Thor's Hammer, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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Bryce Canyon National Park transcends 2000 feet (650 m) of elevation, the park exists in three distinct climatic zones: spruce/fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest, and Pinyon Pine/juniper forest. Bryce has over 100 species of birds, dozens of mammals, and more than a thousand plant species.

Bryce's spires are called "Hoodoos". They are formed when ice and rainwater wear away the weak limestone.

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Comments (9)

picsonthemove on January 11, 2009

My first thought was a candle holder, excellent colors



Doug Best on January 14, 2009


Lots of interesting rock formations at Bryce. This picture was taken not far from Inspiration point where I took the other picture that you commented on. Greetings from Ohio where we got lots of snow today!


Domiciano Garcia Neg… on February 3, 2013

¡¡Espectacular,bellisima foto,Saludos.Gracias por comentarios.-Domnegrin.tfe

Doug Best on February 3, 2013


Thank you for your kind comments L&F!

Friendly Greetings from Central Ohio!


Gradus Hageman on February 10, 2013

Sandstone I suppose?

Doug Best on February 11, 2013

Hi Gradus,

Good question! They are made out of limestone and called Hoodoo's. I was told when I was a boy that the one in my photo is named "Thors Hammer". I added some additional information on Bryce in the description.

Thanks for visiting!

Friendly Greetings from Ohio, Doug

Zdzisław Ignarski on February 17, 2013

So nice shot I Like it so much. Frendly greetings from Poland. See my city

Doug Best on February 18, 2013

Hi oolalaa,

Thank you for your kind words and Like!

Friendly Greetings from Ohio to Poland!


Ijaz Ahmad Mughal on March 28, 2013

Beautiful capture composition ,Color and perspective,Like.Best greetings from Ijaz Ahmad

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 6, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Doug Best
    • Camera: Canon EOS 30D
    • Taken on 2007/08/14 10:59:31
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 45.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash