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Rock Of Ages
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This is a brightly colored artistically enhanced photograph of a log that has turned to rock over the ages. Buried more than 200 million years ago, such trees were fossilized into these beautiful petrified rocks that today lie strewn across clay hills of northern Arizona. Due to the brittle crystalized nature of the quartz within the petrified wood, clean fractures, evenly spaced along the tree trunk were created as the earth shifted, and then under great pressure, broke the rocks like glass rods. Petrified Forest National Park is a United States national park in Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona. The park's headquarters is about 26 miles (42 km) east of Holbrook along Interstate 40 (I-40), which parallels the BNSF Railway's Southern Transcon, the Puerco River, and historic U.S. Route 66, all crossing the park roughly east�west. Named for its large deposits of petrified wood, the park covers about 146 square miles (380 km2), encompassing semi-desert shrub steppe as well as highly eroded and colorful badlands. The site, the northern part of which extends into the Painted Desert, was declared a national monument in 1906 and a national park in 1962. About 600,000 people visit the park each year and take part in activities including sightseeing, photography, hiking, and backpacking.
Originally from northern Minnesota where winters are long, harsh and gorgeous, and where changing seasons fill the outdoors with color. As a photographer and artist, I deeply appreciate nature's creativity and have always marveled at it's beauty and unlimited spectrum of color. I enjoy capturing natural moments of life in pictures, and I'm forever learning new technologies to further expand my own creativity.
- Janice Sakry
December 5th, 2012
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