The ephemeral beauty of rocks

by Ulf on August 11th, 2008 (Permalink)

Last week one of the famous rock arches of Arches National Park in Utah -called Wall Arch- collapsed from erosion under its own weight. These are before/after pictures of it:

The park has spectacular scenery, with many even more impressive arches concentrated in a relatively small area. Hiking through the Rocky Mountains -not just Arches NP, and not just in Utah- was one of the most inspiring and unforgettable vacations I’ve taken. Some people say it’s just rocks and desert, so what’s so great about it?, but no picture you see and no text you read can do the vast landscape justice. There’s much beauty to behold. I’ve promised myself that one day I’ll go back and see more of it.

When I visited Arches NP in 2002 I took this picture of Wall Arch; it looks like the tree underneath it didn’t survive (it probably grew there because of the shade given by the arch to begin with):

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