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Rock Pedestal

Rock Pedestal
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-03
Categories: Desert
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-16 14:49
Viewed: 18616
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rock Pedestals are tower-like masses of rock made up of alternating layers of resistant and less resistant rock. The less resistant layers are eroded away faster than the more resistant layers leaving a mass of rock with projections protruding from it. The abrasion (erosion from wind blown sand) is greatest at ground level. NB This is not a Hoodoo or Mushroom rock - they are formed in a slightly different way.

The Uwis area of the Acacus is a maze of rock pedetals, fins and protruding rocks.

Unfortunately the air was full of wind blown dust which made the light harsh and very white.

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Another amazing sculpture of nature from the vast sands of Libya, James.
The rock pedestal is massive and delicately balanced.
Great image, again.
The dust laden atmosphere, in fact, adds a realistic touch to the picture.
Thanks and take care.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-16 21:52]

Hello James

An amazing sight.Very good details you can see all the various layers.It is impressive what time can do.Nicely composed and a lovely sand palette of colours.TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-16 22:20]

Hello James,
Wonderful capture of mother natures own sculpture, great details and beautiful colors, thanks for sharing.

Hello James. :)

So nice to see you back and sharing some of your photographs from your trip. So welcome home! Wonderful capture of this towering rock! Amazing that it still capable of standing for so many years! Great POV and detail, love the colours. You did very well with such harsh conditions. Take care, and thank you for sharing.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-17 4:48]

Hi James

This is another wonderful landscape from you.
I also like the last photo you posted - the one with the arch - but this one is equaly impressive.
Gravity is surely "stressed" here but i guess that's what's so specialy about it.
All the textures on those layers of rocks are very nicely visible and the perspective is excellent.
Good POV and composition as well.

Bravo and TFS

Hello James!
When I watch your photos I start to think that you have visited all countries all over the world :) And Libya is one of these I always wanted to see :)
Great presentation showing the result of wind activity. Fantastic shape of the rock with nice, warm colours all around :)
TFS and best greetings from Poland,

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