Montana's Pompeys Pillar and the cliffs across the Yellowstone River are composed of sandstones and shales of the Upper Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation. The Hell Creek Formation, ranging from 75-65 million years ago, represents the last strata of the Cretaceous Period. The Hell Creek Formation has been found to contain the fossilized remains of dinosaurs and primitive mammals. Although no animal or plant fossils have been documented at Pompeys Pillar, significant fossils have been found in similar sandstone beds nearby. In fact, William Clark may been the first to record a paleontological find in the area immediately downstream from Pompeys Pillar. “I employed my Self in getting pieces of the rib of a fish which was Semented within the face of the rock. ...it is 3 feet in length tho a part of the end appears to have been broken off.” It is thought that this reference is to the discovery of a fossilized rib in the uppermost Hell Creek Formation. The rib probably came from a terrestrial dinosaur. The most common terrestrial dinosaurs of that period in this area were the hadrasaurus, triceratops, albertosaurus and tyrannosaurus.
Photo by Ann Boucher, BLM Montana/Dakotas.
Shiprock is a volcanic monadnock in northwest #NewMexico on the #NavajoNation visible for miles around.
It is not apparent to most observers on the ground why this stunning formation is known as Tsé Bit’a’í, or "rock with wings" in the #Navajo language.
This aerial view shows the wings of Tsé Bit’a’í - volcanic dikes stretching out behind it. The name further relates to Diné cosmology in Tsé Bit’a’í being a great bird that brought the people from the north to their present location.
It is a remarkable place to visit, but in order to respect the religious and historic significance of Tsé Bit’a’í, visitors are asked to remain at least three miles from the rock itself, and not to climb it or the volcanic dikes around it. Tsé Bit’a’í is located on sovereign Navajo Nation lands. Tribal lands make up one third of the #ColoradoPlateau. #NativeAmerica#NativeAmericans#visitwithrespect#geology#rockwithwings#nature#blackandwhite#aerialphotography#NewMexicoTrue
The Owyhee Canyonlands is a huge and remote wilderness area in eastern Oregon, southwestern Idaho and northern Nevada. Hidden within this vast high desert plateau are deep canyons carved by the Owyhee, Bruneau and Jarbidge Rivers. The rivers of the Owyhee and Bruneau-Jarbidge systems offer something for nearly every level of boating experience. The Owyhee and Bruneau-Jarbidge river systems provide visitors with unsurpassed solitude in canyons of unique beauty and form. This stunning photo was taken by 2016 Artist-in-Residence Shari Hart. The Artist-in-Residence Program offers 6-to-8 week residencies in several Western states for painters, photographers, potters, sculptors and other artists. In these locations, selected artists can take advantage of artistic and educational opportunities and be inspired from the nation’s public lands. #idaho#bureauoflandmanagement#publiclands#owyhee#canyonlands#artists#photography#landscapephotography
Cinque Terre means "Five Lands" and it is a cluster of five tiny towns on the western coast of Italy. I arrived in Manarola and was immediately blow away by the lively colors of the homes....
“City of Bone”
l find that when processing images with a lot of texture and subtle color like this one, it is a very slow and painstaking process. Typically an image like this will take much longer than a waterfall, sunset, or even night image to finish, with countless revisions and backtracking. This one was especially finicky, I started from scratch at least twice.. As such, it is likely my last image from a part of the world that spoke to me quite deeply. I hope you feel the same, it is a special and unique place- and to be honest, I really feel none of my images to date truly do it justice. Will have to go back.
This is footage of the largest great white shark ever caught in camera.
The seven meter female shark known as "Deep Blue" dwarfed these cage divers off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico.
It's estimated that Deep Blue is somewhere around 50 years old.
Filmed by Mauricio Hoyos Padilla.
Via @fathomlesslife #DiscoverOcean