Judy Burr, APSA, MPSA  

Monoliths in Devils Garden by Judy Burr, APSA, MPSA

February 2024 - Monoliths in Devils Garden

About the Image(s)

This park is in the Escalante area of Utah and is rather small compared to others, but I thought it was a gem when we discovered it in a book by Laurent Martres. Although it is easy to access, the terrain is mostly sandy which makes for difficult walking. I doubt I could manage it nowJ. The rock formations are petrified sand dunes and are quite different from others I have seen. This is another old photo taken with my Nikon D300 and 18-200mm lens at f 11. SS was 1/60, and ISO was 200. I processed it in Elements, NIK and Topaz. I know the foreground is bright and I did burn it in some, but cropping it didn’t look very good so I left it in.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Michael Smith   Michael Smith
I never knew about Devils Garden. I need to make a trip! I agree that leaving the foreground in the image was the best decision. A little bright but the sage brush adds to the depth. With the sun high overhead it is difficult to balance out the exposure. Very interesting formations.   Posted: 02/13/2024 13:44:57

Rich Krebs   Rich Krebs
Interesting rock/sandstone formations. The color change is very dramatic and is interesting to see. But what caused it?   Posted: 02/18/2024 13:55:25
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Although all my science credits in college were in geology, I am not sure I can answer your question:-). Sandstone is a sedimentary rock and the color may have changed as the structures were forming. They continue to change with wind and rain. It is a very protected area and well worth seeing.   Posted: 02/25/2024 14:19:58

Esther Steffens
I agree that the sage brush adds to the photo. Petrified sand dunes, how interesting!
I have said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, that I think Utah is perhaps the most dramatic and most interesting state. Nice image.
  Posted: 02/20/2024 22:20:53
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Esther, I agree about Utah. There is so much to see there and the variety is amazing. I never tire of seeing tehe area.   Posted: 02/25/2024 14:23:19

N. Sukumar   N. Sukumar
I love the Escalante area. I spent a week camping in the Escalante National Monument working on a service trip. I'm not bothered by the foreground here, because the background sky is also almost equally bright. The strange formations here remind me of some of the dinosaur bones I saw in Dinosaur National Park or the hoodoos in Goblin Valley! I even like the view of the Henry mountains along the horizon peeping through the formations.   Posted: 02/21/2024 11:24:09
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Thanks. Dinosaurs roamed the area when the formations were developing. I didn't see any remains there and haven't been to Dinosaur National Park.   Posted: 02/25/2024 14:22:19

David Stout   David Stout
The petrified sand dunes make the landscape appear like giant toadstools! The photograph is very well exposed considering the testing light conditions, those dramatic shapes certainly give immense impact to this image.   Posted: 02/22/2024 14:34:11