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Shiprock


The awe inspiring, Shiprock, an ancient solidified lava plug, some 27million years old, rising 1,583ft, straight out of the New Mexico plain,  three times the height of Blackpool tower. Sacred to the Navaho tribe, a place steeped in their myth and history .First climbed in 1939, and incidentally, the first time fixed aids were used on a climb in the U.S.A. Climbing is now banned on the rock, as it is considered a sacred place,though,if you search on Youtube...

Shiprock


The awe inspiring, Shiprock, an ancient solidified lava plug, some 27million years old, rising 1,583ft, straight out of the New Mexico plain,  three times the height of Blackpool tower. Sacred to the Navaho tribe, a place steeped in their myth and history .First climbed in 1939, and incidentally, the first time fixed aids were used on a climb in the U.S.A. Climbing is now banned on the rock, as it is considered a sacred place,though,if you search on Youtube...

comments (16)

Oh Frank this is stunning! No - there's just no way to show the scale, but it's awesome none-the-less. Looks fab in B&W!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Elizabeth,I tried a few versions of this,then gave up and came back to this one...smile What a place this was!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Dec 2013, 06:48
I rarely use the word awesome but I think it's appropriate here Frank!
Frank L Croston.: Indeed,Chris,I haven't done it justice here,it is just amazing.
THat is a heck of a rock! The treatment suits it well Frank
Frank L Croston.: Thanks,Bill,I'm not entirely happy with it,but wanted to show this place somehow.
very well composed
Frank L Croston.: Thank you, Chantal.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 19 Dec 2013, 09:43
A rock you would not soon forget. I like the backlighting.
Frank L Croston.: I don't think I ever will,Mary,Thank you.
Fanstatic image... beautiful tones/effects
Frank L Croston.: Thanks very much,Aderonke,glad you think so.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Dec 2013, 12:19
Fabulous! On my first visit to New Mexico, I caught sight of this as I drove between Monument Valley and Chama. I knew nothing of the rock at that time but then found this image http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/1912-1611 from Tom Till and I've since been back twice hoping to see similar lightning! I did get a very close of a rattle snake on my first proper visit; it was pleased to see me because it was wagging its tail.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks,I'm glad you have seen it Alan,that photo is stunning.I would love to see it again in 'worse' conditions. smile Err,about the Rattlesnake,Alan...
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Dec 2013, 14:00
Yes...fits your description well, Frank.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Ray,a truly amazing place.
Magnificent isn't it
Frank L Croston.: Very much so,Janet,I haven't really done it justice,it's scale is difficult to take in even when you are there,as it is completely on its own.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Dec 2013, 14:24
shiprock or shipwreck - in any case a grandious, gorgeous phenomenon -I understand well that it is a sacred place which should never be entered by the humans! A great photograph!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks,Philine,I'm glad you like it.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Dec 2013, 14:29
Awe inspiring indeed
Frank L Croston.: My awe was certainly inspired,Anne! smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Dec 2013, 16:11
I can well imagine this was and is an important holy place. Great image
What a magnificent thing to see, I'm quite envious Frank, as I'm sure some of the others are today. Had to laugh at Alan's comment, why did you not completely put him right about the "S" creature?
Frank L Croston.: What struck me about this,Brian,was it was completely unknown to me,unlike some places we visited,I couldn't believe it wasn't world famous.Lets not talk about the " S" thing...( shuddering)
Very nice Frank, a good place for a close encounter smile
Frank L Croston.: It does have that kind of feel, John,a remarkable place.
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Dec 2013, 19:55
wow-eee! Lunar!
Frank L Croston.: Could be when you are there,Sarah!
Sacred and mysterious. Wonderful capture Frank.
Frank L Croston.: Thank you, Jacquelyn.

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