Wind Caves & Carvings (Tafoni)

Valley of the Moon is a fascinating area in the Jacumba Mountains Wilderness (itself a part of the Sierra Juarez Mountains of the Peninsular Ranges) in Imperial County – it’s like a small patch of Joshua Tree with it’s giant granite boulders, but without the Joshua Trees.

It is also an incredibly windy place (Valley of the Winds would be an appropriate name, too – I’ve said that before), and the wind and dust work magic on the relatively soft granite boulders, creating amazing shapes and forms. Some boulders are hollowed out and contain small wind caves that one can step into, and then inside are further carvings that are also called Tafoni (Wikipedia). Some look almost man made, like sacred symbols carved in rock, others appear almost organic or perhaps alien-like.

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