Find a Rainbow in the Falls

Yikes, I’m terrible with posting and apologize (takes a couple hours to select, organize, resize and post). This week we have photos from the end of my trip to Mono/Mammoth over in Devil’s Postpile National Monument.

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A real highlight besides the pile is

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This wonderful creek comes from up north and is a headwaters for the San Joaquin river

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Clearly the area has volcanic origins, with the layers and erosion

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I really liked these formations

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The river falls right off this formation and this is the edge on top. I particularly enjoyed the teetering log

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So pretty

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You can see a bowl carved out from the ferocious water (not shown, lol, depth of the drought)

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But still enough water to see the namesake rainbow

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Not quite? It can be a bit hard to see in photographs

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But hey! I got it

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Another refreshing view

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This is what it usually looks like, can you imagine

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This is a soda spring, with carbon dioxide bubbling up from the still volcanically active ground near the pile

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See the bubbles? Lots of algae

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This is a similar, but more mineralized spring

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It was going crazy, think the rush of a soda can opened after shaking but constantly

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The stream bank is eroding the formation, showing off its cool shapes

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Here it is, Devil’s Postpile

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This is a talus field where the hardened lava has fallen off the formation

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Here are the pillars, the lava was a giant pool in this valley and cooled uniformly and slowly (like hundreds of years of cooling), creating these hexagonal blocks

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They are over 100 feet tall

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Across the valley is a granite face

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You can see some deformation of the flow to the right

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The top has been lopped off by glaciers, which scoured away the rest of the formation around here and over 200 feet higher

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It was pretty up top, but dangerous

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You can see the tracks the glaciers left as they dragged by

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It was quite smoky during my visit, due to a very large fire to the southwest about 80 miles, this was the ash on my tent in the morning

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Another fall farewell

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And a beautiful lake to remind you of summer

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And a very smoky, but sexy, sunset

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No words

 

Up next, the stupefying Sonora Pass!

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One Response to Find a Rainbow in the Falls

  1. Mary says:

    Wow, what beautiful pictures. Such amazing formations.

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