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October 21, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Not Just Ordinary Rocks

Red Rock at Sunrise

Balanced Rock in Arches National Park

While Arches National Park in northeastern Utah is best known for its hundreds of red rock arches, many rock formations are almost equally as famous. Balanced Rock is one of the more well known, as it is easily seen from the main road in the park.

The uppermost part of Balanced Rock, a strong type of rock called Slick Rock sandstone, rests on a less stable rock known as Dewey Bridge mudstone. Since the mudstone erodes faster than the Slick Rock, top-heavy formations occur with some frequency. Eventually the weaker pedestals will wear away and Balanced Rock will collapse.

At dusk, the red hues of the rock are intensified, and it is quite impossible to drive past the rocks and not stop for a photograph. I would imagine anyone who has ever visited Arches has a photograph similar to this one.

9 Comments

  1. Amelia / Oct 21 2008 1:44 am

    I never imagined them to be such deep reds. The sun setting low makes a neat color.

  2. rosemary / Oct 21 2008 6:52 am

    great photo

  3. organicsyes / Oct 21 2008 8:06 am

    What a gorgeous earth…

    tag…you are it:) http://organicsyes.wordpress.com/2008/10/21/7-secrets/

  4. Laurie / Oct 21 2008 8:59 am

    Fantastic colors and light. These formations are truly amazing.

  5. rlovison / Oct 21 2008 12:20 pm

    Another beautiful photograph… well done.

  6. quinncreative / Oct 22 2008 1:31 am

    You sure make the best of the light in these shots. This looks breath-taking.

  7. Bernie Kasper / Oct 22 2008 3:07 pm

    Beautiful light Bo !!

  8. Gandalf / Oct 23 2008 4:33 pm

    Are there people on one of those rocks? Neat shot.

  9. Debi / Oct 24 2008 5:17 pm

    You’re killing me. This is gorgeous. I wish I were there.

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