Nature's Gargoyles

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The clefts and crevices in these pillars of columnar basalt, particularly at the top edge, remind me of the gargoyles which adorn many of the medieval cathedrals of Europe. Because the Devil's Tower is sacred ground, the outdoor cathedral if you will, of the Lakota and other Native American peoples, climbing is restricted and indeed prohibited during certain times of the year. If you want to get to the top of Devils Tower, you must, presumably after demonstrating some required level of competence and waiving your legal rights in case of injury, get a permit from the Park Service. Can you count the climbers here? They are ascending on the Durrance route. The surface at the top is relatively flat and about the size of a football field (100m. X 50m.). The views are reportedly spectacular and given what can be seen from the trail at the base as shown in the next previous photo, I imagine the reports are correct. This view is more or less to the north of the south face of the tower.

(Submitted to the 2013 February TTT contest as entry #78 and to the 2014 February NPC contest as entry #24.)

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Andrey Bogdanov on May 14, 2013

Sacred places of locals all over the world better not to disturb. I’m not a religious person, but prefer to follow the rules of local tribes.

Cheers, Andrey

mg1744 on May 19, 2013

I agree with you Andrey as another who is not a particularly religious person. I am struck, however, by the similarities between the practices of different peoples all over the world. In this case, I find the prayer offerings the Native American tribes make at the Bear's Lodge to be remarkably like the prayer flags the Sherpas in Nepal offer to the deity of Mt. Everest.

Greetings, Mark

Nikolai Karaneschev on August 30, 2013

Beautiful shot L, best wishes Nikolai

mg1744 on August 30, 2013

Благодаря Nikolai. Always happy to see a new visitor; please come again often.

Best wishes from Virginia, USA, Mark

PS - I like your taste in cars!

Tom Portschy on January 31, 2014

Very interesting natural structure, well captured! Like

Greetings, Tom

mg1744 on January 31, 2014

Köszönöm Tom. You will be seeing it again soon.

Greetings, Mark

Lady GooGoo La La on February 6, 2014

Sawadee ka,
I am Lady GooGoo LaLa this months moderator for the NPC contest.

Welcome to this months NPC Contest "I Feel Small"
I wish you good luck!

Kind Regards

Lady GooGoo LaLa

mg1744 on February 6, 2014

Thank you and thank you for moderating Lady GooGoo LaLa.

All the best to you from the US, Mark

unnippillai on February 21, 2014

Very good photograph....L....

mg1744 on February 22, 2014

Thank you unnippillai.

Greetings from Virginia, USA, Mark

Tomros on February 22, 2014

congratulation! excellent photo! one of my faves in NPC.

Like 12 + f 5.

greetings, tomas from toronto

mg1744 on March 6, 2014

Thank you Tomas.

Greetings from Virginia, Mark

miru3po on March 9, 2014


Tom Portschy on April 4, 2014

Fantastic rocks! Looks like sculptures! L + F

Greetings from Hungary, Tom

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    by mg1744
    • Taken on 2010/07/09 23:25:08
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