The thimble-shaped ‘cliff face’ looms over the Wyoming landscape and can be seen for miles in all directions.
Jeremy and I had several conversations supposing how it came to be.
Turns out it was magma that rose through existing sedimentary layers.
It was my first time here and Jeremy’s first since he was a kid.
We walked the ~ mile around the tower so I have a comprehensive 360 degree photo tour appreciating all the angles.
I think this string is prayer related. I saw few throughout the walk.
Just some editing fun.
I love dark shadowed trees in the forefront and with sky/light/sunsets behind. I tried painting a memory of this from the Oregon coast, it turned out okay.
Jeremy climbing rocks. I wanted to, but also had my really good camera, so opted out.
I love looking at and observing tree growth. It is absolutely amazing and unfathomable how long some trees have been here. I still haven’t found a source that explains tree biology in layman’s terms. Minute Physics, can you take care of this? k thanks.
Devils Tower offers several impressive view points.
Lush valleys with water sources, coverage, and ample light.
As the magma cooled, hexagonal (and sometimes 4-, 5-, and 7-sided) columns formed. As the rock continued to cool, the vertical columns shrank in cross-section (horizontally) and cracks began to occur at 120 degree angles, generally forming compact 6-sided columns. [source]
While we were there we saw 4-5 people climbing the side closest to the trailhead. According to Wikipedia only 1% of Devils Tower’s visitors climb the protruding rock face.
It was a beautiful day and hike around the formation. A nice couple thousand steps were added to our fitbits before getting back in the car and driving several more hours south.
For more history/knowledge/folklore on Devils Tower.