A hard place to grow: Craters of the Moon (Idaho)

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Marilyn Whiteley on November 5, 2007

This is a sample of the volcanic rock found here in Craters of the Moon National Monument.

We camped here once when I was 16 years old. My mother was not impressed: "We might as well go and camp on a pile of cinders," she observed!

Tamás Borbély on November 5, 2007

According to me ideal place onto the campsite.Beautiful with the snowy peaks.Very nice picture, Marilyn !Best regards, Tamás

Marilyn Whiteley on November 5, 2007

Thanks, Tamás. It is a beautiful place to camp, with its own, unearthly landscape. But you must put your tent on crushed volcanic rocks which are hard, and sharp, and "crunch" when you walk on them! Greetings, Marilyn

AlexMatos on November 5, 2007

I like the snowy peaks at teh back, contrasting with the hard foreground.

Cheers, Alex

Marilyn Whiteley on November 5, 2007

Thanks, Alex. That is what I liked most about the scene, too!

Cheers, Marilyn

Tjeert.Mensinga © on November 6, 2007

Hi Marilyn!!

Rough country but impressive,you can feel the distance between were the photo was taken and the snowy mountains,very nice!!

grts Tjeert!

Marilyn Whiteley on November 6, 2007

Thank you, Tjeert. Your comment catches what's very distinctive about the place. If you zoom out with the Google satellite image, you can how abruptly this very rough volcanic country begins and ends, with the snow mountains beyond.

Greetings, Marilyn

©junebug on November 6, 2007

Wonderful landscape beautifully captured by you, Marilyn! Thanks for sharing! Greetings, Anne

Marilyn Whiteley on November 6, 2007

Thanks, Anne. I'll confess that this is one I posted soon after I joined and then took down after a while. But the other day I looked at the Panoramio shots of Craters of the Moon and decided to do a new (I hope slightly better) edit and post it again!! Greetings, Marilyn

Tom Ringold on February 17, 2008

Marilyn... You are letting your"nostalgic enthusiasm" get the better of you, to our benefit! I have a shot of Craters of the Moon from 30,000 feet in my gallery, and it depicts the exact phenomena you describe here; the lava has been deposited on a blank plain.Hope you never stop wondering. Best Regards Tom

You sure get around

Marilyn Whiteley on February 17, 2008

Thanks for sending me to the aerial view and, indirectly, to your pages. You have a wonderful collection.

We have been making the most of my husband's retirement with the thought that people should do it when they can because you never know what the future may hold. We've been having a wonderful time ... and keeping very busy during the periods at home, too! Marilyn

Tom Ringold on February 17, 2008

Unfortunately I haven't been able to retire yet, but I sill do it when I can because it's there to do. Photography for me is extremely rewarding, both the shot and the processing, as Adams so rightly pointed out. It does keep you busy at home. Tom

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Photo taken in Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, Arco, ID, USA

Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 5, 2007
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. SP550UZ
    • Taken on 2007/04/12 10:52:59
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 14.14mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash

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