The Mystery of Racetrack Playa
The solitude and mystery surrounding Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa attracts countless visitors each year. The most fascinating feature of this dried up river basin is the rock population. Approximately 200 rocks call this region home and are perhaps the area’s greatest mystery.
The rocks of Racetrack Playa are known for “speeding” around the basin all on their own - some have even reached speeds of up to four miles per hour! The rocks move individually of each other, in random patterns and can leave tracks up to half a mile in length.
Recently David Kingham of David Kingham Photographyspent come time in Death Valley and said his experience was “indescribable”. Being able to sit there under the stars, among these mysterious rocks is something he will never forget.
Here is how he captured this incredible shot:
Foreground is a long exposure at ISO 800, focus stacked 4 shots to get everything in focus and the sky is ISO 6400, 30”, f/2.8
Fun fact: each rock is fitted with a tracking device and monitored.
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The highlights of where I will be going in Canada this summer!!!
1.) Red Rock Canyon
2.) Crypt Lake
3.) Waterton Lakes National Park
4.) Athabasca Glacier
5.) Burgess Shale
6.) Kootenay National Park
7.) Cory Pass
8.) Sulphur Mountain
9.) Marble Canyon
I am so excited to learn more Rockies geology and spend time in the mountains! :))))
Me when I go hiking.
My friends will never understand.
Michael Grab has mastered the art of stone balancing. He explains how he does it. “The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”
the reed flute (or karst) cave in guilin, southern china, was carved out of the karst limestone mountains over 180 million years ago from an underground river that has now settled into a lake. more than 70 ink inscriptions dating back to 792 ce can also be found inside the cave, which was left forgotten for a thousand years before being rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing japanese troops. photos by james p. nelson, christian ortiz, jesse estes, adam allegro, filip m.a.
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