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The Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness is the most striking badlands area in all of the American Southwest. This photo taken at moonrise on the night of a full moon.

Pentax K5, 1/2 second at f/10, ISO 400, +0.7 bias. Sigma 10-20mm at 15mm. A faux pano at 7 by 21 inches. RAW file processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

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bisti badlands, de na zin, desert, southwest, hoodoo, low light, moonlight, bluemesaphotography, mitchell tillison

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  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 3 years ago

    WOW BH!!!!!! This is TOTALLY COOL!!!!!!!!!! A serious MUST SEE on full size!!!!!! Awesome, awesome!!!!!!!!! When I saw the thumbnail, I thought it was a cool photo manip!!!!!! Even better that it’s for real!!!!!! Faved of course!!!!!

  • Thanks, Lois!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 3 years ago

  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynabout 3 years ago
    Thanks for the memories, I saw these many years ago in Alberta..A hoodoo (also called a tent rock, fairy chimney, and earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Hoodoos consist of soft sedimentary rock topped by harder, less easily-eroded stone that protects each column from the elements.

    They are mainly located in the desert in dry, hot areas. In common usage, the difference between hoodoos and pinnacles or spires is that hoodoos have a variable thickness often described as having a “totem pole-shaped body.” A spire, on the other hand, has a smoother profile or uniform thickness that tapers[clarification needed] from the ground upward. (Geology purists do note that only a tall formation should be called a hoodoo; any other shape is called a ‘hoodoo rock’.)[citation needed]

    Hoodoos range in size from that of an average human to heights exceeding a 10-story building. Hoodoo shapes are affected by the erosional patterns of alternating hard and softer rock layers. Minerals deposited within different rock types cause hoodoos to have different colors throughout their height.

  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynabout 3 years ago

    My stepson was 12 or 13 he’s now 42!

  • ╰⊰✿ℒᵒᶹᵉ Bonita✿⊱╮ Lalonde✿⊱╮

    Wonderful capture, what wonderful effects a fav WOW Nicely done and presented!

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