Bear's Lodge

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This is as close-up as you can get to a feature of this dimension. The Bear's Lodge, more commonly known as the Devils Tower, is about 700 feet (250m.) tall and tops out at 5112 feet (1558m.) above sea-level. By way of comparison elevation at the entrance to the monument (The actual name of the site is the Devils Tower National Monument.), about a mile (1.6km.) away as the crow flies, is at 3850 feet (1174m.). Much of that difference is in the final approach to the base of the tower which is quite steep as you can see from the photo. The decomposing rock field surrounding the base of the tower is quite common in my experience with peaks in the western US (at least in Colorado). The tower was and is sacred ground to many of the Plains Indian tribes, most notably the Lakota, where it was referred to as the "Bear's Lodge", as in the title of the photo, or "Bear's Tipi". For more geological and cultural information about the tower go to the National Park Service web site. View is to the NE.

(Submitted to the 2013 March NPC contest as entry #39.)

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Comments (59)

mg1744 on November 9, 2013

Gracias Brijales. It is a fantastic place of majesty and mystery; a photographer's dream which I hope I have captured.

Greetings from Virginia, USA, Mark

Mori Sakurazawa on November 24, 2013

is there UFO base over the cliff?

mg1744 on December 7, 2013

As I recall the movie, the UFO landed on top of the tower.

Thank you for visiting. Mark

Carloso Carloso on December 10, 2013

A great place despite it's name. Like. Regards from Spain

mg1744 on December 17, 2013

Gracias Carloso. I agree with you about the name, so I decided to change the title to the name used by the Lakota tribe.

Best wishes from the US, Mark

Tom Portschy on January 10, 2014

Fantastic work of nature, excellent shot! I like it!

It's a similar rock in Hungary.

Best wishes, Tom

mg1744 on January 16, 2014

Még egyszer köszönöm Tom.

I must go now to your gallery to see the Hungarian version. Mark

Andrey Bogdanov on January 25, 2014

What a wonderful natural heritage! Real art of Mother Nature.



digitaaal on January 26, 2014

Very nice photo of this rare natural reality.


We also have a similar nearby formations. My childhood has operated as a quarry. Here I show her picture

Best regards from Hungary, Monostorapáti: Pista

mg1744 on January 31, 2014

Cпасибо Andrey; и

köszönöm Pista.

Best regards to both of you, Mark

Mario Donati on February 6, 2014

A great shot, I remember Richard Dreyfuss making this mountain with mashed potatoes! Greetings from Argentina.

menonfire on February 16, 2014

Ein absolut imposanter Fels, tolle Aufnahme !!! Like und Grüße der MAIK

mg1744 on February 18, 2014

Gracias Mario; y

danke Maik.

Best regards to both of you, Mark

Luper on March 2, 2014

Hi Mark,

What a beautiful place to visit.

About Juneau:

Unfortunately when we were in Juneau, the whales had already left. Thanks for the tips.

mijodrag on September 2, 2014

Very impressive photograph and galery , very nice photo. YsL I added your gallery to my favorites. Friendly greetings from Serbia-Belgrade,Mijodrag

Jean-Marc Pascolo on September 2, 2014

Beautiful picture. Isn't it the place where Steven Spielberg made a film 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'? Best regards, Jean-Marc (I like)

Diana Popescu on September 2, 2014

Wow! This is it! Indeed.
The close encounters of the third kind's mountain.
The movie that followed me lifetime since childhood!
Best wishes, Diana.

mg1744 on September 4, 2014

Xвала Mijodrag;

merci Jean-Marc; et

mulțumesc Diana.

Jean-Marc and Diana you are correct; this is where the closing scene of Close Encounters of the Third Kind was filmed.

Best wishes to all three of you, Mark

Tamás Borbély on January 27

Wonderfully devised, beautiful photo Mark ! L35 Best greetings, Tamás

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Photo taken in Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming 110, Devils Tower, WY 82714, USA
Devils Tower National Monument

Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 18, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by mg1744
    • Taken on 2010/07/09 23:06:36
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 6.30mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash