffiti. I think I’ll have to visit here myself…not to climb of course.

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