Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sanderlings and Sandpipers

Today I went to the Santa Barbara Breakwater and saw these Sanderlings and Sand Pipers.
Sanderling
Least Sandpiper
Sanderling and Least Sand Piper
Sanderling
Least Sandpiper and Sanderling
Sanderlings

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Petrified Forest National Park - Painted Desert

On my last road trip I visited the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona and really enjoyed it.  Here are some pictures of the painted desert.




These mudstone and sandstone rock layers are called Chinle Formation and were deposited by a vast river in a forest ecosystem 205 to 227 million years ago.  All of the colors are caused by the iron in the sediments.  During deposition, drier climates allow the minerals to be exposed to oxygen, rusting the iron and creating red, brown and orange colors.  Wetter climates can "drown" the sediments, allowing little or no contact with oxygen, causing the layers to be blue, gray and purple.



Uplift and erosion of the Colorado Plateau erased overlying strata, exposing the rocks of the Chinle Formation.









Petrified Tree at base of boulders

Petrified Tree at base of boulders

Panorama view from Kachina Point

Petrified Forest National Park - Mule Deer & Ravens

While I was visiting the Petrified Forest National Park I saw these Mule Deer.

Mule Deer
Mule Deer
Mule Deer
Mule Deer
Mule Deer
I was photographing these two Ravens on the top of the hill and when I changed back to my normal lens they had flown down next to me.
Ravens
Raven
Raven

Petrified Forest National Park - Petroglyphs

These petroglyphs in the Petrified Forest National Park were scratched, pecked, carved or incised by Ancestral Puebloan people. 






This is one of several solstice markers.



Petrified Forest National Park - Petrified Trees

When I finally got to the petrified trees I was amazed at the brilliant colors, size and quantity.  It was amazing.  I couldn't stop taking pictures and I have many more pictures that I didn't publish on this blog.  I was running out of daylight and there was still more to see.  I'm looking forward to returning back to the Petrified Forest National Park.










Here is an explanation of the petrified trees.


The Agate Bridge






This petrified log was sticking out of a cliff

This petrified log was sticking out of a cliff
























Overview of a portion of the Crystal Forest