November 03, 2011

Eroded sandstone at Salt Point


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photo by Donald Kinney

With all of the cool places I've been recently I feel like I may still be on vacation. Which reminds me of the time I asked my boss for my vacation, only to have him say no -- I had been on vacation since I arrived.



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photo by Donald Kinney

Best way to get to the fabulously shaped sandstone is to hike down to Stump Beach, cross the creek, hike up the cliff, and follow the bluff to the south.



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A friend, D.P. who has since died, painted a masterful watercolor of this arch, which is how I got interested in actually going to the Salt Point area ten or so years ago. I've been to Salt Point a handful of times since.
I took the liberty of "posterizing" my image (above).



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photo by Donald Kinney

And this is the "brainy" sandstone at Salt Point. Curious rock, isn't it?

[ Source:  Wikipedia ]   The rocks of Salt Point are sedimentary, mainly sandstone. All of these rocks are tilted, exposing older rocks. The rocks at the north end of the park's coast are younger than the rocks at of the southern end. Salt Point is named for the tafoni where the ocean water crystallizes in the honeycomb like crevices. This tafoni is caused when the salt crystals interact with the sandstone making parts of the sandstone harden while other parts soften.

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1 comment:

Scott said...

These are great textures in these shots.

 
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