Saturday, February 21, 2015
A Slice Of Heaven
Tent Rocks in New Mexico is a National Monument. Bet most of you didn't know that! It's less than a 45 minute drive from my door-although I don't take advantage of it being so close as much as I think it should. Blame it on the never ending lament of, 'not enough time'.
This unique geological phenom is a result of a cataclysmic volcanic eruption took place event many, many years ago (a few million really). The volcano that 'blew it's top' no longer exists and instead, we are left with a giant caldera:
"The area owes its remarkable geology to layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by pyroclastic flow from a volcanic explosion within the Jemez Volcanic Field that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent rocks. The tent rocks themselves are cones of soft pumice and tuff beneath harder caprocks, and vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet." (from Wikipedia)
If you come to visit New Mexico, make sure you put this on your list of stops-even in a wheelchair, you can at least see these rock formations without having to do the hike. If you can hike, it is an easy hike and GREAT for kids! To better plan your trip, be sure to visit the department of tourism's website (New Mexico True).
In the meantime, join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!