Saturday, 1 June 2013

Picture This #202 ~ Rocks

Many thanks to Anders for hosting this weeks challenge. He was a little bit early posting, on Thursday, so there are a couple of late entries for last week's Water theme posted after his theme post. LOL.


'Rocks' is quite a good theme for me, as they feature in a LOT of photos I've taken over the last few years, particularly on my trips with Joanne to Nevada, Utah and Arizona. In fact, it was difficult trying to narrow it down to three!! I've tried to go for variety with my shots:



1) A close-up of cinder-rock from one of the lava-flows at Sunset Volcano crater, Arizona. A fairly young volcano, it erupted approx 900 years ago.

Lava Macro 1

2) Stack Rock, Pembrokeshire coast, Wales. Slowly losing it's battle against the sea.
Stack Rock

3) Sandstone formation at Valley Of Fire state park, Nevada. I call it the 'ET Rock'
Red Rocks 1

20 comments:

  1. You have achieved variety - wow! Fascinating cinder rock, so many nooks and crannies, almost like coral, quite nicely captured. I love Stack Rock, it does look like it is going into the sea. A cool blue picture - and in contrast the red rock of Valley of Fire. It does look like ET. It's also very stunning.

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    1. Thanks Benni. Yes, the cinder-rock is a little like coral. It's very light and brittle. The good thing about Stack Rock is that it's in a bay, so I can photograph it from several different angles.

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  2. I love your shots Mitch especially the last one. I love
    the color of it . It does look like ET.
    The cinder rock is great also. love the texture.
    The rocks in the Sea is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Sue. As soon as I saw that sandstone formation, I said 'It's ET!!' LOL.

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  3. Great shot of the pcckmarked rock.

    Looks like the very place for a shipwreck.

    Peculiar rock pillar.

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    1. Thanks Anders. The coastline around Pembrokeshire is known for shipwrecks over the years, but I've not heard of any taking place on Stack Rock, surprisingly!!

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  4. Wonderful shots, Mitch. That rock is really eroding out there in the sea, you first close up is amazing, but I simply love ET. "ET phone home" It sure looks like it. Yes.

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    1. Thanks Marianne. There were actually three sandstone formations in a row there, all of odd shape, but I liked the 'ET' one best.

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  5. Very artistic shots Mitch. The first is very interesting - you have rocks in Wales? and the third is very extra terrestial

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    1. Thanks Pat. Do we have rocks in Wales? Yeah, a few. LOL.

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  6. I like the nooks and crannies in the top photo, the sharp edge of the middle and the awesome color of the bottom one...all three are fantastic (as usual) :)

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    1. Thanks Danette. I guess a lot of air bubbles get trapped in the lava when it's molten, which is why it has this texture when it cools and solidifies.

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  7. Excellent shots mate I knew there would be a macro lol I really like them all but especially the last one;)

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    1. Thanks Baz :-)) It wouldn't be me without a macro!!! LOL.

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  8. lol, great name for that last photo. Such amazing rock formations.

    That first one is very interesting. I hope to be fairly young at 900. Did Methuselah live that long?

    The Stack Rock photo is my favorite. I almost expected to see a mermaid atop there.

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    1. Thanks Debby. I wonder if I'd look as good as that rock when I reach 900? LOL.

      That mermaid would have a bit of a climb, that rock is steep :-))

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  9. Excellent shots, Mitch! The macro is very much interesting, love your words regarding the second... I look at it and I see a strong resemblance to a shipwreck... Very cute 'ET'!

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    1. Thanks Belita. There was a very bad shipwreck near there a few years ago. Not at this rock, but a few miles further up the coast. An oil tanker called 'Sea Empress' ran aground in 1996 and spilled 72,000 tonnes of crude oil. It was an environmental disaster.

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  10. Mitch, what great shots to go along with the theme. That is a great close up shot of the volcanic rock. The rock formation off Pembrokeshire resembles a sinking vessel. It looks menacing. The last shot is my favorite. It does resemble ET.

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