More early Moab hikes (March 27, 2009)

Continuing on with photos from Moab, this next set includes a hike that I took with Leo through Jackass Canyon and another set of photos from Arches NP and a visit to Delicate Arch.

Jackass Canyon with Leo finding his way up the slope below

 

 

 

 

Jackass Canyon

 

 

 

 

Leo in Jackass Canyon

 

 

 

 

Looking upstream into Jackass, into the head of the canyon - Jackass is a shorter canyon than most.

 

 

 

 

Leo catching up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leo hugging the canyon wall

 

 

 

 

Lone Pinyon on the cliff

 

 

 

 

Leo was braver and ventured further up the wall than I did... although the photos don't show it, a slip while climbing the crack between those rocks would have resulted in a very long fall. The other side of the crack was a sheer drop as well, so no real point in venturing too far.

 

 

 

 

Sandstone detail - this sandstone, once at the bottom of an anceint sea, still shows signs of that sea and the sand from which it was formed.

 

 

 

 

Sandstone detail

 

 

 

 

Sandstone detail

 

 

 

 

Sandstone detail with cracked slates

 

 

 

 

More sandstone details taken atop a huge slab laying at the bottom of the canyon

 

 

 

 

Sandstone detail

 

 

 

 

Lichen on sandstone

 

 

 

 

Leo, now at the bottom of Jackass, looking up at passing birds

 

 

 

 

Neat patterns of lichen on sandstone

 

 

 

 

Neat patterns of lichen on sandstone

 

 

 

 

Sedimentary patterns in sandstone

 

 

 

 

In a small hollow at the bottom of Jackass, a small amount of standing water showed signs of recent coyote presence: scat and tracks!

 

 

 

 

More mud at the bottom of Jackass

 

 

 

 

Interesting pattern of lichen

 

 

 

 

Traces of the ancient sea

 

 

 

 

More traces of the ancient sea

 

 

 

 

Beetle and sandstone

 

 

 

 

Traces of the ancient sea

 

 

 

 

Found hat on sagebrush in Arches NP - looking east toward the Manti La Sal

 

 

 

 

Leo photographing distant sandstone formations in Arches

 

 

 

 

The La Sal Mountains provide an awesome backdrop for Arches NP

 

 

 

 

Balanced Rock in Arches NP - Ed Abbey must be nearby...

 

 

 

 

Balanced Rock

 

 

 

 

Playing around with my lens - I don't know if this was intentional or not.

 

 

 

 

Closeup of Balanced Rock

 

 

 

 

Balanced Rock

 

 

 

 

Balanced Rock and clouds that seem to be custom fit to its shape.

 

 

 

 

Balanced Rock

 

 

 

 

The Fiery Furnace, a section of Arches NP that, when the sun is right, lights up like a red-hot furnace. This was photographed in the middle of the day, so nothing too exciting...

 

 

 

 

The start of the walk up toward Delicate Arch, probably the world's most famous arch. The walk is less than 2 miles, so short enough to allow most people access to the view. Here you can see the line snaking up the sandstone.

 

 

 

 

The view of Delicate Arch with the La Sal Mountains in the background. I've heard that the names of Delicate and Landscape Arches were thought to have been accidentally switched long ago... Delicate Arch certainly doesn't look as delicate as Landscape Arch, and the view of/from Landscape pales in comparison to the La Sals.

 

 

 

 

Group of darn kids ruining my view!

 

 

 

 

View from Delicate Arch into a side canyon

 

 

 

 

Closer view of Delicate Arch with better view of the La Sals - kids still in the shot...

 

 

 

 

Photoshop to the rescue!

 

 

 

 

Side-view of Delicate Arch. Few people shoot this angle, but it shows the relatively slight build of this Arch that might, in the right conditions, fall over at almost any time. Hurry up and get to Moab before they all do!

 

 

 

 

View of the La Sals from Delicate Arch - no Arch in the way

 

 

 

 

Alternate view of Delicate Arch

 

 

 

 

Leo near Delicate Arch

 

 

 

 

Leo shooting Delicate Arch

 

 

 

 

Closer view of Delicate Arch

 

 

 

 

The terrain near Delicate Arch

 

 

 

 

Leo at Wolfe Ranch near Delicate Arch

 

 

 

 

One thought on “More early Moab hikes (March 27, 2009)

  • March 18, 2012 at 23:39
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    great photos! Regarding 9389 and 9393…

    the sandstone gets its red color from iron oxide. I believe what you have in these pictures is not lichen, but iron oxide staining haloed around something at the center… a bit of organic material in the original sand deposit or a mineral grain. If so, it’s actually 3-dimensional… alternating “spheres” or shells of leached and concentrated iron oxide around a central point, not just a surface feature. Google “concretions” to see a similar, more dramatic phenomenon.

    9396 may be something similar on a bigger scale. I’ve been fooled by something that looked exactly like it. (Or it may be original sedimentary crossbeds, as you say. Hard for me to say from the photo)

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