Saturday, October 09, 2010

Hoodoo That Voodoo That Yoodoo So Well?

East of Calgary is the high desert known as the Badlands. It is very similar to our U.S. desert with dramatic erosion, colored soils, rare minerals and those spooky Halloween hoodoos. While traveling in the Badlands east of Calgary I was most focused on finding the famous hoodoos. These are geological features where the softer earth has been eroded leaving a cap of harder rock at the top of the column which does not erode so rapidly and thus protects the remaining column of sandy earth below. The result is a strange formation giving a static picture of earth's time.  Below are photos of some of those haunting hoodoos.
 


Young teenage hoodoos watching the sunset.


Momma hoodoo watching the teenage hoodoos while holding baby hoodoo.


                          Daddy hoodoo looking at the big screen TV in the bar across the road.

Hoodoo Dance Party!!

17 comments:

Brian Miller said...

wow. these are really cool looking...esp that second one...what a fascinating world we live in...

slommler said...

These pics are fabulous!! And they are strange and wonderful formations.
Hugs
SueAnn

Leah J. Utas said...

I love your photo interpretations of the hoodoos.

Scarlet Ily said...

What wonderful facts and photos! I had never heard of hoodoos.

Hilary said...

You're a hoot! These are fantastic.

One Woman's Journey said...

Never heard of these. Tabor, I continue to learn from you!!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Those are incredible, I'd love to see them :)

Monkey Man said...

These are beautiful. I love the life you give them.

Bob said...

Daddy Hoo Doo indeed. That was funny. Your pictures were just super.

ds said...

Amazing. I'd neither seen nor heard of these formations. Love the story you give them, too. Congratulations on your POTW, which is how I got here.

ladyfi said...

What delightful formations - they look like mushrooms.

gaelikaa said...

They're amazing aren't they? How cleverly you've personified them.

gaelikaa said...

Oh, I forgot to say - congrats on your POTW mention this week.

Jillsy said...

mother nature is quite an artist! Congrats on POTW!

Land of shimp said...

These are great shots, Tabor and wonderfully intriguing. If we lean close maybe we can catch a snippet of their conversation.

For a moment before looking through these, I stopped to ponder naming areas "The Badlands" because...really, it's like naming a town "Depths of Hades" or something of that nature. But as I looked through the photos, I couldn't help but think, "Whoa, what would those look like looming over you on a moonlit night?"

And I understood the name :-)

deb said...

oh... you made me laugh and lean over in wonder.

so amazing.

CherylK said...

These are absolutely unbelievably fantastic! Had a good chuckle at your captions, too.

I had never heard of Hoodoos before reading a post by The Bag Lady awhile back. Wow...would love to see them in person!

And congratulations on your POTW award. I can certainly understand why Hilary chose this post!