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Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Needles in Canyonlands National Park

The Needles is one of three sections of Canyonlands National Park.     The sections (Needles, Island in the Sky and the Maze) are entered from different sides of the park and do not connect at any point.

The borders of the three sections are formed by the Colorado River and the Green River.

We visited The Needles, which are rock pinnacles banded in red and white.    Earth movements fractured the rock, and water and the freezing and thawing eroded it into today's jumbled terrain.    Doesn't it look a bit like a major city skyline?

These two rocks look like they were carved by man rather than mother nature.

Another view of the "Needles"

Signage advised us that we should not walk in the little puddles on the rock terraces.    Adult clam shrimp and tadpole shrimp must lay their draught tolerant eggs in these water spots before the pools dry up  ................

RJ needed to lean against this rock after jumping puddles for two hours!

Next, my fun fun fun photographic tour at Antelope Canyon......

1 comment:

  1. I remember seeing the needles for the first time - they are so fascinating. Can't wait to see the photos from Antelope Canyon.