Blue Mesa, Petrified Forest National Park

Some semi-abstract impressions from the Blue Mesa loop trail at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. They’re not abstracts in a strict sense (because the features of the landscape can still be clearly identified as such) but they’re not really intimate landscape photos to me either.

Which is perfectly fine – why would everything have to fit into a certain category? Considering the time of day (I mentioned in my article with the petrified tree details that we should have proceeded to Blue Mesa right away in the morning) and the relatively harsh direct light, I’m quite happy that I found these images and how they turned out.

The orange/brown pebbles in the photos with their nice and round shapes were deposited by rivers and fast-flowing water in the Triassic period. By comparison, the equally orange/brown pieces of petrified wood are rough and irregular in shape. Fine, silty material has been deposited in the colorful layers of mud and clay. The many rills and cracks are the result of bentonite clay expanding with water and then shrinking again as it dries.

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