Petrified Forest

Friends,looks like a piece of rotten wood, right?, you would be wrong, this old wood has turned to stone and has lichen growth almost covering the surface.  You can see the wood grain in spots where the lichen growth is minimal.  We walked into the petrified forest yesterday, a three mile loop, but lots of steep up and down.  Spent six hours hiking in, shooting photos, and walking back out.  The temperatures were in low 70s, bright sunshine, no shade, and blasting North Dakota wind.  We were exhausted by the time we got back to the car.  The day would have been perfect if not for the constant wind, at times it tried to blow me over, so i was careful not to stand too close to any edges.  The bottom image shows a scenic of the area around this ancient forest.  Enjoy til Tomorrow MJ

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About mjspringett

Nature Photographer, searching for questions and answers

Posted on May 24, 2012, in Badlands, Geology, Nature, photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while. As usual, I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as clean as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

  2. fascinating mj, glad you survived the wind 🙂

    • yeah and the wind is blowing again today, but i am going home tomorrow, the man and the dog will be happy to see me, thanks for your comments they are appreciated, MJ

  3. I love petrified forests!! Great shot. Have you been t the Painted Desert/Petrified forest in New Mexico? It’s gorgeous and doesn’t look like it belong on planet earth. At least the earth we normally think of.

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