Paria Bluff Hoodoos

Marty CohenArizona, Landscape8 Comments

Paria Bluff Hoodoos

Magnificent Hoodoos at Paria Bluffs

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I know some of the people who have followed my photography for a long time have seen this image before, but, I wanted to post it in this blog because many of you haven’t. I love this photograph and it’s one of my favorites. I knew when I was taking it that the rock structures of the hoodoos were interesting, but it wasn’t until I saw this image on my computer that I realized just how incredible the hoodoos were. I wanted to post it today because this photograph, as well as one from the slot canyons taken on the same trip to Page Arizona, marked a turning point for me as I began to feel like I really was becoming a photographer.

A hoodoo is a tall, narrow column of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin. They are usual formed from by erosion of their sandstone structure, which is a relatively soft rock, and they’re topped by a harder, less easily eroded stone that protects each column from the elements. They’re found mostly in desert areas and range in height from a few feet to hundreds of feet. Hoodoo shapes are created by the erosional patterns of alternating hard and soft rock layers. Minerals within the rock cause the hoodoos to have different colored layers throughout their height. And “hoodoos” is such a great name for them.

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8 Comments on “Paria Bluff Hoodoos”

  1. Good morning! I love this photo because you can see so many different things in it. Like the cat ! I like driving thru this area. Always feel like they are watching !

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