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Geological Oddity and Puzzle

Geological Oddity and Puzzle
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-28
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature's Oddities [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-21 6:07
Viewed: 2989
Points: 48
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This unusual geological formation is on the edge of the Palouse grassland where it meets the flat farmland. It is the border of a homestead of approximately 10 thousand acres. I stopped at a hard to find home and a very old gentleman told me he was the forth generation living at the homestead and that as a child he remembers hearing stories of how this had formed but had since forgotten. It was NOT MAN MADE...It is made up of some sort of dirt and clay mixture. If it rains for a long time...as in days, then some will eventually slide loose. It is approximately 15 feet tall and about 1/4 mile long. There is sage and other bushes all along it which are rather large. It hasn't been touched by human or machines for as long as anyone can remember (exception of cutting into the side for agriculture) but absolutely nobody in any other area knows anything about it other than its existence. I have asked the local Agricultural extension office which directed me to the geology department and they told me that they had request to research this, but have not had funds nor time.

On the other side of this formation are wild grasslands which are somewhat flat for about 1/4 mile then rise up approximately 700 feet into a large tall hillside of grasses and more scrub brushes. It has been said that coyotes frequent this area at night and early morning hours but for what purpose I cannot imagine. The sage brush is not Oregon, nor California variety but that of the central Washington valleys just east of the Cascade Mountains. It is frequently harvested by Native Americans even to this day and sold to herbal houses for use in herbal formulations for cleansing ceremony. When dried and bundled it can be put on a hot wood stove and causes a strong but sweet smell which is said to cast out evil and demons. I have actually done this a number of times in the winter at our wilderness cabin.

Colours in this image are true to my eye in late afternoon. I have taken the laptop over to this area in order to get more pictures as well as a good GPS reading on my Delorme GPS USB device. Beyond that...I have no answers as to what it is...Tomorrow I shall show a picture of what lies just NE of this rather long and tall formation... For now...this shall be the question....perhaps someone can guess? I am at a loss...

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Dear Bob
What a wonderful scene you captured with intersting note,
Perfect composition,DOF and lighting,Superb shot.

Have a wonderful New Year

hello bob,
nice scene and a lovely note, this geological formation looks interesting, nice natural colours and beautiful texture, good lighting,
well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi Bob

Very nice photo and very interesting note

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-21 8:32]

Hello Bob,
excellent image of this unusual formation.
Very good composition and POV.
Wonderful lighting and lovely golden colours.
Well done,

Hello Bob,
very impressive texture of this land formation!
good clarity with details to view also the interesting notes that goes with it!
many thanks for sharing
best regards

Interesting content, Bob.
Good compo.
Personal note; maybe a geologist can help?
Well done

Hi Bob!
This time I will strat from the note - it is really interesting! Watching picture I thought that it was made as a result of human activity, and I found information that it is not a true!
According to the photo, simply: nice composition, good, warm colours, interesting perspective, and very good title! :>
Friendly yours,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-21 10:55]

Hi Bob,

Isn't nature something? Why do we think that only man can produce something so beautiful and interesting? I love the earthtones in this picture and the patterns and textures of the ground. Another fascinating post.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-21 10:59]

Hello Bob,
The variety of structures in this photo is amazing. The nature is surprising. You made an excellent composition out of it in beautiful colours.

Hi Bob,
This is one of the more original landscapes that I have ever seen! Your notes are very interesting and useful and the picture is well exposed and detailed. Those tones of colors are beautiful. TFS,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-21 12:32]

Hi Bob. A very unusal looking picture. makes you wonder what has done this.the lnes in the eart and the bushes on the hill all very strange.interesting with good detail a. well done TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-21 12:47]

Hello Bob,
Well my friend if it is curved, rather than straight it may be from the impact of a metorite. This almost looks like a glacial morraine but should be longer. Ok I'm done quessing, thanks for the quiz and the great image of a wierd and wonderful.

Hi Bob, great geological formation, splendid composition with wonderful warm colors, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-21 15:14]
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Hello Bob
This is strange indeed and so curious!
Excellent shot and very interesting note.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Namastay Bob,
Yes from your pictures of the Palouse grassland I came to know that the geological structure not only is altered by humans but also by nature. An excellent capture very well composed. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-21 20:07]

Hello Bob

A wonderful natural composition with a wide variety of textures and shapes.
Very good POV and DOF.
The shot has an artistic look to it.
Very good use of lighting.


Hello Bob,

Interesting notes, as usual!
I am always fascinated by the unusual and the unexplainable!
The tumbleweeds look like a myriad of boufant hairstyles! I like how these contrast with the slopes of the 'feature' and the curves of the ploughed field!

Merry Christmas,
Bev :-)

I like the layered composition, interesting landscape image Bob..This is made so by the time you've taken to give a full background of available information, on this strange geological formation..Would like to know if you ever do find out anything..Way to go! :)
Merry Christmas!

Perfectly "BOB" ---it has that great feel that your photos have. I still haven't found the words for it yet...so henceforth it will be known as BOB. :)

To Start: Please have yourself, along with your loved ones, a "HAPPY HOLIDAY" Season.
Do you really believe in this:"... but sweet smell which is said to cast out evil and demons."?????????
Superb note. What a puzzle.
Great imagery.
Best regards from the NORTH from your Canadian Santa!!!

Hello Bob,
What a beautiful and amazing scenery you've captured!!
This geological formation looks really amazing.
Lovely and warm overall browny sunset colouration here, with excellent POV & composition.
Also, superb details and fine exposure.
Well presented with your interesting note.
TFS and best regards,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Hi Bon,

The design of the Palouse grassland is amazing and the unusual geological formation is impressive. The point of view is showing a lot of details and it is also precise. Job well done, thanks for sharing.


hello Bob

this is an artistic composition with different steps,
i like the formation on step one at the botton of the image
and i like too the formations on step 2

i am looking that your lens is Sigma 70-300mm
if you where with a 28mm (in french grande focale)
i am sure your image could be even more dynamic



Dear Bob,

Thank you for showing this interesting formation and sharing the details in your notes.

I am adding your work to my group "Nature's Oddities.

Greetings from the Tzaneen Dam, Limpopo
Hugs to Jane

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