The hoodoos of Bryce Canyon are an incredible geological story. 50 million years ago it was a giant lake and floodplain system, which deposited all of the rock particles which eventually became cemented together to form the limstone, sandstone, and mudstone rocks. The tectonic movement of the earth pushed the North American plate up, raising the area from sea level to above 9000 feet! After that, rain and ice weathered and eroded the rocks. Rain would seep into the rocks and then freeze over night, expanding and ripping apart the rock. The consistent rain, seep, freeze, and rip cycle has repeated for hundreds of thousands of years, creating the unique hoodoos you see in this photo.
This shot was taken right after sunrise. The hoodoos have varying color patterns, from deep red to almost white. The rising sun made the reds in the rocks very vibrant and the whites in the rock appeared to glow. It was truly beautiful!
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